Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert announced his retirement from football on Twitter on Monday.
“I would like to send a special thank you to the Rooney family, Coach Tomlin, Coach Kugler and Kevin Colbert for drafting me in 2011 and giving me the opportunity to live my dream and play for The Pittsburgh Steelers for eight year, cheered on by the support of the best fans in the National Football League,” Gilbert wrote.
Thank you for all of the support over the years. I can’t wait to share my next chapter of life with you all. pic.twitter.com/JjCQ4xGwgE— Marcus Gilbert (@MarcusGilbert88) April 26, 2021
Gilbert also thanked the Arizona Cardinals organization, who acquired him in a trade with the Steelers in 2019.
The move is a kind gesture for Gilbert, as his Arizona tenure was rather disappointing for the franchise. He opted out of the 2020 season after suffering a torn ACL in 2019, his first year with the club.
“Finally, I would like to give a special thank you to my amazing family and wonderful wife for always supporting my career and helping me to become the man I am today,” Gilbert closed. “I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life post-football.”
Honored as Pittsburgh’s Rookie of the Year in 2011, Gilbert was originally a second round selection of the franchise out of Florida. He won a BCS National Championship with the Gators in 2009.