PITTSBURGH — Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Pouncey have retired from the NFL. Ramon Foster, a former teammate of Maurkice, tweeted.
“I am honored that my brothers from another country have asked me to announce the next step in their lives. After more than a decade, MaurkicePouncey and Mike Pouncey are returning from the NFL,” Foster tweeted.
I am honored that my brothers from another country have asked me to announce the next step in their lives. After more than a decade, @MaurkicePouncey and Mike Pouncey are retiring from @nfl 🤝. Here are their thanks to all who were involved in their careers. #Steeler #chargers #Miami #NFL pic.twitter.com/v9IALOrZaX
– Ramon Foster (@RamonFoster) February 12, 2021
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Morkis in 2010 with the number 18, and the following year Mike was the 15th pick of the Miami Dolphins. Both were immediate fixtures for their teams, mostly as centers, although Mike played one season in Miami as a right guard.
“We began this journey at age 6 and now, at age 31, we are closing this chapter of our lives as I announce my retirement from the @nfl and retire from the game,” said Mike Pouncey in a statement provided by Foster.
While Morkis played 11 seasons with the Steelers, Mike worked 10 seasons with the Dolphins and Chargers after his college career at Florida. Mike’s final season ended in September, when he was on reserve following hip surgery. A year earlier, the four-time Pro Bowler’s season had ended prematurely due to a neck injury he suffered in early October.
Maurkice Pouncey and Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are close friends and have often vowed to play longer than others. Both have contracts that run through the 2021 season, although Roethlisberger has yet to announce his intentions for the upcoming season. With his retirement, Pouncey leaves behind $6.475 million in playing time, but saves the team $8 million in playing time.
Maurkice Pouncey’s emotional moments with Roethlisberger on the bench after the Steelers’ playoff loss on Jan. 10 were his last in the NFL.
“I love this guy,” Roethlisberger said after the season was over. “He’s one of the best competitors and teammates I’ve ever had. It was so much fun sharing the soccer field with him. I hate that it ended this way. I wanted to apologize to him because I wanted to win it for him.
Maurkice Pouncey, nine-time professional bowler, has told teammates and family that he is seriously considering retirement since losing the Wild Card, sources told ESPN.
“I will always love soccer and I will always make a significant contribution to the lives of the @nfl @steelers! I just don’t want to play football if I have to sacrifice my life, my beautiful daughters Jayda and Marley and my family,” Maurkice Pouncey said in a statement provided by Foster.
Maurkice Pouncey, a loyal teammate, also missed two games in 2019 after being suspended for his role in a brawl with the Cleveland Browns when he defended Mason Rudolph against Miles Garrett.
“You have feelings for people,” Foster, a former offensive lineman, said a year ago. “You know when someone doesn’t like you. If you’re a teammate, they love you and respect you.”
Placi’s departure creates a void toward the Steelers’ offensive line. The first Team All-Pro’s double cross was part of a group that gave a fiery speech at halftime in the Steelers’ Week 16 game against the Indianapolis Colts, which helped fuel the second-half rotation.
“As I write this farewell address, I find myself crying and laughing at the fact that twins from Lakeland, Florida, who grew up in poverty, have made it this far in life and are living their NFL dream,” Morkis wrote.
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