Thank You Heath Miller..Enjoy Your Retirement


Like Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu before him, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller is hanging up his cleats after 11 years with the team. And most likely will be added to the list of “unofficial” retired jerseys of some STEELERS greats from the past. This list includes..

#12 Terry Bradshaw
#32 Franco Harris
#36 Jerome Bettis
#52 Mike Webster
#58 Jack Lambert
#63 Dermontti Dawson
#75 Joe Greene

*Ernie Stautner’s No. 70 is officially retired.

“To put together a statement is hard because where do you start with Heath Miller?” said Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. “For someone like me that has been blessed to play with someone like him, not just from a physical standpoint of how great of a football player he was, but the type of person he was, the type of teammate he was. Probably hands down the best teammate I have been a part of. 

“It’s hard to talk about Heath, and I said this talking to him, it’s hard to do it without getting emotional. That’s how much he has meant to me as a football player, teammate and friend. I have been so lucky and blessed to have Heath around my whole career, 11 years. To have someone like him on my side has truly been a blessing.”

Roethlisberger knew this time was coming, something that the two of them talked about already, but it still wasn’t easy because like he said, this was the best teammate he ever had.

“It was everything,” continued Roethlisberger on Miller, “From his play and beyond. In
an era when the tight end has gone by the wayside in a way, from when he was getting in the league and as he has progressed in the league the tight end has turned into a receiving tight end. They don’t ask tight ends to block anymore and do the things we asked him to do. He easily has the best hands I have been around. He gets open, he wins his matchups. He will do the blocking. He takes pride in blocking. He takes pride in the run game being an extra lineman. When a goal line situation presents itself, and it’s a running situation, he is not coming out because he likes to block. He takes pride in that. A person that takes pride in every aspect of his job makes him special.”

With two Super Bowl titles and two Pro Bowl visits, Heath Miller will be leaving the game as the franchise leader by a tight end in receptions, receiving yards 6,569 and 45 touchdowns. His reception total is second best of any player in Steelers franchise history and fourth in touchdowns. There are only 12 tight ends in league history with more than 6,000 receiving yards, and Miller is one of them.

So, “Thank You, HEEATH”…. for 11 long years of devoted loyalty and dependability unmatched. #HereWeGo

Brian Christopher Jenkins