Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler announced his retirement on Saturday after 19 seasons with the team and over 20 in the NFL.
“It is an emotional day as I announce I am retiring from my football coaching career,” said Butler. “I have spent every year since 1990 as a coach in the NFL and the NCAA, but the time is right for me to walk away after a successful career both playing and coaching the game I love.”
Butler joined the Steelers in 2003 as linebackers coach. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2015. Before the Steelers, he spent three seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He coached collegiately at Arizona State and his alma mater, Memphis.
“I want to thank the Rooney Family, Bill Cowher, Mike Tomlin and all the coaches and players that I have been involved with over my entire coaching career,” Butler said. “I look forward to spending more time with my family, whom have been so supportive of me throughout the years. I wish nothing but the best to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and I will be cheering them on during my retirement.”
Before getting into coaching, Butler was a linebacker at Memphis and spent 10 seasons in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks.