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Brett Keisel doesn’t want to think about the end of the line

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Brett Keisel has played seven snaps the last five games because of a foot problem, but there’s a different number on his mind.

The 35-year-old defensive end is practicing this week, knowing he likely has two games left in his Steelers career, and possibly his NFL career.

You hate thinking about the end,” he said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You hate thinking about not being able to do it anymore. But everyone, especially if you’re an older guy, you understand the business. You can’t say that no one ever thinks about it. I have a lot of great memories and build new, fond memories every day, and that’s what’s been the best part.”

By all indications, Keisel’s about to be one of the next of a long line of long-time Steelers stars to head out, as the defense ages and replacements come in annually. He thinks he could play another year, but knows the Steelers might not necessarily give him that option.

“That’s very possible,” he said. “That’s the nature of the business we’re in, everyone’s getting younger. Whatever happens, I’m grateful for my time that I’ve been here. I’m grateful for the success we’ve had on this team.

“But I want us to go out and finish this thing strong, win these last two games and go out on a positive note.”

The plantar fasciitis that has limited him lately has kept him from having the happy ending he’d like, but he sounds like a man coming to grips with the fact that the end is inevitable.

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25 Responses to “Brett Keisel doesn’t want to think about the end of the line”
  1. jmblosser82 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:47 AM

    It’s been a pleasure watching him but it’s time for the young guys to step up and take over

  2. jathomas724 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:54 AM

    Overrated. Nothing more than Aaron Smiths backup. Lucky he has a sweet beard.

  3. alchemistcirca1979 says: Dec 20, 2013 12:06 PM

    I love Brett Keisel. He deserves some sort of NFL career achievement award for being good on the field, and being great off the field.

  4. steelerben says: Dec 20, 2013 12:09 PM

    It will be sad to see him go, but at least his beard will be signing a three year extension.

  5. pooflingingmonkey says: Dec 20, 2013 12:22 PM

    Keisel added that upon retirement, he intends to build a small house in his beard and raise a family there.

  6. ravenswhat says: Dec 20, 2013 12:22 PM

    I can’t even recall watching this guy make a meaningful play in years. What does he do again?

  7. originalsteelcurtain says: Dec 20, 2013 12:28 PM

    Keisel has been the type of player every team needs:

    A late round draft pick (i.e. cap friendly) who contributes as a solid special teamer, and works his way into an effective starter. He is also a good locker room presence.

    I hope #99 has another year left in Black and Gold!

  8. eatitfanboy says: Dec 20, 2013 12:35 PM

    He’ll have the rest of his life to get all the happy endings he wants.

  9. jjackwagon says: Dec 20, 2013 12:45 PM

    Has anyone outside the AFC North ever heard of this guy?

  10. steelcurtainn says: Dec 20, 2013 12:48 PM

    Keisel was a steal in the 7th round. This will probably be his last year as a steeler but we’ll see. He helped the steelers win 2 superbowl rings that steeler nation won’t forget. Fear the Beard!!!!

  11. Tyler says: Dec 20, 2013 12:50 PM

    Even if you don’t like the Steelers, you have to like Keisel.

    Hard-working player, no off-field issues, and one heckuva beard.

  12. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 20, 2013 1:09 PM

    One of the great D-lineman to play the game. Hall of Famer. He is a true Steeler. He still has good years left in him as long as he can stay healthy. He will help us earn yet another ring next year.

  13. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 20, 2013 1:11 PM

    Scouts would kill to find a guy like Brett. And, the Steelers lucked out getting him in the 7th round. He also has a heart of gold. You don’t hear about the charity work he does in Pittsburgh. Much respect to him.

  14. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 20, 2013 1:13 PM

    The Steelers find gems like Keisel, where other teams do not.

  15. holeinone09 says: Dec 20, 2013 1:30 PM

    Awesome, tough as nails, good guy, blue collar player. Prototypical Steeler all the way around. He will retire a Steeler. All hail The Beard!

  16. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 20, 2013 2:53 PM

    I can’t even recall watching this guy make a meaningful play in years. What does he do again?

    No one expects you to know anything beyond the Ravens…..your small mind can’t handle more than that. What he doesn’t do is obstruct justice or beat his wife….something you expect from your team.

  17. Getoffmylawn! says: Dec 20, 2013 2:56 PM

    Smart guy, he knows they don’t have a chance at making the playoffs. Hope his last two losses are fun to play in. He deserves that much.

  18. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 20, 2013 3:14 PM

    Wow! What a career! One interception. One touchdown. Steelers can count on him for .039 points per game.

  19. steelerben says: Dec 20, 2013 3:37 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Dec 20, 2013 3:14 PM
    Wow! What a career! One interception. One touchdown. Steelers can count on him for .039 points per game.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    One interception and one touchdown from a defensive end in a 34 scheme.

    6 Forced fumbles, 8 Fumble recoveries, 27 sacks, 389 combined tackles. The guy did his job, game in and game out.

  20. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 20, 2013 3:38 PM

    Joemontanaflacco | Dec 20, 2013, 3:14 PM EST
    Wow! What a career! One interception. One touchdown. Steelers can count on him for .039 points per game.

    That’s one interception and one touchdown in the real NFL….not your fantasy league, the trolls pickup game etc….for a wannabee to knock a real player is funny skippy.

  21. steelcurtainn says: Dec 20, 2013 3:59 PM

    “Wow! What a career! One interception. One touchdown. Steelers can count on him for .039 points per game.”

    Sounds like Joe Flaccos stats every week.

  22. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 20, 2013 4:34 PM

    Wish Flacco could score as often as I push Steelers’ fan buttons.

  23. jmblosser82 says: Dec 20, 2013 9:49 PM

    JMF we know Flacco can turn the ball over as much as you can push steeler fans buttons

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 21, 2013 10:15 AM

    JMF we know raven fans whine more about the refs than you push any buttons so have fun trying to keep up Timmy.

  25. scoobies05 says: Dec 21, 2013 2:48 PM

    i was actually gonna say keisel is a heckuva player and a great part of the rivalry.

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