Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II and head coach Mike Tomlin each released statements Friday congratulating center Maurkice Pouncey on his retirement.
Rooney thanked Pouncey for his “outstanding efforts both on and off the field over the past 11 years,” and credited him as “an amazing teammate and leader.”
Tomlin also expressed his appreciation and congratulatory sentiments towards Pouncey, shushing him continued success in his post-football endeavors.
“I want to congratulate Maurkice on his retirement,” Tomlin said. “He has been a leader in our locker room for over a decade and I respect him so much for all he accomplished during his career. His efforts on the field are matched by his dedication and commitment to the Pittsburgh community and the Lakeland (FL) community. He has done so much for his teammates and the entire organization, and I wish him all the best to he and his family in which I know he will continue to be successful in every aspect of life. Much love, Maurkice.”
Selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Florida, Pouncey played his entire Steeler career under Tomlin.
One of the best centers in franchise history, Pouncey will likely find himself in Canton someday. He was named to nine Pro Bowls and earned a pair of First-Team All-Pro nods. Pouncey was also named to the All-Decade Team of the 2010s.