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Tyron Smith signs with the Jets and bids the Cowboys farewell: “A wild and lengthy ride”



Smith, 33, signed with the New York Jets in free agency. He’d spent his first 13 seasons with the Cowboys as a fixture at left tackle.

On Monday, he reached out to the only fans he’s known as an NFL player to bid farewell, writing an open letter on Instagram to express his gratitude.

“Cowboy Nation,” Smith wrote, “Humbly, I don’t even know where to begin. … 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.

It’s been a long and wild ride filled with plenty of ups and downs but, Cowboy Nation, you have been here through it all.”

In the short statement, Smith didn’t single out any one person but did thank the Jones family for his time there.

Smith stated, “To the Jones family, thank you for the incredible chance to play for the Cowboys and the life-altering experience for which my family and I will always be thankful.

“I will never forget the feeling of running out of the tunnel at AT&T Stadium or the roar of the crowd after a big play.”

For the Cowboys, Smith started 161 games. He was selected to two first-team All-Pro teams, the Hall of Fame’s All-2010s team, and eight Pro Bowls.

Though Smith signed a one-year contract with the Jets this offseason, he will now play blocking for Aaron Rodgers there, but his heart will always be in Dallas.

Smith wrote: “Thank you for everything, Cowboy Nation. Even though I’m eager to start this new chapter in my football career, Texas will always hold a special place in my heart.”

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