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Steelers tight end Heath Miller retires

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Another veteran player has ridden off into the sunset. This time without the sunset. And without the riding.

Steelers tight end Heath Miller has retired, with simply a statement issued by the only team for which he ever played.

There’s not even a quote from Miller in the statement. It’s just a statement that he has called it quits.

The 2005 first-round pick started 167 of 168 regular-season games, and 15 postseason games. He holds the franchise record at his position for catches, yards, and touchdowns, with 592, 6,569, and 45, respectively. In 2012, a season that ended with Miller suffering a torn ACL, Miller was named the team’s MVP.

The move clears  Miller’s $4 million salary number for the 2016 league year.

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  1. dougchillin says: Feb 19, 2016 2:27 PM

    Sad to see him go. A true professional. Never heard a peep out of him, no complaints, no boasting, no excuses. The guy just showed up each day and did his job and did it well. Will be missed by everyone. Big Congrats.

  2. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:28 PM

    what a legend. heath has so much grit, is a hard worker, a real student of the game. the guys just a gamer and will be sorely missed. unfortuntly theyll prolly just replace him with some me-first glory boy whose mor focusd on cashing checks then catching passes. sad but true, but welcome to the sad state of todays nfl. so long heath

  3. swashbucklin says: Feb 19, 2016 2:29 PM

    never liked how they stole the ‘heeeap’ chant. glad it’s over now

  4. blitzburghpd says: Feb 19, 2016 2:29 PM

    Heartbroken. He did everything the right way. I loved the way he played the game. Gonna miss him. Was hoping to see him with the team for one more super bowl push.

  5. ftomasic1961 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:30 PM

    a true tightend…no push off specialist like gronk….smart, strong, great run blocker, and excellent receiver each year….two rings….no scandal….hardwork and class….a model for other tightends up and coming….if they are smart.

  6. vicnocal says: Feb 19, 2016 2:30 PM

    HEEAAAAATTTH!!!

  7. theageofquarrel says: Feb 19, 2016 2:30 PM

    Heeaaattthhhhhh!

  8. prince5000 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:32 PM

    Ultimate clutch player

  9. TB12RALLYCRY says: Feb 19, 2016 2:32 PM

    Always loved the way he played the game……never griped and always was a TEAM player…..much respect and happiness to him

  10. 1969whitetrash says: Feb 19, 2016 2:33 PM

    Consumate professional, dedicated family man, excellent teammate, outstanding work ethic, these are only a few words that comes to mind when describing Heath Miller.
    Heath, you were the epitome of “Steeler football” and you may never be inducted into to Canton but you were one of the greatest to suit up in the black and gold. Good luck in retirement and God bless!

  11. nysteelerfan says: Feb 19, 2016 2:36 PM

    Loved him as a player on and off the field. Was a man’s man and played the game the way its supposed to be played…with honor, professionalism and integrity, but was as gritty as they come. He always made the tough catch. Best of luck in retirement. You will sorely be missed.

  12. allmyteamsareterrible says: Feb 19, 2016 2:36 PM

    This makes me very happy. So sick and tired of hearing Steelers fans scream Heath every time he caught a ball. It was obnoxious and annoying. Plus he was a good player and this makes the steelers worse. This is a win win for every fan in America that isn’t a band wagon steelers fan with no reason to be a steelers fan (50% of their fan base).

  13. msstiller58 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:37 PM

    You are awesome. Enjoy doing your life’s work.

  14. ch1ggs says: Feb 19, 2016 2:38 PM

    Two rings and 3 Super Bowl appearances? Not too shabby!

    Good luck, Heath.

  15. huh6016 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:39 PM

    Best Wishes Heath !

  16. logast says: Feb 19, 2016 2:39 PM

    Great player. Good luck and health in retirement.

  17. hanspard says: Feb 19, 2016 2:39 PM

    One of the best two way tight ends in the game. None of that flex TE crap…a real TE who added to the running game. Not enough of these guys in the game now, sadly.

  18. oldandgrumpy72 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:40 PM

    Going to be a big loss for Ben.

  19. mgifford15 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:41 PM

    Can’t say I’ll miss that “HEEEEAAAATH” chant though. Not even one bit.

  20. spartan01 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:42 PM

    Who is the new starter? Not trolling, just seriously asking because I don’t know.

  21. boogidy says: Feb 19, 2016 2:46 PM

    “a true tightend…no push off specialist like gronk….smart, strong, great run blocker,”

    If you don’t think Miller pushed off–as every receiver who ever played the game does–then you have never watched football . . . or you’re blind.

