With many players deciding on retirement following the 2015 season, a beloved Steeler has decided to walk away from the game.
Longtime Steelers' tight end Heath Miller stated in a simple statement on Friday that he has decided to retire after 11 season with the Steelers.
Miller is the all-time leader in receptions (592), receiving yards (6,569) and receiving touchdowns (45) by a tight end. Overall, he ranks second in career receptions, fourth in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, and sixth in scrimmage yards (6,577) in Steelers’ annals. Miller is one of four players to record 500 receptions, one of five players to record 6,000 receiving yards and one of five players to record 40 receiving touchdowns in team history.
A two-time Super Bowl Champion (XL and XLIII), Miller was also a two-time Pro Bowler (2009 and 2012).
Miller missed just eight regular-season games during his career, with the fans at Heinz Field often chanting ''Heeeath'' every time he caught the ball. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger often called Miller the best teammate he's ever had.
Miller released a statement later Friday thanking the team "for giving me the opportunity to live out my childhood dream."
"I will always cherish and value the special bonds that I formed with my teammates. It was truly an honor for me to take the field with them," Miller said. "I am also appreciative of my entire family and all of the coaches who helped me along the way. Additionally, I want to thank Steelers Nation, the best fans in the NFL!"
Miller was considered the consummate pro, a great teammate and an all-around tight end, handling run-blocking duties as deftly as his pass-catching.
Miller was due $4.4 million in 2016 salary, so the Steelers now save that money for their 2016 salary cap.
Thanks for the memories Heath, you will be sorely missed.
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