Born: December 29, 1983
Town: Toms River
Jason Michael Snelling was born December 29, 1983 in Toms River. He was one of three sons born to Lillian and John Snelling. The Snellings moved to Chester, Virginia, when Jason was young. He and his brothers were big, fast, sure-handed football players who excelled in youth leagues and later for J.C. Bird High School. Jason was also an excellent student.
Jason started all four years for coaches Ron Paquette and Dave Bedwell at J.C. Bird, racking up over 3,000 yards. At 5’11” and over 200 pounds, Jason projected as a big-college fullback. He was delighted to be offered a scholarship from the University of Virginia. After red-shirting his sophomore year due to epilepsy, he became the team’s starting fullback in 2005 and 2006, competing in his final varsity senior as a graduate student. He sometimes lined up as a tight end for the Cavaliers—a skill that did not go unnoticed by the pros.
Jason was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round. He saw limited action in his first two seasons, then had a breakout year in 2009. Teaming with Michael Turner in the backfield, he ran for over 600 yards and caught 30 passes. In 2010, he caught a career-best 44 passes.
Jason’s best game came agaist Tampa Bay at the end of the 2009 season, when he rushed for 147 yards. Jason finished his career in 2013, retiring prior to the 2014 season.