Steelers linebacker Vince Williams announces he’s retiring from football on eve of training camp

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Vince Williams has announced he is retiring from football.

According to team officials, Williams notified them Wednesday to end his eight-year career in the NFL.

“We respect his decision and want to thank him for his time with us as he consistently showed great character and leadership in addition to his contributions on the field. We wish Vince and his family all the best,” said general manager Kevin Colbert in a news release.

Williams played in 14 regular-season games last season, registering 70 tackles, including 14 for loss, three sacks, four quarterback hits and two fumble recoveries. His tackles for loss ranked fifth in the NFL.

He was originally drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Only 10 players from Williams’ original draft class played in more NFL games over their career.

It’s not clear what sparked his decision to retire.

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Williams was released and then re-signed by the Steelers during the offseason despite entertaining offers from other NFL teams. The team would have been fairly deep at the linebacker position with Devin Bush, Robert Spillane and Williams, before his decision to retire.

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