After 11 and 10 years in the NFL respectively, centers and twins Maurkice and Mike Pouncey are retiring from the NFL.
The pair came up through the ranks with the Florida Gators during their college years. After winning a National Championship with the Gators in 2008, the pair went on to the pros. Maurkice was drafted 8th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, while Mike went the following year at the No. 15 spot.
While Mike spent the beginning of his career with the Miami Dolphins, Maurkice was instantly vital to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his eleven seasons in Pittsburgh, Pouncey racked up nine Pro Bowl selections as well as being picked to the NFL All-Pro First-Team in 2011 and 2014.
Mike was obviously no slouch either, totaling four Pro Bowl selections. Three came during his eight seasons with the Dolphins, while his last came in 2019 with the Los Angeles Chargers.
The announcement was initially made by Ramon Foster, who, like Pouncey, spent 11 years as a Steeler.
Maurkice Pouncey Releases Statement
“I’ll always love the game of football & always will be the ultimate competitor in life @nfl @steelers!” Maurkice wrote. “Big Ben my Brother for life we ride together we die together bad boys for life! …
“As I write this farewell speech I cry and laugh that twin boys from Lakeland, FL, that grew up in poverty made it this far in life both living out NFL dreams.”
Further, Maurkice did explain that the toll of playing a physical sport at the pro level has played a factor in his decision.
“I’m jus not in love with the sacrifice football carries on my life, my beautiful daughters Jayda, Marley & my family!”
After 11 seasons in the league, I think most NFL fans can understand where the Steelers legend is also coming from.
Mike Pouncey Talks Retirement
Meanwhile, Mike also discussed his journey from Lakeland and how surreal it is to see his career now, in retrospect.
“We began this journey at 6 years old and now at 31 we will close this chapter of our lives as I announce my retirement from the NFL and walk away from the game,” Mike said. “I am thankful for everything FOOTBALL has taught me and everywhere it has taken me!
“Dream big kids, because they do come true, not because you dreamt it and think it’s just going to happen but because you work as hard as you can towards it and make it happen! Never be afraid to make a mistake, learn from them and fix it!”
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