PITTSBURGH – After eight years in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stefon tweets He announced his retirement on Wednesday.
Tweet, 29, did not play during the 2021 season after his brother died in a crash.
“After the tragic loss of my brother Richard, and after completing my undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, I know I am called to transcend the sport of football,” Tweet said in a statement from the Steelers.
Selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Tuitt spent eight years with the organization. During his tenure, Tweet was a fixture on the defensive end for six of his eight seasons. Tuitt’s standing with the organization has been largely a mystery since the 2021 offseason. After the death of Richard Bartlett III in June, Tweet took time away from football to grieve. He also underwent knee surgery early in the 2021 season, but the Steelers chose not to start on the list of the physically unable to perform for the start of the season.
Still, the Steelers were optimistic he would return.
“We’ve been in contact with Stefon and are very open to continuing his assistance and will continue to assess this position and availability for us,” former General Manager Kevin Colbert said earlier this year. “We only hope for the best for him as he tries to come back and be a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”
With Tweet’s retirement, the Steelers have lost an important player in their defence. Although he didn’t play last season, when he was healthy, Tweet was a force. He had 11 sacks in 2020 along with two forced errors.
“His success on and off the field speaks volumes for his identity as a person and a player,” general manager Omar Khan said in a statement. “Stepon has always treated himself with class and maturity because he’s still a great husband, father, son, and man in his personal life.”
Tuitt has one year left on his contract and leaves behind nearly $10 million in cap money, but it can be spread out over several years if the transaction is processed on or after June 1.
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