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Aaron Smith
DE #91
Height:
6-5
Weight:
298
College:
Northern Colorado
Experience:
13
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 160 408 297 111 44 0 18 1 0 0 -- 0
2011 PIT 4 8 3 5 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 PIT 6 15 7 8 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 PIT 5 9 6 3 2 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 PIT 16 60 44 16 5.5 -- 4 -- -- -- -- --
2007 PIT 11 30 21 9 2.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006 PIT 16 61 44 17 4.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2005 PIT 16 39 29 10 2 -- 3 1 0 0 -- 0
2004 PIT 16 43 31 12 8 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2003 PIT 16 45 36 9 2 -- 7 -- -- -- -- --
2002 PIT 16 70 53 17 5.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2001 PIT 16 28 23 5 8 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2000 PIT 16 -- -- -- 4 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
1999 PIT 6 -- -- -- 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

PRO (160-152/13-13): Signed a four-year contract extension during the 2007 offseason to keep him with the team through the 2011 season...has developed into one of the NFL’s top defensive linemen…named to the 2008 USA Today All-Joe Team…named to the 2005 Pro Bowl after finishing the 2004 season with a career high eight sacks…only one player has more tenure on the team than Smith (Ward)…originally drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft.

PRO (160-152/13-13): Signed a four-year contract extension during the 2007 offseason to keep him with the team through the 2011 season...has developed into one of the NFL’s top defensive linemen…named to the 2008 USA Today All-Joe Team…named to the 2005 Pro Bowl after finishing the 2004 season with a career high eight sacks…only one player has more tenure on the team than Smith (Ward)…originally drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft.

2011 (4-4/0-0): 9/11 at Baltimore: Started at DE…had two tackles…9/18 vs. Seattle: Made his 150th career start at DE…had two tackles and three QB pressures…was part of a defense that held the Seahawks to 164 total yards and had five sacks…9/25 at Indianapolis: Started at DE…had two tackles and one QB pressure…was part of a defense that held the Colts to 241 total yards…10/2 at Houston: Played in his 160th career game, starting at DE…had five tackles…left the game in the third quarter with a foot injury and did not return…10/9 vs. Tennessee: Was inactive due to a foot injury…10/16 vs. Jacksonville: Was inactive due to a foot injury…10/22: Was placed on the Reserve/Injured List with a neck injury.

2010 (6-6/0-0): Started the first six games of the regular season at DE before suffering a triceps injury…was inactive for the remainder of the season and for all three postseason games…finished the season with 16 tackles and 13 QB pressures…was part of a defense that held its opponents to an NFL-best and Steelers’ team-record 62.8 rushing yards per game…9/12 vs. Atlanta:  Had two tackles and a QB pressure…was a part of a defense that held the Falcons to only 58 yards rushing...9/19 at Tennessee: Had a team-high four QB pressures…had one assisted tackle…was part of a defense that limited the Titans to only 46 rushing yards and forced six Tennessee turnovers…9/26 at Tampa Bay: Had two tackles…had two QB pressures…was part of a defense that limited the Buccaneers to only 75 yards rushing…10/3 vs. Baltimore: Had four tackles and one QB pressure…was part of a defense that limited the Ravens to only 70 yards rushing and forced two turnovers…10/17 vs. Cleveland: Had four tackles and two quarterback pressures…was part of a defense that forced three Cleveland turnovers, had five sacks and held the Browns to 70 rushing yards…10/24 at Miami: Finished with three tackles and three quarterback pressures…was part of a defense that held the Dolphins to 64 yards rushing…left the game in the third quarter with an arm injury and did not return…10/31 at New Orleans: Was inactive due to an arm injury…11/8 at Cincinnati: Was inactive due to an arm injury…11/14 vs. New England: Was inactive due to an arm injury…11/21 vs. Oakland: Was inactive due to an arm injury…11/28 at Buffalo: Was inactive due to an arm injury…12/5 at Baltimore: Was inactive due to an arm injury…12/12 vs. Cincinnati: Was inactive due to an arm injury…12/19 vs. New York Jets: Was inactive due to an arm injury…12/23 vs. Carolina: Was inactive due to an arm injury…1/2 at Cleveland: Was inactive due to an arm injury…AFC Divisional Game 1/15 vs. Baltimore: Was inactive due to an arm injury…AFC Championship Game 1/23 vs. New York Jets: Was inactive due to an arm injury…Super Bowl XLV 2/6 vs. Green Bay: Was inactive due to an arm injury.

