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After spending eight years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Stephon Tuitt has announced his retirement from the NFL.
The defensive end said in a statement on Wednesday that his decision to retire came after the death of his brother Richard.
“I am thankful to have had the opportunity to represent the city of Pittsburgh for the past eight seasons, and am blessed to leave this game with my health. After the tragic loss of my brother Richard, and upon completing my degree from the University of Notre Dame, I know I am being called to move beyond the sport of football,” said Tuitt.
Tuitt recognized a strong sense of love for the Pittsburgh Steeler organization and community.
“I want to thank everyone for the love and support they have shown both on and off the field, and again want to thank The Rooney Family, Coach Tomlin, and the entire Pittsburgh organization. It was an honor and a privilege to play for this historic team. Go Steelers,” said Tuitt.
Tuitt played in 91 regular season games and finished his career with 246 tackles and 34.5 sacks.
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