On a busy Friday for AFC North tight ends, the Steelers announced that 11-year veteran Heath Miller had decided to retire. Miller will leave the Steelers as the franchise’s all-time leader among tight ends in receptions (592), receiving yards (6,569), and touchdowns (45). The University of Virginia product won two Super Bowls with the Steelers and twice made the Pro Bowl.
“Since he was drafted in the first round in 2005, Heath has been an amazing player on the field and an outstanding contributor in our community,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “The chants of “HEEATH” will be missed at Heinz Field and around the entire NFL. Heath is the most accomplished tight end in team history and his efforts will not soon be forgotten. We wish his entire family the best in retirement.”
Miller issued a statement that read in part, “I realize how extremely fortunate and grateful I am to have spent my entire career as a Pittsburgh Steeler. I will always cherish and value the special bonds that I formed with my teammates.”
While Miller’s career was being celebrated by the Steelers, the Ravens were dealing with bad news on the tight end front. Second-year tight end Nick Boyle will miss the first 10 games of next season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Miller joins a list of prominent players who have retired this offseason that includes Jared Allen, Marshawn Lynch, Rashean Mathis, Jared Mayo, Justin Tuck, and Charles Woodson. It has been a busy offseason already, and the combine and free agency have not even begun.