  22. lp0320 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:47 PM

    Heath Miller embodied the class that every single athlete should aspire to . . . every single game. He will be truly missed by the Steelers and their fans.

    Good luck and enjoy your retirement Heath, you’ve certainly earned it.

  23. ninkanpoopblog says: Feb 19, 2016 2:47 PM

    I think everyone can agree terrific player on and off the field never heard a bad comment from the other players around the leauge he will be missed Mr. Miller you done it right son best of luck

  24. steelerstrong says: Feb 19, 2016 2:50 PM

    One of THE most underrated tight ends. Ever. An all around player.

  25. bengal4life says: Feb 19, 2016 2:52 PM

    I’m so glad he’s out of there. He used to torch our “D” regularly.

  26. jesusfreak063 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:55 PM

    Thanks for the memories Heath. Great player snd even a greater man. He is the embodiment of what every player should aspire to be.

  27. John Harbaugh Is A Sad, Whiney Middle Aged Woman says: Feb 19, 2016 2:55 PM

    A class guy from a class organization, he will be sorely missed by not only Steeler fans but true fans of NFL Football league-wide.

    Best of luck HEEAAATTTHHHH!!!!

  28. oldschoolomen says: Feb 19, 2016 2:55 PM

    Heath Miller was a killer. Always converted crucial third downs and scored at back breaking times. Not a fantasy stats guy, but a real, honest to goodness tight end. In line blocking, fullback, whatever was asked of him.

    Thank goodness Miller is retiring.

    -a Bengals fan.

  29. ravensrooster94 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:59 PM

    This Ravens fan salutes you, Heath. One of the best tight ends we ever played against. A pain in our butt on the field for sure but a total class guy. I wish you a healthy and happy retirement.

  30. steelerben says: Feb 19, 2016 2:59 PM

    spartan01 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 2:42 PM
    Who is the new starter? Not trolling, just seriously asking because I don’t know.

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

    Jesse James will probably be the starter. He got spot work last season and looked so much like Heath that the crowd couldn’t tell the difference and called out the chant.

    Miller will be missed. The guy did nothing but show up to work day in and day out. He was rarely flagged, always open, and never once did you hear about his contract.

  31. dirtyback says: Feb 19, 2016 3:06 PM

    Jesse James you got some big shoe’s to fill. Go get’em, son.

  32. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 19, 2016 3:06 PM

    Kind of makes you wonder if he really did retire, or if was given the old “retire or be fired” choice from the front office.
    They’ve done it before. A lot.
    Just ask Polamalu.

  33. benchokeshischikin says: Feb 19, 2016 3:08 PM

    HE FEARS BURFICT

  34. tokyosandblaster says: Feb 19, 2016 3:08 PM

    He knew no more rings would be coming any time soon.

    >

  35. megabeast37215 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:10 PM

    He was a very solid, and quite underrated player. This makes for a huge hole in the Steelers offense.. as Heath was the only guy who could do the dirty work over the middle ala Hines Ward. Pittsburgh has a lot of good perimeter receivers.. but they’re all thin/lanky.. and get hurt when going over the middle. They need to find someone to fill that role.. maybe it’s this Jesse James kid.. maybe it’s not.

  36. whiteybulgersson says: Feb 19, 2016 3:24 PM

    Scott Chandler and Gronk are way better than this guy.

  37. cptcavalier says: Feb 19, 2016 3:30 PM

    Another exceptional player from UVA. School can’t win games, but does produce players.

  38. captainwhodat says: Feb 19, 2016 3:33 PM

    good luck in retirement, dude…you earned it.

  39. citizenstrange says: Feb 19, 2016 3:35 PM

    One of my all-time favorite Steelers. If you ever wanted to see how a professional football player should play just get the coaches all-22 video and watch what Heath Miller does on every single play.

    A great, great, Steeler who will be sorely missed. Good luck and take care!

  40. lp0320 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:35 PM

    To all of the thumbs down, not quite understanding why when this is a player who has never ever done anything even remotely questionable. You probably think Burfict is someone to emulate.

    And those who feel it appropriate to point out the ‘better’ tight ends . . . this was not an article about him being the best in the business or better than someone else. It was an article announcing the retirement of a class act whose contributions to his team and the community were first rate.

    You all could take lessons is class and humility from Heath Miller. You have a lot to learn. No one is asking you for your expert opinions.