2009 (5-5): Started five games at DE before injuring his shoulder…had two sacks and 13 tackles…placed on Reserve/Injured list before Week 6…9/10 vs. Tennessee: Made his 17th consecutive start at LE…finished with four tackles (three solo) and had three QB pressures…blocked a 31-yard FG attempt by Rob Bironas in the second quarter…9/20 at Chicago: Made his 18th consecutive start at LE…recorded three solo tackles, one sack and three QB pressures…went over 500 tackles (501) for his career…9/27 at Cincinnati: Made his 140th career start at LE…had one assisted tackle and two QB pressures…10/4 vs. San Diego: Made his 141st career start at LE…had one solo tackle, a sack and four pressures…10/11 at Detroit: Made his 142nd career start at LE…recorded four tackles (two solo) and two pressures…10/14: Placed on Reserved/Injured List.

2008 (16-16/3-3): Started all 16 regular-season games for the sixth time in his career...named to the USA Today All-Joe team...finished the season with 62 tackles (53 solo), the third-highest total of his career... added 4.5 sacks and four pass defenses...named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording six solo tackles and one sack in the division-clinching victory at Baltimore in Week 15...started all three postseason games...finished with six postseason tackles (four solo) and one sack...9/7 vs. Houston: Played in his 130th career game and made his 122nd career start at LE...recorded two solo tackles and finished second on the team with two QB pressures...9/14 at Cleveland: Made his 123rd career start at LE...recorded four solo tackles...recorded both Steelers’ sacks for a combined loss of 11 yards...led the team with four QB pressures...9/21 at Philadelphia: Made his 124th career start at LE...finished with two solo tackles, one QB hit and one QB pressure...helped limit the Eagles to only 65 yards rushing on 23 attempts (2.8 avg.)...9/29 vs. Baltimore: Made his 125th career start at LE...finished with six tackles (five solo)...10/5 at Jacksonville: Made his 126th career start at LE...recorded a seaso nhigh seven tackles (six solo)...added one QB pressure and one pass defense...10/19 at Cincinnati: Made his 127th career start at LE...recorded three tackles (two solo) with one QB pressure...10/26 vs. New York Giants: Started his seventh consecutive game at LE... finished with five tackles (four solo)...11/3 at Washington: Started his eighth consecutive game at LE... finished with three solo tackles and one sack...11/9 vs. Indianapolis: Made his 130th career start at LE... led the defensive line with five tackles (three solo)... had one sack...finished second behind James Harrison with three QB pressures...11/16 vs. San Diego: Made his 10th consecutive start at LE...finished with three solo tackles and two QB pressures...11/20 vs. Cincinnati: Played in his 140th career game...finished with three solo tackles and had a career-high three pass defenses...11/30 at New England: Made his 12th consecutive start at LE...recorded five tackles (two solo) and had a half-sack...12/7 vs. Dallas: Made his 13th consecutive start at LE...recorded three solo tackles...12/14 at Baltimore: Made his 14th consecutive start at LE...finished with six solo tackles and one QB pressure...recorded his fifth sack of the season in the third quarter...12/21 at Tennessee: Made his 15th  consecutive start at LE...finished with three tackles (two solo) and had two QB hits...12/28 vs. Cleveland: Made his 16th consecutive start at LE...recorded two solo tackles...AFC Divisional Game 1/11 vs. San Diego: Made his 11th career postseason start at LE...finished with three tackles (two solo) and had one QB pressure...AFC Championship Game 1/18 vs. Baltimore: Made his second consecutive postseason start at LE...finished with two solo tackles and a team-high four QB pressures...recorded his third career postseason sack...Super Bowl XLIII 2/1 vs. Arizona: Made his third consecutive postseason start at LE...finished with one assisted tackle.

