Miller retires after 11 seasons at the Steelers


Tight end Heath Miller is retiring after 11 seasons as a Pittsburgh Steeler, the team announced on Friday.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion, Miller is one of just 12 tight ends in league history to reach 6,000 career receiving yards.

His 592 receptions during last season are the sixth-most in NFL history by a tight end, while his 6,569 career receiving yards rank ninth-most in NFL history by a tight end.

As for Steelers history, Miller is the all-time leader in receptions (592), receiving yards (6,569) and receiving touchdowns (45) by a tight end in franchise history. He was also named the team MVP following the 2012 season and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has regarded him as the greatest team-mate he has ever played with.

"Heath Miller informed us earlier today of his decision to retire after an exceptional 11-year career in Pittsburgh," president Art Rooney II said in a statement.

"Heath has been an amazing player on the field and an outstanding contributor in our community. On behalf of the entire Steelers organisation and Steelers Nation around the world, I would like to congratulate and thank Heath of his many contributions to the Steelers. 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 his retirement, and we thank them for being part of the Steelers for 11 great years."

"It's been an honour and a pleasure to coach Heath, to watch him grow and evolve and perform," coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. "There are great benefits and blessings that come with being some place as long as I have been here.

"It also creates unique relationships and feelings and experiences that make events such as his retirement difficult. It would be selfish of me to view it in any other way other than a great deal of admiration and appreciation for having an opportunity to work with Heath for nine of the 11 years he has done it."

Miller was selected by Pittsburgh with the 30th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft and started 167 of 168 games played during the regular season in addition to all 15 games played during the postseason. His 167 regular-season games played are the most by a tight end in Steelers history.