Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller retires

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller has retired, per a short statement from the Steelers’ front office.

Miller himself did not offer any comment, with the statement simply saying he has opted to hang up his cleats.

A career Steeler, the 33-year-old Miller was drafted 30th overall out of Virginia in the 2005 NFL Draft. During his career, he won two Super Bowls and made two Pro Bowls as a tight end who was never dominant like his contemporaries Rob Gronkowski or Jason Witten, but always had a reputation for showing up and doing his job at 100 percent effort. He leaves the game with 592 career catches for 6,569 yards and 45 touchdowns, more than respectable for a career that lasted over a decade.

Second-year player Jesse James figures to step up in Miller’s place, but there’s no doubt that the fan favorite will be missed.

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