Steelers center retires after 11 years

Feb. 5, 2007 at 5:37 PM

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers center Jeff Hartings has announced his retirement after playing in the National Football League for 11 years.

Hartings played his first five years as a guard for the Detroit Lions before being picked up as a center for the Steelers. He started 160 out of 162 games in his NFL career.

"Jeff Hartings embraced switching to a new position when he joined the Steelers, and continued our team's legacy of outstanding players at the center position," Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement. "He was highly respected throughout our entire organization for being a tremendous role model both on and off the field."

Hartings helped the Steelers win the 2005 Super Bowl as well as being a Pro Bowl selection in 2004 and '05.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending News
Seattle Seahawks hold off Detroit Lions for controversial win
Oakland Athletics promote Billy Beane, name David Forst GM
Apology saves Rory McIlroy $20K
Falcons hope to get injured RB Coleman back this week