Smith, 35, began his football career in college at the University of Missouri, and was drafted by the Bengals in 2001.
After seven years with Cincinnati, Smith signed on with the 49ers in 2008, which sparked the beginning of his skyrocketing popularity as a national football player.
“As a football coach, you will always be searching for the next Justin Smith, knowing full well you will never find a player quite like him,” said 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula.READ MORE: California Now Limits Medical Parole To Inmates On Ventilators
You will be missed, Smith!
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-Janice Daniels KHTK/Sacramento