  41. troy43mvp says: Feb 19, 2016 3:43 PM

    The kind of player a coach and organization pray to have on their roster. Enjoy retirement Heath Miller. Legit Blue Collar !

  42. ravenmuscle says: Feb 19, 2016 3:48 PM

    Glad to know that stolen Raven chant of HEEEAAAP wont be heard any more from clueless Stooler fans who can’t even think of an original yell.
    What would be more appropriate is for steeler fans to yell RAAAAPE when Ben takes the field.

  43. Youknowimright says: Feb 19, 2016 3:58 PM

    Dropping like flys. the NFL has no idea how much trouble it is in. IT may go the way of boxing. CTE is creating early retirement and fewer youth players. Not a good combo. the quality on the field is already starting to show a decline, as well. Gambling and FF will only go so far. People will find other ways to pass there time.

  44. cbass59 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:59 PM

    Why do Raven fans bother? How’s the murder rate in your dump of a city?

  45. bengalsfan2079 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:02 PM

    As much as I don’t like the Steelers he was one of their classy players and a true professional won’t miss playing him though he was a handful.

  46. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Feb 19, 2016 4:11 PM

    I was a little bummed out to hear this. He’s a good ball player. Good Luck. Your legend goes on.

  47. diehardfootballfan says: Feb 19, 2016 4:14 PM

    ravenmuscle please get past the Ben thing. He was NEVER charged unlike some of your teams upstanding citizens.

    Good luck HEAAAATHHHH!!

  48. steelcurtainn says: Feb 19, 2016 4:14 PM

    One of the greatest tight ends in the league. He helped pave the way for 2 superbowl titles. Twice as many as any other team in the AFC North during his era.

  49. steelcurtainn says: Feb 19, 2016 4:14 PM

    One of the greatest tight ends in the league. He helped pave the way for 2 superbowl titles. Twice as many as any other team in the AFC North during his era.

  50. joeflaccosunibrow says: Feb 19, 2016 4:15 PM

    Ravens fan here…He was a BEAST

  51. suhmonster90 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:16 PM

    It was always amazing how someone so slow could get so wide open. Never the tallest, fastest, or even strongest, Heath made a career out of being savvy and having super glue for hands.

  52. bengalskuta82 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:16 PM

    Out of all those whiny brats on the Steelers team, I respect Miller as a football player and also as a person.
    So long!

  53. bucks4ever13 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:18 PM

    Not a Steelers fan but a definite fan of his. Loved his demeanor and style of play. Best of luck to him.

  54. billswillnevermove says: Feb 19, 2016 4:24 PM

    True professional all the way around, brought his lunch bucket every day to work. A football player you can like. Congrats and best of luck Heath!! You were one tough football player!!!

  55. 1mommicked1 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:37 PM

    HHHEEEEAAAATTTTHHHHH

  56. ravenmuscle says: Feb 19, 2016 4:53 PM

    BURFICT will do his thing on Antonio AGAIN and that will totally cripple the offense. Don’t have to worry about Martavius since he ‘s always looking for a dealer.

  57. swagger52 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:57 PM

    The Ravens own the Steelers at this point, but when they did lose in the forgotten past, it was much easier to lose to a guy like Heath Miller.

  58. staffordsyear says: Feb 19, 2016 4:58 PM

    Showed up, worked hard and had a nice career. Good luck to him.

  59. bunkmcnulty says: Feb 19, 2016 5:02 PM

    Ravens fan here who does not run his mouth here…yes there is such a thing!

    Nothing but respect for Miller. Solid citizen. Tough dude. Did his job. And made some clutch grabs. He will be missed whether in Pittsburgh or just by fans who appreciate good play.

  60. Moudabo says: Feb 19, 2016 5:08 PM

    Heeaaattthhhhhh!!!!!
    Selfless team player, lunch-pail mentality and
    gritty professional. Whether blocking or making
    a critical, contested catch, Heath was clutch!
    Best of luck to this humble, classy guy.
    Loved to watch you play – great career.
    Good luck to the quintessential Steeler.

  61. madcapdawgfan says: Feb 19, 2016 5:11 PM

    A little surprising, it seemed like he had a few good years left. Saw him make a lot of clutch catches over the years. From what I could see, a pretty good guy too.

  62. tavisteelersfan says: Feb 19, 2016 5:15 PM

    I wear a Timmons Jersey when I go to games. My second choice was Miller. What a great player.

