PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Steeler’s close end Vance McDonald is retiring. The 30-year-old announced the decision on Friday, less than two …
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Steeler’s close end Vance McDonald is retiring.
The 30-year-old announced the decision on Friday, less than two weeks after his eighth season ended, when AFC North Champion Steelers was upset in the opening round of the Cleveland playoffs.
McDonald made 181 passes for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career, spending four seasons each with San Francisco and Pittsburgh. The 49ers selected him in the second round of the 2013 draft and swapped him out to Pittsburgh on the eve of the 2017 season.
McDonald was the Steelers nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2020 for his work with Convoy of Hope. The group provided non-perishable food, PPE, and cleaning supplies to more than 1,000 families in western Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My family and I are so grateful for everything NFL football has brought us in our lives – all the good and difficult memories, the relationships and friends we made along the way, the life lessons the game gave me and gave me loved ones, “McDonald said in a statement.
“It has always been our dream and mission to use the platform we have been given by the NFL to serve and elevate others on their path, and we will continue to find ways to serve others as we begin this next chapter of our life. I’m proud to be retiring a Steeler. “
The Steelers held a $ 5.2 million 2021 club option for McDonald, whose season shortened in 2020 after Pittsburgh signed Eric Ebron last spring and turned to a more pass-oriented offensive. McDonald caught just 15 passes for 99 yards in its final season and only played 44% of the offensive snaps, compared to 69% in 2019.
“He was a classmate on and off the field who led much of our community efforts while also being a voice for our social justice and community work efforts during the pandemic,” said Steeler’s trainer Mike Tomlin. “I wish him and his family the best in his retirement and continued work as a pillar in the community.”
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