Heath Miller Retires after 11 years in the NFL


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After spending 11 years in the league, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller is hanging up his cleats, announcing his retirement. In the final game of his career, Miller had two catches for 9 yards in a wildcard loss to Cincinnati Bengals.

Since getting drafted in 2005, Miller had 592 career receptions, 45 touchdowns, for 6,569 yards. He won two Super Bowl titles with the Steelers in 2005 and 2008.

Miller was a productive tight end for the Steelers. He was the type of tight end that could put up more than six touchdowns and have over 50 receptions a season. Steelers fans will always be remember him for his production on the field and off the field. He was also a pretty good pass and run blocker as well.

The Steelers are going to missing an important offensive weapon in Miller. The team now has to look into free agency and the draft this offseason to look for a tight end that could replace him in that offense. Nobody can really replace what he meant to the team on and off the field.

Miller retires with being the franchise leader in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns by a tight end. He is also number six all time in receptions by a tight end in league history. Miller was an iron man, missing only eight games over his career. There should be talks for if he deserves to be in the hall of fame in the next few years, but that’s a story for another day.

One player that will miss Miller is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. During Miller’s time with the team he was the personal security blanket for Roethlisberger. It will be tough for Roethlisberger to replace him in the offense, but with guys like Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant at wide receiver, that will make life without Miller easier.


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