Tyron Smith Says Heartfelt Goodbye To Cowboys Fan

Tyron Smith, an offensive lineman, left the Dallas Cowboys after 13 seasons. 

The New York Jets announced Monday that they had signed the eight-time Pro Bowler to a free agent contract.

A short time later, Smith said his final goodbyes to the only NFL franchise he had ever known.

"Thirteen years sure is a long time to sum up in one short letter to thousands of people who have made my time in Dallas so memorable," Smith said in an Instagram post. 

"It's been a long and wild ride, with of ups and downs, but Cowboy Nation, you've been there through it all.

"Cowboy Nation, thank you for everything." While I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my football career, a piece of my heart will always remain in Texas. "Until we meet again."

Smith, the No. 9 overall choice in the 2011 NFL Draft out of USC, was an immediate starter for the Cowboys. Between 2013 and 2019, he appeared in seven consecutive Pro Bowls and was named four times to the All-Pro team, including two first-team choices.

Smith's 2020 and 2022 seasons were cut short by injuries, but he made the Pro Bowl in 2021 and was voted second-team All-Pro this season.

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