Heath Miller announced Friday his intention to retire from the NFL.
A late first-round pick all the way back in 2005, Miller spent the entirety of his 11-year career in gold and black. Over that span, he collected two Pro Bowl nominations, won two Super Bowls, earned a team MVP award in 2012 and was named to the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team in 2007. The 33-year-old tight end remained relatively healthy throughout his career, missing no more than two games in any given campaign. He leaves the team as the franchise's all-time leader among tight ends in receptions (592), receiving yards (6,579), and receiving touchdowns (45). A staple in Pittsburgh and a favorite among the fans, the Steelers will finally need to move on and look elsewhere for production out of the position.
Heath Miller had one reception for five yards in the Pittsburgh Steelers ' loss to the Broncos on Sunday.
Needed in pass protection, Miller had his second quiet game of the post season after grabbing 60 of 81 targets for 535 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season. He also ran for two yards on just the second rushing attempt of his career. Miller is the first tight end in team history to record back-to-back 60 catch seasons, but he has only score more than three touchdowns in a season once in the past six years, limiting his fantasy value. At 33, Miller may still have another solid season ahead of him, or he could lose some snaps to younger tight ends like Jesse James.
Heath Miller caught 2-of-3 targets for nine yards Saturday in the Pittsburgh Steelers ' win over the Bengals.
After two solid games against Cincinnati earlier this season in which he caught 20-of-23 targets for 171 yards, Miller's showing in the Wild Card game had to be a disappointment for fantasy owners. He'll face a Broncos defense in Week 19 that limited him to just three catches for 12 yards in Week 15.
Heath Miller caught 3-of-4 targets for 18 yards and a touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers ' win over the Browns on Sunday.
The three receptions give Miller at least 60 receptions in a season for the second consecutive year, and his two-yard touchdown reception from Ben Roethlisberger increased Miller's career touchdown reception total to 45, the fourth-most in Steelers history behind Hines Ward (85), John Stallworth (63) and Lynn Swann (51).
Heath Miller caught five of six targets for 49 yards in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.
The workmanlike performance actually represented Miller's fourth-highest yardage total of the season, illustrating his low weekly ceiling with so many other mouths to feed on the Pittsburgh offense. Miller still possesses a steady role in the passing attack, and this should remain the case as the Pittsburgh Steelers fight for a playoff berth next week versus the Browns on the road.
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