  63. Spazz says: Feb 19, 2016 5:28 PM

    ravenmuscle says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:53 PM
    BURFICT will do his thing on Antonio AGAIN and that will totally cripple the offense. Don’t have to worry about Martavius since he ‘s always looking for a dealer.
    ——————
    A Ratbird fan is bragging about the headhunting of a mediocre Bungle linebacker? Relax man, it was a bad year, you don’t have to switch teams already. And hey, they DID beat the Steelers twice this year, so there’s that!

  64. Spazz says: Feb 19, 2016 5:44 PM

    It always made me smile when opponent stadiums would erupt in the “Heeeeeath” chant after a catch.

  65. Lou Stools says: Feb 19, 2016 5:48 PM

    No Statement from Miller = “Retire or be Fired” from that classy organization. Plus didn’t want to play the Bengals again.

  66. MikeisWise says: Feb 19, 2016 5:57 PM

    Bengals fan here. Absolutely loved this guys game and the effort he put out on the field.

  67. thisischavez says: Feb 19, 2016 5:58 PM

    One of the most underrated and under appreciated Steelers in the past 30+ years. It’s been a pleasure watching him. A Steeler for life.

  68. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 19, 2016 5:59 PM

    Maxx Williams says hi! LOL.

  69. theageofquarrel says: Feb 19, 2016 6:01 PM

    Bungle fans are hilarious. Heath has 2 Lombardi’s, that is more than your garbage franchise ever produced

  70. runtheball says: Feb 19, 2016 6:08 PM

    The NFL needs more Heath Millers and Troy Polamalus.

  71. jasnite says: Feb 19, 2016 6:09 PM

    I flew from South Carolina to Pittsburgh every year just to have the CHANCE to say HEEEEEEEATH…… Thank you for being a STEELER…….For life…….

  72. ojsays says: Feb 19, 2016 6:18 PM

    Hats off to this guy. Everything you could want in a player. Glad he is leaving with his health. Best of luck!

  73. triggerdawg says: Feb 19, 2016 6:20 PM

    BURFICT FEARS HARRISON!!!!!!

  74. triggerdawg says: Feb 19, 2016 6:23 PM

    Heath Miller,three super bowl appearances,two wins,bungals twenty five years of futility.carry on.

  75. mrloser444 says: Feb 19, 2016 7:04 PM

    whiteybulgersson says:
    Feb 19, 2016 3:24 PM
    Scott Chandler and Gronk are way better than this guy.
    —————————————————-
    Boy I can’t wait till Patriots go back to their losing ways! The end is coming soon. Real soon!!

    Heath Miller has more class than ANYBODY in the pats organization. And I’m no steeler fan!

  76. clashpoint says: Feb 19, 2016 7:05 PM

    Almost six hundred catches from the best blocking tight end in football, he gave zero drama and 100% effort in every game. It was an honor to have him on my team.

    Heeeeeeathhh!

    Go Steelers!

  77. jtbsteeler says: Feb 19, 2016 7:25 PM

    Thank you Heath. Haters, this frees up $4mil in cap space. The defense will be correct this season!

    We’re coming….

  78. enoughofthatalready says: Feb 19, 2016 7:54 PM

    ravenmuscle says:
    Feb 19, 2016 3:48 PM
    Glad to know that stolen Raven chant of HEEEAAAP wont be heard any more from clueless Stooler fans who can’t even think of an original yell.
    What would be more appropriate is for steeler fans to yell RAAAAPE when Ben takes the field.

    Somebody told me that the Heath chants started in college. Maybe Ravens fans should yell Duh when their last place team takes the field.

  79. khar9 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:29 PM

    Got news for you … The Heath chant will still be happening when James catches the ball

  80. bjwbrown2011 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:31 PM

    Great Steeler glad he retired on his own terms.

  81. truthinesshurts says: Feb 19, 2016 8:41 PM

    As a non-Steelers fan, never liked him…in the way you hate opponents who you secretly wish were on your team. Solid, clutch plays..so annoying to play against !! Congrats to him on on retiring from a quiet but very productive career.

  82. righthereisay says: Feb 19, 2016 8:49 PM

    Great career. Not the best Tight End in the league, but always solid, always caught the ball when the Steelers needed him to. Always a great blocker. Very solid player. Not a hall of famer, but definitely a great player.

  83. godenbroncos says: Feb 19, 2016 9:14 PM

    It’s a shame to see him go. Was definitely a hell of a player, and from what we’re told, a good man. Brought it all every game. Best of luck to him.

