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Vince Williams, a long-serving linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has announced his retirement from the game.

BALTIMORE, MD – NOVEMBER 01: Vince Williams #98 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after the Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland on November 1, 2020.
(Getty Images/Benjamin Solomon) After eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, linebacker Vince Williams has announced his retirement from the league.
Because of their elite front seven and ball-hawking safeties in the secondary, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense is one of the best in the NFL.
They count on everyone to be in the right place at the right time and to accomplish their jobs to the best of their abilities.
Regrettably, the unit recently lost a key member of the squad on Wednesday.
Vince Williams, a long-time Steeler linebacker, announced his retirement from the NFL after spending his whole career with the team.
Vince Williams, a linebacker with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has announced his retirement after eight seasons with the team. Williams was picked by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2013 draft out of Florida State.
He spent his whole eight-year career with the Steelers, where he established himself as a reliable rotational backer, even starting some games.
On Wednesday, the 31-year-old notified the organization that he is hanging up his cleats and leaving the NFL.
“Vince Williams informed us today that he is retiring from football.”
We appreciate his decision and want to thank him for his time with us since, in addition to his efforts on the field, he continually demonstrated excellent character and leadership.
According to Steelers.com, General Manager and Vice President Kevin Colbert expressed his warmest wishes to Vince and his family.
Williams made 444 tackles, 48 tackles for loss, 43 quarterback hits, 20.5 sacks, five passes defended, five fumble recoveries, and two interceptions in 144 games (69 starts).
His 14 tackles for loss ranks ninth in the NFL in 2020.
Only ten players in Williams’ draft class played in more games than him in his career, according to Steelers.com.
In 2013, all ten were chosen ahead of the 206th overall pick.