2007 (11-11/0-0): Started 11 games…was inactive Weeks 8 and 9 due to a knee injury…was placed on the Reserve/Injured List on Dec. 11…still managed to finish second among DL with 39 tackles...added 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries…was fourth on the team with 18 QB pressures...9/9 at Cleveland: Started at LE…had six tackles (four solo) with one sack for a loss of five yards and one fumble recovery…his sack tied him for 10th on the Steelers All-Time sack leader list...9/16 vs. Buffalo: Started in his 38th consecutive game at LE and had three tackles (two solo)…also had two quarterback pressures during the 43 snaps he played...9/23 vs. San Francisco: Started his 39th consecutive game at LE and registered two solo tackles…those tackles put him over 400 career tackles (401)…also had three quarterback pressures on Alex Smith...9/30 at Arizona: Started at LE and was in on 53 defensive snaps…had four solo tackles on the day, while also recorded a half sack for a loss four yards…also had one quarterback hit…part of a defensive that limited Edgerrin James to 77 rushing yards...10/7 vs. Seattle: Started at LE and was in on 38 defensive snaps…registered five solo tackles…part of a defensive unit that allowed only 144 total yards, 38 rushing yards, 106 passing yards and only eight first downs...10/21 at Denver: Started at LE but left the game after eight plays due to a knee injury…registered two solo tackles during that brief period...10/28 at Cincinnati: Was inactive due to a knee injury...11/5 vs. Baltimore: Was inactive for the second game in a row due to an injury...11/11 vs. Cleveland: Returned to LE after suffering a knee injury against the Broncos’ and logged 53 defensive snaps…paced all defensive linemen with four solo tackle…part of a defensive unit that allowed only 163 total yards, including 40 rushing and 123 passing yards...11/18 at New York Jets: Started for the 118th game of his career…logged 67 defensive snaps…finished with three solo tackles and one quarterback hit...11/26 vs. Miami: Made his 127th career start at LE and finished the game with four tackles (one solo)…posted a sack in the third quarter for a loss of six yards and also recorded his second fumble of the season…part of a defense that gave up only 159 total yards, including 49 rushing, 110 passing and only nine first downs...12/2 vs. Cincinnati: Registered his 120th career start at LE and logged 61 defensive plays…finished the game with three tackles (two solo), one hit on Bengals’ quarterback Carson Palmer and four pressures...12/9 at New England: Started at LE, while playing in his 129th career game…participated in 53 defensive plays…posted two solo tackles, two hits on the QB and tallied two pressures on Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady.