    GoDenBroncos

  84. critterkiller33 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:18 PM

    Hats off to Heath!!!! Very special player… came to work and did his job. Didnt dab or dance around….. made a play came back to the huddle then did it again.

  85. tonebones says: Feb 19, 2016 9:27 PM

    Stud. Gamer. Good dude. Happy to see him retire in good health. No reason for guys to keep playing forever. At some point, make your money and get out.

  86. reba2016 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:44 PM

    We love you Heath! Sometimes I worry about the Steeler’s management style. This man is a HOF player!! Good luck to you and thank you for your loyalty. Black and Gold to the end!

  87. campcouch says: Feb 19, 2016 11:15 PM

    Retirement at 33. Curse my genetics!

  88. ravenmadnky says: Feb 19, 2016 11:51 PM

    Much respect from this Ravens fan. Heath is a consumate professional and big time clutch receiver.

  89. holeinone09 says: Feb 20, 2016 6:39 AM

    Wow, I thought he might come back for one more run at the Super Bowl they should have gotten this year except for their injuries. Heath was the consummate professional. He worked hard, kept his head down and never complained. He never overly celebrated when he made plays, and he sure made a lot during his career. Early on, he was really tough to bring down after he caught the ball. He was a key player helping Ben in blocking and receiving. He was dependable. Heath will be truly missed by all Steeler and likely most other knowledgeable football fans. Thanks Heath, best wishes in your retirement.

  90. lp0320 says: Feb 20, 2016 8:54 AM

    Read an article that Heath’s retirement was completely his decision.

    That would be the best news of all , someone who worked hard and can leave while he’s still got the ability to do so.

    I think a lot of these players are seeing the effects of CTE and making the best decisions for themselves before it’s too late.

    Heath has always been a class act, there should be more like him, with his work ethic, commitment and selfless play.

  91. spartan01 says: Feb 20, 2016 9:01 AM

    steelerben says:
    Feb 19, 2016 2:59 PM
    spartan01 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 2:42 PM
    Who is the new starter? Not trolling, just seriously asking because I don’t know.

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

    Jesse James will probably be the starter. He got spot work last season and looked so much like Heath that the crowd couldn’t tell the difference and called out the chant.

    Miller will be missed. The guy did nothing but show up to work day in and day out. He was rarely flagged, always open, and never once did you hear about his contract.

    ——-

    Thanks. He’s got a cool name, for sure and good physical size. Yes I agree much respect for Heath. NFL needs more good guys.

  92. PCa Survivor says: Feb 20, 2016 9:31 AM

    First game. First catch. A TD. Hands the ball to the official. Class act his entire career.

  93. rjpats says: Feb 20, 2016 9:38 AM

    John Harbaugh Is A Sad, Whiney Middle Aged Woman
    Feb 19, 2016, 2:55 PM EST
    A class guy from a class organization
    ——–
    Agree with the first part, but did you miss the part where he played for the Steelers?

  94. camdenyard says: Feb 20, 2016 11:52 AM

    Much respect from this Ravens fan. Good luck in retirement.

  95. bubbahotepp says: Feb 20, 2016 1:04 PM

    Heeeeath! Say it isn’t so! You were that rarest of players these days — tough, talented and humble. Even your exit was classy. You will be greatly missed. Good luck and thanks for the fun.

  96. ahostiletakeover says: Feb 20, 2016 1:57 PM

    Nothing but respect for Heath here. Always seemed like the consummate pro on and off the field and was probably the best complete TE of the last decade. Hope you have a great retirement.
    -A Ravens Fan

  97. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 20, 2016 6:20 PM

    It’s going to be hilarious watching Big Ben look for his check down and then seeing some confused rookie TE knocked on his butt. Can you say BIG BEN SACKED?

  98. steel2372 says: Feb 20, 2016 9:23 PM

    Hate to see you go! Great player who gave it his all on every play. A great person. I have nothing but respect for a player like Miller who is a legit blue collar throwback type of player.
    I was hoping he could stick around for another super bowl run. The Steelers are coming! Everyone watch Coates I think we have another good one coming up. He is a gritty player who can catch it across the middle. Enjoy retirement and best wishes! You are a Steeler for life!

  99. inozwetrust says: Feb 24, 2016 6:35 PM

    Got the respect of this Ravens fan. Classy guy. The NFL needs more like him

  100. johnnyblumpkin says: Feb 25, 2016 4:34 PM

    Hall of fame? Nah
    Hall of really good? Definately

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