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End of an Era, Steelers Longtime Center Maurkice Pouncey Announces Retirement

The Steelers were dealt a tough blow on Friday, as the team lost longtime center Maurkice Pouncey to living the high life, as the center announced his retirement Friday morning.

The move isn’t too much of a surprise, as it was rumored from the moment the clock struck triple zero on the Steelers in their 48-37 wild card home playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns that he was going to walk away.

Former Steelers OL Ramon Foster made the announcement on behalf of not only Maurkice, but also for Pouncey’s twin brother Mike, who also retired Friday from playing with the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Steelers Pouncey was as good as any center in the league during his prime. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in nine of 11 seasons he played in the NFL.

Pittsburgh, who has always drafted good centers, drafted Pouncey 18th overall in the 2010 draft, while Mike was drafted 15th overall to the Dolphins the following year.

The two were instantly full-time starters for their teams, primarily at center, though Mike spent a season at right guard in Miami.

The two brothers combined to play 21 years in the NFL, with Maurkice playing 11 seasons, all with the Steelers, while Mike played 10 years between the Dolphins and Chargers.

“As I write this farewell speech I cry & laugh that twin boys from Lakeland FL that grew up in poverty made it this far in life both living out NFL dreams,” Maurkice wrote.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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