2006 (16-16): Started all 16 games at defensive end…finished with 64 tackles and 4.5 sacks…added one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…9/7 vs. Miami: Recorded two solo tackles and two quarterback hurries/pressures while logging 34 snaps…teamed with Ike Taylor to tackle Ronnie Brown for a loss of two yards on a crucial third-and-two with 6:32 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Steelers trailing…helped limit Miami to just 38 yards rushing, the lowest against Pittsburgh since Nov. 7, 2004 vs. Philadelphia (23 yards)…9/18 at Jacksonville: Started at LDE and led the team's defensive linemen with three solo tackles…logged 57 plays and recorded one quarterback hurry/pressure…9/24 vs. Cincinnati: Recorded five tackles (three solo) while logging 53 plays…added a pass defense and one sack for a loss of five yards…sack gave him 30.5 for his career and moved him into 13th place on the Steelers all-time sack list, passing Chad Brown (30)…10/8 at San Diego: Recorded four solo tackles and two quarterback hurries/pressures in 61 plays…10/15 vs. Kansas City: Logged 46 plays and recorded one solo tackle and two quarterback hurries/pressures…helped hold the Chiefs to 38 rushing yards…10/22 at Atlanta: Started for the 100th career time…recorded seven tackles (six solo) and a quarterback hurry/pressure in 70 snaps…10/29 at Oakland: Recorded six tackles (five solo) in 49 snaps…teamed with Clark Haggans to sack Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter for a loss of two yards…tied Mike Merriweather and Chad Brown for 12th on the Steelers' all-time sack list with 31…11/5 vs. Denver: Led the defensive line with six tackles (four solo) and one pass defense…recorded team's only sack…marked the 32nd sack of his career, tying Steve Furness for 11th on the Steelers' all-time list…logged 48 plays…11/12 vs. New Orleans: Led the team with three quarterback hurries/pressures…collected five tackles (four solo) while logging 68 plays…11/19 at Cleveland: Logged 57 plays and recorded three solo tackles and two quarterback hurries/pressures…11/26 at Baltimore: Logged 64 plays and collected three tackles (one solo) and one quarterback hurry/pressure…added one tackle for loss…12/3 vs. Tampa Bay: Collected three solo tackles…added one sack and one quarterback hurry pressure…now has 33.0 career sacks, ranking 11th on the Steelers all-time list…12/7 vs. Cleveland: Logged 43 snaps and recorded four tackles (two solo) and one quarterback hurry/pressure…added his first forced fumble and fumble recovery on the season…12/17 at Carolina: Logged 32 plays and collected two solo tackles and two quarterback hurries/pressures…recorded one sack for a loss of four yards…helped limit Carolina to 43 yards rushing…12/24 vs. Baltimore: Posted a game-high (tied) eight tackles (four solo)…12/31 at Cincinnati: Logged 53 plays and collected three tackles (two solo) and three quarterback hurries/pressures.

2005 (16-16/4-4): Started all 16 games and finished with 55 tackles (45 solo), which is the second highest in his career (68 in 2002)…his 55 tackles were tops among Pittsburgh's down linemen…also finished with a personal-best nine postseason tackles, leading all Steelers defensive linemen…had two sacks and seven TFLs in the regular season to go along with his first career interception (at Cincinnati)…9/11 vs. Tennessee: Played 37 defensive snaps and recorded five solo tackles…9/18 at Houston: Played 44 snaps on defense and recorded two solo tackles…9/25 vs. New England: Played 60 snaps…finished with two tackles and a quarterback hurry/pressure…10/10 at San Diego: Started at left defensive end and played 56 snaps…recorded two solo tackles and three quarterback hurries/pressures…10/16 vs. Jacksonville: Played 64 snaps and finished the game with six tackles (five solo), a sack for a seven-yard loss and a quarterback hurry/pressure…10/23 at Cincinnati: Logged 50 plays and finished the game with two tackles (one solo), two quarterback hurries/pressures, a pass defense and his first career interception…10/31 vs. Baltimore: Registered 62 snaps and finished with one solo tackle…11/6 at Green Bay: Recorded three solo tackles while playing 54 snaps…also added a quarterback hurry/pressure…11/13 vs. Cleveland: Had four tackles (three solo) and a quarterback hurry/pressure while logging 43 snaps…11/20 at Baltimore: Finished with eight tackles (six solo), a sack and a forced fumble, which was recovered by Deshea Townsend…also registered two quarterback hurries/pressures…11/28 at Indianapolis: Logged 48 plays and recorded seven tackles (six solo) and two quarterback hurries/pressures...12/4 vs. Cincinnati: Logged 53 snaps and recorded one solo tackle and one quarterback hurry/pressure…added a pass defense when he swatted a Carson Palmer pass at the line of scrimmage…12/11 vs. Chicago: Recorded two solo tackles and three quarterback hurries/pressures on 51 snaps…12/18 at Minnesota: Started at LDE and recorded five solo tackles and two quarterback hurries/pressures on 49 snaps…12/24 at Cleveland: Recorded one tackle and a quarterback hurry/pressure on 42 plays…1/1 vs. Detroit: Recorded four solo tackles and one quarterback hurry/pressure…also recovered a fumble and added a pass defense…AFC Wild Card Game 1/8 at Cincinnati: Started at LDE and recorded three tackles (one solo)…AFC Divisional Game 1/15 at Indianapolis: Had one solo tackle and helped the team hold the Colts to 58 yards rushing…AFC Championship Game 1/22 at Denver: Started at LDE and recorded one assisted tackle…Super Bowl XL 2/5 vs. Seattle: Recorded four tackles (three solo).

