Veteran Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster announced his retirement Monday.
“When the time comes, you just know it, and the time has come for me to make a caravan,” Foster, 34, said in a statement. “I have made friends for life, I have lived moments that I will never forget, and I have seen things I never thought about this game. First of all, I want to thank my wife and children. I also want to thank the Steelers organization, to the coach [Mike] Tomlin, Mr. Art Rooney II, to the late ambassador [Dan] Rooney, and Kevin Colbert for making Pittsburgh feel like family. There are so many people I need to thank, including all Steelers employees. I would also like to thank my colleagues who made this trip something very special for me and my family: you were amazing.
“Finally, I want to thank the best fans in any sport. I am proud to say that I was a Steeler for life, and there is no other organization that I would have preferred to play with in my career.”RELATED
Foster has been a reliable starter on the line – mostly as a left guard – for the Steelers for the past decade.
He first joined Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and became a full-time starter for his third year. In all, he has started 145 of 160 games he played in, including 119 of the last 120.
Foster was also instrumental as team leader and representative to the NFL Players Association.
Information from Brooke Pryor was used in writing this note.