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Longtime Baltimore Ravens Cornerback Announces Retirement At 34

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Jimmy Smith, one of the Baltimore Ravens' heroes of Super Bowl XLVII, is calling it a career. 

Smith, who spent his entire 11-year NFL career in Baltimore, has announced his retirement. 

Smith became a Baltimore legend for breaking up a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree on fourth-and-goal to preserve the Ravens' 34-31 championship victory. 

Now, almost 10 years later, Smith is retiring from football. 

"The Ravens announce that longtime CB Jimmy Smith will retire from the NFL after 11 seasons. A rock solid career that included winning a Super Bowl ring and starting 83 of 107 games," said Field Yates.

The longtime NFL cornerback is looking forward to spending more time with his family. 

"I've got three boys and now a girl," Smith said near the end of last season. "With the boys, they're old enough I can start getting them into sports. They're getting active. I've got time to figure out stuff long-term. I'm in no rush to get to work or anything. I don't have to, so that's a blessing.

"Part of it is, 'Do I even want to put my body through something like this again?' So I do cherish these last games. I'm getting old. I've been through a lot of injuries and they start to pile up on you."

Congratulations on a great career, Jimmy.