Jaguars LB Smith — ‘Football ain’t everything’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith will not be pleased with the way in which some folks have reacted to his resolution to step away from soccer for the 2019 season.

Smith posted an Instagram story on Saturday through which he stated he’s getting irritated with the criticism and reminded folks that there’s extra to life than soccer.

“Why is it so loopy I need to step away from the sport?” Smith stated. “Y’all simply chill. Every part’s stable, you are feeling me? Cease going loopy. It is getting aggravating. You are feeling me? Soccer ain’t every thing. Y’all higher wake the f— up.”

Smith posted a press release Thursday afternoon on his Instagram account saying he wouldn’t play soccer in 2019 as a result of he wanted to take day without work for his household and his well being. He didn’t rule out a return in 2020 and stated that when he does determine to retire, he desires to do it in Jacksonville.

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“It was stated to me from an amazing coach, that to ensure that the person to be his finest, he should get his world so as,” Smith’s publish learn. “At the moment I need to take time away from this recreation & get my world so as. I need to give this time again to myself, my household, & my well being. I admire the help I’ll & is not going to get. I simply ask y’all respect my resolution to not play soccer this season. I do know the rumors of commerce discuss happened, however I began my profession in Jacksonville & the day I do determined [sic] to name it quits it will likely be proper right here in Duval. I really like y’all & even in my day without work it is #10toesdwn ya really feel me!!! Love!”

Smith had not been attending the Jaguars’ voluntary offseason conditioning program, which started in April, and coach Doug Marrone stated Friday afternoon that he nonetheless has not spoken with Smith. Marrone additionally stated he desires Smith to know that he and the remainder of the group are there to help him if he desires to achieve out.

“I sort of put soccer to the facet,” Marrone stated after the primary day of the Jaguars’ rookie minicamp. “I believe that [football], to me, is an afterthought proper now. I actually consider in my coronary heart that Telvin is aware of that we’re right here to help him in any which method — not simply myself, the coaches, the group, his teammates, and I am certain he is conscious of that.

“All we are able to do is simply be certain we pray and he is aware of that if he wants some help, clearly we’re right here for him.”