Steelers veteran retires

The Steelers' defence took a big hit.
Stephon Tuitt, a star defensive lineman, has retired from the NFL.

Tuitt announced his retirement following the death of his brother and completion of college.

"With respect to the Steelers organisation, my teammates, coaches, I've decided to retire," Tuitt said. "I'm grateful to have represented Pittsburgh for eight seasons and to leave this game healthy."

"After losing my brother Richard and graduating from Notre Dame, I realise I must go beyond football. 

 I want to thank everyone for their love and support on and off the field, especially the Rooney family, Coach Tomlin, and the Pittsburgh organisation. 

Playing for this historic squad was an honour. Steelers!
Tuitt was a formidable Steelers run-stopper. He and Cam Heyward were the league's finest 1-2 punch.

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