2004 (16-15/2-2): Named to his first Pro Bowl after leading the team with eight sacks, tying a career high…followed up the regular season with a strong postseason...9/12 vs. Oakland: Started his 64th straight game for the Steelers and produced another outstanding performance…finished with four tackles—all solo—including a sack and forced a fumble...recovered a fumble and returned it 49 yards…logged 57 defensive plays...9/19 at Baltimore: Finished with five total tackles—three solo—and his second sack of the season…also was credited with a quarterback hurry/pressure...played 58 defensive snaps...9/26 at Miami: Tied for the team lead with three tackles for losses (James Farrior), totaling a team-high four yards…registered six total tackles (four solo)…also was credited with two quarterback hurries/pressures…logged 54 defensive plays...10/3 vs. Cincinnati: Finished with one assisted tackle…also was credited with three quarterback hurries/pressures…played 60 defensive snaps...10/10 vs. Cleveland: Registered his third sack of the season…finished with one solo tackle and was credited with two quarterback hurries/pressures…played 50 defensive snaps...10/17 at Dallas: Recorded his fourth sack of the season and his second in as many games…finished with three total tackles…also had one quarterback hurry/pressure…logged 53 defensive plays...10/31 vs. New England: Recovered his second fumble of the season that was forced by Joey Porter…also registered his fifth sack of the season and his third in three games…finished with two solo tackles…also was credited with two quarterback hurries/pressures...11/7 vs. Philadelphia: Registered three total tackles (two solo)…also was credited with a quarterback hurry/pressure…logged 34 defensive plays...11/14 at Cleveland: Recorded his team-leading sixth sack of the season…also forced a fumble on his sack that was recovered and returned for a TD by Russell Stuvaints…finished with three total tackles—all solo…also was credited with one quarterback hurry/pressure…played 42 defensive snaps...11/21 at Cincinnati: Had another strong performance and registered his team-leading seventh sack of the season…finished with three total tackles (all solo)…also was credited with two quarterback hurries/pressures…logged 41 defensive plays...11/28 vs. Washington: Finished with five tackles…was credited with a sack for seven yards and a forced fumble…also was credited with three quarterback hurries/pressures…played 53 defensive snaps...12/5 at Jacksonville: Recorded four total tackles (one solo)…also was credited with one quarterback hurry/pressure…logged 62 defensive plays...12/12 vs. N.Y. Jets: Was very disruptive once again…finished with six total tackles (three solo)...12/18 at New York Giants: Finished with five total tackles (three solo)…also was credited with one quarterback hurry/pressure…played all 48 defensive snaps...12/26 vs. Baltimore: Registered four total tackles (three solo)…also was credited with one quarterback hurry/pressure…played 48 defensive snaps...1/2 at Buffalo: Played 12 defensive snaps...AFC Divisional Playoff Game 1/15 vs. New York Jets: Started his fifth postseason game…registered his second career postseason sack (three yards)…finished with three solo tackles…AFC Championship Game 1/23 vs. New England: Finished with five total tackles, including three solo stops.

2003 (16-16): Finished the season with 52 total tackles (40 solo stops)…also recorded two sacks...started every regular-season game for the third straight season...9/7 vs. Baltimore: Logged 53 defensive plays in season-opener…finished with three solo tackles…also was credited with three quarterback hurries/pressures...10/12 at Denver: Registered his first sack of the season…finished with three total tackles…also was with a credited quarterback hurry/pressure…logged 50 defensive plays...11/2 at Seattle: Finished with five total tackles (four solo), including one for a loss of two yards…also was credited with two quarterback hurries/pressures…played 59 defensive snaps...12/7 vs. Oakland: Registered his second sack of the season and forced a fumble…finished with two total tackles…registered 48 plays...12/14 at New York Jets: Finished with seven total tackles (all solo)…also was credited with three quarterback hurries/pressures…logged 56 defensive plays...12/21 vs. San Diego: Registered three total tackles (two solo)…was credited with two quarterback hurries/pressures…played 51 defensive snaps.

