JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith wants everyone to “stop going crazy” because he is stepping away from football for the 2019 season.
Smith, the team’s leading tackler the last two years, posted a video on his Instagram story Saturday in which he questioned the outrage over his decision.
“Why is it so crazy I want to step away from the game?” Smith said. “Y’all just chill. Everything’s solid, you feel me? Stop going crazy. It’s getting aggravating. You feel me? Football ain’t everything. Y’all better wake the (expletive) up.”
It was Smith’s first public comments since announcing in a letter Thursday that he is temporarily walking away from the game to “get my world in order.”
Smith’s decision surprised the Jaguars and caused speculation about his health, his family and his future with the franchise.
The speedy, undersized linebacker has missed just four games in five seasons, including two games during his Pro Bowl season in 2017 because of a concussion. He has 586 tackles, nine interceptions, 7½ sacks and five forced fumbles.
Smith had been skipping voluntary workouts and declined to…