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Aaron Smith Thanks Steelers Fans In Letter

Behind The Steel Curtain notes that Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith, whose career with the team is coming to an end, took out a full-page ad in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday to thank Steelers fans.

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I may no longer be on the Steelers active roster, but I will always be a Steeler and will never forget the people who made it all worthwhile -- the fans, the Rooneys, the front office, the equipment guys and trainers, my teammates and family. Thank you for supporting me ...

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We plan on making Pittsburgh our home and I will endeavor for the rest of my days to find a way to thank each and every one of you personally for all that you have done and meant for me and my family. You cheered for me for 13 years and now I cheer for you for the rest of my life. You will always be in my heart, thoughts and prayers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to have the job of a lifetime.

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That's a classy move from Smith. Steelers fans will miss him.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.