2002 (16-16/2-2): Produced a solid 2002 season, finishing with a career high 68 tackles (60 solo) to go along with 5.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries…9/9 at New England: Played 58 defensive snaps in season-opener…finished with four total tackles (three solo)…also had three quarterback hurries/pressures...9/15 vs. Oakland: Finished with three solo tackles…logged 84 defensive plays…also had two quarterback hurries/pressures...9/29 vs. Cleveland: Played 59 defensive snaps…finished with five total tackles (three solo)…registered his first sack of the season…also was credited with three quarterback hurries/pressures...10/6 at New Orleans: Had a very active day…played 53 defensive snaps…led the team with nine total tackles (seven solo)…also had one quarterback hurry/pressure...10/21 vs. Indianapolis: Was outstanding in Monday Night game…registered eight total tackles (all solo), including a sack for five yards…logged 63 defensive plays…also was credited with two quarterback hurries/pressures...10/27 at Baltimore: Finished with two total tackles, both solo, including one for a loss…logged 70 defensive plays…also was credited with two quarterback hurries/pressures...11/3 at Cleveland: Totaled three solo tackles…also was credited with two quarterback hurries/pressures...11/10 vs. Atlanta: Finished with four solo tackles…played 73 defensive snaps...11/17 at Tennessee: Recorded two solo tackles…also was credited with three quarterback hurries/pressures…logged 72 defensive plays...11/24 vs. Cincinnati: Registered his third sack of the season…finished with three total tackles (all solo)…also was credited with three quarterback hurries/pressures…logged all 63 defensive plays...12/15 vs. Carolina: Had an extremely active day…tied Chad Scott with a team-high six tackles (all solo), including three for a total of seven yards in losses…also recovered a fumble forced by a Jason Gildon sack in the fourth quarter…was credited with two quarterback hurries/pressures…played 56 defensive snaps...12/23 at Tampa Bay: Continued his dominant play…finished with three total tackles (two solo)…also was credited with 2.5 sacks and recovered a fumble forced by Casey Hampton's sack of Rob Johnson...12/29 vs. Baltimore: Had another strong game…finished with three total tackles (all solo)…also recovered a fumble—his second in two games—forced by Jason Gildon on his sack…AFC Divisional Playoff Game 1/11 at Tennessee: Finished with two total tackles (one solo)…also recovered his first postseason fumble.

2001 (16-16/2-2): Established a career high with eight sacks…finished the season with 50 total tackles (35 solo stops)...9/9 at Jacksonville: Played well in his 16th straight start at left end in season-opener…played 51 defensive snaps…finished with six total tackles (five solo) and had one sack…also registered one tackle for a loss of seven yards...9/30 at Buffalo: Had another excellent performance…logged 48 plays…finished with seven total tackles (five solo)…also had his second sack of the season...10/7 vs. Cincinnati: Logged 56 defensive plays…recorded his third sack of the season and finished with seven total tackles (five solo)...10/14 at Kansas City: Performed superbly…increased his team lead in sacks to four…logged 60 defensive plays…finished with four total tackles (three solo)…also was credited with a quarterback hurry/pressure...11/11 at Cleveland: Was credited with one sack, giving him a then career-high five sacks for the season…logged 59 defensive plays…finished with three total tackles…also was credited with four quarterback hurries/pressures...11/25 at Tennessee: Recorded his sixth sack of the season…logged 60 defensive plays…finished with three total tackles…also had five quarterback hurries/pressures...12/6 at Baltimore: Played all 55 defensive snaps…finished with four tackles…also was credited with four quarterback hurries/pressures...12/23 vs. Detroit: Registered his career-high seventh sack of the season…logged 50 defensive plays…finished with two total tackles…also forced a fumble on his sack that was recovered by Earl Holmes…was credited with two quarterback hurries/pressures...12/30 at Cincinnati: Logged 99 defensive plays…finished with two total tackles…also was credited with three quarterback hurries/pressures...1/6 vs. Cleveland: Had another strong game…registered his eighth sack of the season…finished with two tackles…also had one pass defense…was credited with three quarterback hurries/pressures...AFC Divisional Playoff Game 1/20 vs. Baltimore: Finished with two tackles (one solo)...AFC Championship Game 1/27 vs. New England: Registered four total tackles (three solo)…also recorded the first postseason sack of his career.

