Announced today, the Pouncey twins, Mike and Maurkice, are retiring together. Both very proud Florida Gators and National Champions in the Tim Tebow era, they went on to have well decorated NFL careers too. First round picks, with a ring on their finger, they made their way into the NFL. Today the league retires two very strong offensive linemen.
Helluva Career Maurkice
Maurkice Pouncey, coming into the league with the 18th pick in the first round in 2010, has only ever played in the Pittsburgh yellow and black. He made the pro bowl as a rookie, and 9 times in total throughout his 10 year career in the league.
Maurkice played all 16 games at centre as a rookie for the Steelers, and picked up 2 votes for offensive rookie of the year, which is not easy to do playing on the interior of the offensive line!
The following years brought consistency and solid protection to Ben Roethlisberger week in week out. Pouncey certainly lived up to his draft hype with the career that followed.
The younger of the two, by one single minute, Maurkice hangs it up after 10 years on one of the most consistent offensive lines in the NFL. 5 all pro selections, 3 first team and 2 second, plus the 9 pro bowls. Not bad going at all.
His retirement will leave behind a pro bowler shaped hole on the O line, which the Steelers will struggle to replace.
Helluva Career Mike
One year on from Maurkice getting drafted by the Steelers at 18, Mike, his ‘older’ brother, was drafted 15th overall by the Miami Dolphins. He, just like his brother, was graded the top centre (and guard) prospect in the draft, and also like Maurkice, Mike started all 16 games as a rookie. The Dolphins obviously liked what they had in Mike Pouncey and exercised the 5th year option on his rookie contract.
He signed a 5 year extension with the Dolphins in 2015, and continued to be a cornerstone on their offensive line. in 2018, Pouncey requested his release, which the Dolphins granted, and he went on to sign a two year deal with the LA Chargers.
Season ending hip surgery cut his 2020 season short, and it turns out this was to be his last.
While Mike didn’t make the pro bowl as a rookie, because yes that’s difficult to do, particularly as a rookie line man, he did get to the pro bowl 4x in his career.
Going Out Together
While they came into the league a year apart, they’ll be going out together. With 13 pro bowls, 248 career starts, and over $150 million dollars in earnings between the two of them. I’ve linked their retirement messages below. Helluva career to these two maulers. Curtains close on the Pouncey twins.
As non social media folk, Ramon Foster announced the retirement on their behalf: