The Pittsburgh Steelers will need to fill a new hole for next year and beyond as they found out today that Heath Miller will be hanging up the cleats after 11 great seasons.
Heath Miller finished his career with 592 receptions and 6569 yards receiving over his 11 years in the league. Not to mention, he was the best blocking tight end in football during his years with the Steelers. This past season he would catch only 2 touchdowns, but that is more because of the talent in the Steeler offense. Pittsburgh has arguably the most dynamic wide receiver and running back combo in football, not to mention deep talent in both positions beyond the top two. In years past, Heath was more of a target for Big Ben in the end zones, but because of the resurgence of offense in the Steel City, Miller’s TD numbers have fallen off. Heath finished his career with 46 touchdowns.
Mike Tomlin had the benefit of coaching him for 9 of his 11 seasons. Here is what Mike had to say with regards to Miller’s Retirement.
“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to coach Heath, to watch him grow and evolve and perform. 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.”
The Rooney’s and Kevin Colbert also released statements and all of them have been similar to Tomlin’s. Twitter is littered with #HEEEEEAAATH from fans and teammates alike.
This is a sad Day for Steelers fans as one of the greats in the History of the franchise at that position is stepping down.
As good as he was on the field he was even better off as he was very active with organizations like Children’s hospital. He was humble and rarely talked about himself as it was always about the team. They just don’t make players like that anymore. In a world of I I and Me Me, he was different.
Thank you Heath Miller for all your years here in Pittsburgh. Here is to a job and career, well done.