PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers Center Maurkice Pouncey has officially retired from the NFL, said former Steelers security guard Ramon Foster on Friday.
Pouncey, a nine-time pro bowler and three-time first-team all-pro, retired with his brother Mike and said to Foster, “We started this journey when we were 6 and now at 31 we will close this chapter of our lives when I announce my retirement from the NFL. ”
The Steelers selected Pouncey in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He spent the next 11 years competing for black and gold and securing a spot on the 2010 All Decade team.
“I’m grateful for everything FOOTBALL has taught me and where it has taken me,” said Pouncey. “Dream big kids because they come true, not because you dream and think it will just happen, but because you work as hard as possible on it and make it happen!”
Pittsburgh’s captain joins Vance McDonald and James Daniel as Steelers colleagues to end their careers after the 2020 season.
“I love this guy,” said Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after the team lost the playoff. “He’s one of the best competitors and team-mates I’ve ever had. It was so much fun to share a soccer field with him.”
Noah Strackbein is a publisher at AllSteelers. Follow Noah on Twitter @NoahStrack and AllSteelers @si_steelers.