2000 (16-15): Finished with 49 total tackles (38 solo)…led defensive line with four sacks and two passes defensed…9/3 vs. Baltimore: Made his first pro start at left end…logged 35 defensive plays…was credited with three assisted tackles...9/17 at Cleveland: Saw extension action when Chris Sullivan experienced back spasms and was forced from the game…logged 32 defensive plays…finished with one solo tackle...9/24 vs. Tennessee: Earned his second pro start in place of Chris Sullivan…logged 25 defensive plays…finished with one solo tackle...10/1 at Jacksonville: Made his second consecutive start and was terrific…registered his first two career sacks…was credited with a career-high eight total tackles, including five solo stops...10/8 at New York Jets: Started his third straight game…logged 29 plays…was credited with four total tackles, all solo...10/15 vs. Cincinnati: Logged 41 plays…finished with three total tackles...10/22 vs. Cleveland: Earned his fifth straight start…logged 22 defensive snaps…finished with one tackle and was credited with three quarterback hurries/pressures...10/29 at Baltimore: Was solid in his sixth consecutive start…logged 39 defensive snaps…finished with three tackles...also was credited with one sack, a quarterback hurry/pressure and one pass defensed...11/5 at Tennessee: Had a very active day…logged 59 defensive snaps…finished with three tackles, two of which resulted in five yards in losses...11/12 vs. Philadelphia: Had a very productive day…logged 57 defensive snaps…finished with five solo tackles…also was credited with a sack and two quarterback hurries/pressures...12/3 vs. Oakland: Played 41 defensive snaps…finished with three total tackles, all solo…also was credited with one quarterback hurry/pressure...12/10 at New York Giants: Finished with three total tackles (two solo)…12/16 vs. Washington: Logged 32 defensive plays…registered one solo tackle…also was credited with two quarterback hurries/pressures...12/24 at San Diego: Played 23 defensive snaps…finished with two solo total tackles…also had one quarterback hurry/pressure.

1999 (6-0): Finished the season with one assist in limited playing time…10/3 vs. Jacksonville: Dressed for his first game as a pro…did not play...10/25 vs. Atlanta: Saw first pro action in Monday Night game…played six downs...11/7 at San Francisco: Played his most action of the season, logging nine plays....1/2 vs. Tennessee: Logged six plays…recorded his only tackle of the season…also had one pass defense.

COLLEGE: Was a consensus Division II first-team All-America selection…was an All-North Conference first-team pick and voted conference's Most Valuable Defensive Lineman…holds Northern Colorado's career record with 44 sacks. 1998: Was team captain for the second straight year...totaled 63 stops (39 solo), 22 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and 11.5 sacks. 1997: Was a Daktronics and Burger King/American Football Coaches Association first-team All-America choice...recorded 57 tackles (30 solo), including 15.5 sacks and 17 tackles for losses. 1996: Was voted All-NCC honorable mention as a sophomore...recorded 55 tackles (27 solo) with nine sacks and 17 stops behind the line of scrimmage...majored in political science.

PERSONAL: Is married (Jaimie) with three daughters, Elliana (7), Elysia (2) and Emilia (1), and son, Elijah (5)...was a consensus All-State selection at Sierra (Colorado Springs, Colo.) High...also lettered in basketball...was a two time All-Conference choice in both sports...son of Ruth Smith...Full name: Aaron Douglas Smith.

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