Longtime Steelers' tight end, UVA grad Heath Miller retires

by Steven Clarke February 20, 2016, 4:14
Longtime Steelers' tight end, UVA grad Heath Miller retires

The Pittsburgh Steelers' all-time leading tight end in receptions and receiving yards, Heath Miller, retired this week, ending his eleven year career in the NFL.

Cook joined the Rams as a free agent before the 2013 season and set franchise records for most receiving yards by a tight end both in a single season (671 in 2013) and in a single game (141 on September 8, 2013 vs. Arizona). His career catches and yardage totals rank in the top four among tight ends in the period since he was drafted, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

"The chants of "HEEATH" will be missed at Heinz Field and around the entire NFL", Rooney said. Miller released a statement later Friday thanking the team "for giving me the opportunity to live out my childhood dream". Miller's 168 regular-season games played are the most by a tight end in Steelers' history.

Over these last two offseasons, the Steelers have now seen mainstays such as Miller, strong safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor retire. He was the team MVP following the 2012 season and Ben Roethlisberger has called him the greatest teammate he's ever had.

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"I am also appreciative of my entire family and all of the coaches who helped me along the way. We wish his entire family the best in his retirement, and we thank them for being part of the Steelers for 11 great years".

Dec 20, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates with tight end Heath Miller (83) after Brown caught a twenty-three yard touchdown pass against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville Jaguars’ backup quarterback Chad Henne has signed a two-year contract extension. I remember Miller's first career game like it was yesterday as I watched it in the sportsbook of The Mirage Casino in Las Vegas.

"It would be selfish of me to view it in any other way other than a great deal of admiration and appreciation for having an opportunity to work with Heath for nine of the 11 years he has done it", added Tomlin. He was always a reliable weapon and fit what the Steelers were looking for from a tight end - being a well-rounded player capable of helping in a number of areas. With Miller's retirement, the Steelers will need a new starter at TE.



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