Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster has retired from the NFL, he and the team announced on Monday.
Foster, 34, spent all of his 11 NFL season with the Steelers after joining the team as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2009. He played in 160 career games with the Steelers and made 145 starts, the second most at the position in Steelers’ history.
“When the time comes, you just know and now is a time for me to take a bow,” Foster said in a press release. “I’ve had a long, fun and life changing career. Who would have ever thought an undrafted kid out of the University of Tennessee would make it in the NFL for 11 years. I’ve made some friends for a lifetime, had some moments that I’ll never forget and seen some things I never thought I would because of this game.”
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When the time comes, you just know and now is a time for me to take a bow. I’ve had a long, fun and life changing career. Who would have ever thought an undrafted kid out of the University of Tennessee would make it in the NFL for 11 years. I’ve made some friends for a lifetime, had some moments that I’ll never forget and seen some things I never thought I would because of this game. I’d like to first thank my wife for supporting me through this experience and I know for sure you are my number 1 fan. My sons, who were raised in this league from birth so far, they went from being the youngest in the locker room to the oldest. To the Steelers organization, thank you to Coach Tomlin, Mr. Rooney, Ambassador Rooney, and Kevin Colbert for making Pittsburgh feel like a family. All the coaches who I’ve had the opportunity to run into or be coached by in the organization, thank you. To the staff, secretaries, cooks, janitors, John Norwig and his training staff for caring the way you guys have, Coach Giemont and Marcell for always being who you guys are, I love it. My trainer James Wilson, thanks for getting me ready every year even though I hated you everyday lol. Father Paul, thanks for always being a friend and support since the time I met you at St. Vincent in Latrobe, PA. The guys who I’ve played with over the years, I love you guys like brothers but of course Pouncey, Ben, Al, Dave and Gil(I know he’s not there but he’s an OG) we all grew up together and I’ve enjoyed every minute of that. From being one of the “worst” OLs in the league to having one of the best OLs in all of sports while helping lead one of the best offenses in the NFL. To the fans thank you for being the best fan bases in the world, the passion comes out in all kind of ways. I could go on and on and will thank a lot of you personally. I’m glad to say, a Steeler for life, no other organization I would have rather played for and I hope my time was just as enjoyable as yours. Young guys, enjoy what you can get from this league, don’t just play the game, learn the game, learn the business and be better than when you came into this league. A time will come when we all write up a farewell 2 this chapter
“I want to congratulate Ramon on his career in Pittsburgh,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. “Ramon was class in every way, professional in every way, and I think his career is indicative of what this professional football journey should be about. He went from being an underrated free agent to giving us over a decade of service at an extremely high level. I am honored to be associated with him and wish he and his family the best of luck in retirement.”
Foster was entering the second season of a two-year, $8.25 million contact signed with the Steelers in 2019. His retirement will save the Steelers $4 million against the 2020 salary cap.
Report: Steelers to Hold Training Camp at Team Facility, Not at Saint Vincent College
It looks like the Steelers will be staying home for training camp this August.
According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday, the league has informed teams that they must hold training camp at their facilities later this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And so the NFL has told all its teams that they must stay at their team facilities for this summer's training camps.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 2, 2020
The Steelers will now be conducting training camp on the South Side, instead of their traditional summer home of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, snapping a 54-year streak.
The league still plans for training camp to begin on time, but has made no announcement on changes to the season or whether games will have fans.
Steelers Announce 2020 Preseason Schedule
The Steelers have announced dates and times for their 2020 Preseason schedule.
Pittsburgh will start the year early in Canton, taking on the Dallas Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame game. This will be the Steelers’ seventh appearance.
The Hall of Fame game will kickoff Thursday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. on NBC, shown locally on WPXI-TV.
The team will then return to Pittsburgh for a two-game home stand against NFC South foes.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will come to town on Friday, Aug. 14, a primetime matchup at 7:30 p.m. on CBS/KDKA-TV.
Next, another home game for the Steelers, this time against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Aug. 23. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. on FOX/WPGH-TV.
The Steelers will close out their preseason slate with a pair of road contests.
First, a date with a familiar face, as they take on Le’Veon Bell and the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Friday, Aug. 28.
Pittsburgh will close out the preseason schedule on Thursday, Sept. 3 in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers.
Both games are at 7:30 p.m. on CBS/KDKA-TV.
The Steelers went 3-1 in the preseason last year, with their only loss coming in the finale, also against the Panthers.
Thursday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m. vs. Dallas Cowboys at Canton, Ohio
Friday, Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m. vs. New Orleans Saints
Friday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m. at New York Jets
Thursday, Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Carolina Panthers
Monday, Sept. 14, 7:15 p.m. at New York Giants
Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. vs. Denver Broncos
Sunday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m. vs. Houston Texans
Sunday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m. at Tennessee Titans
Sunday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. vs. Cleveland Browns
Sunday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, Nov. 1 BYE WEEK
Sunday, Nov. 8, 4:25 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. at Jacksonville Jaguars
Thursday, Nov. 26, 8:20 p.m. vs. Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m. vs. Washington Redskins
Sunday, Dec. 13, 8:20 p.m. at Buffalo Bills
Sunday, Dec. 21, 8:15 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, Dec. 27, 1 p.m. vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m. at Cleveland Browns
Steelers Announces Jerseys Numbers for Rookies and Free Agents
The Steelers have announced jersey numbers for the rookies and free agents they added this off-season.
Wide receiver Chase Claypool already revealed on his Twitter last week he would be wearing No. 11, but the team announced Wednesday that outside linebacker Alex Highsmith will wear No. 56.
The Steelers made a splash this off-season adding a tight end Eric Ebron, who will stick with his No. 85 jersey he wore with the Colts. They also beefed up the offensive line by signing Stefen Wisniewski. He will also stick with the number he has held his entire career, No. 61.
The pair of Maryland Terrapins selected in the 2020 NFL Draft — Anthony McFarland Jr. and Antoine Brooks Jr. — will wear No. 26 and 25, respectively.
Continuing with the theme of Steelers rookies, fourth round guard Kevin Dotson has chosen No. 69.
Seventh round nose tackle Carlos Davis will wear No. 73.