Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt surprisingly retires from football at 29

One of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ best defensive players in recent years has decided to leave the game after missing the 2021 season.

It’s been a hot topic this offseason in the Steel City. Would defensive end Stephon Tuitt, a Pittsburgh second-round pick in 2014 who sat out the 2021 season for multiple reasons, play football for the Steelers next year?

Back in February (via’s Noah Strackbein), it seemed optimistic that the talented defender could actually return to the field in 2022. “Stephon had a tough season last year,” said then Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert. “He was fighting through a knee injury that he had worked his way through.

“We put him on injured reserve. He had a personal situation that he had to deal with. We have been in contact with Stephon and are very open to continuing to help him, this position and his availability to us. We only hope the best for him as he tries to return to the Steelers.”

Steelers: Stephon Tuitt retires at 29

But on Wednesday, the former University of Notre Dame standout released this statement about the organization:

Omar Khan, general manager of the newly appointed Steelers, had this to say about Tuitt:

The 6-6, 303-pound defenseman turned 29 on May 23. During his seven seasons on the field, the former golden domer played in 91 regular-season contests and rolled on 34.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, put down 13 passes and one recorded interception. He was also part of five playoff teams for Mike Tomlin’s squad.

After missing 10 games in 2019, Tuitt bounced back strongly the following season and enjoyed a breakout year. He started a career-high 15 contests. He finished with 45 tackles and a personal best of 11 sacks.

But now his time on the pitch is over. As Tuitt mentioned in his statement, “I know I have a calling to go beyond the sport of football.” Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt surprisingly retires from football at 29

John Verrall

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