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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 2021-07-22

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Steelers’ linebacker retires

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Pittsburgh veteran linebacker Vince Williams announced his retirement Wednesday on the eve of training camp, just months after taking a pay cut to return for a ninth season. The 31-year-old Williams appeared in 121 games for the Steelers after making the team as a sixth-round pick out of Florida State in 2013. He carved out his career early as a special-teams ace, then became one of the more physical inside linebackers in the NFL, forming a close bond with Ryan Shazier before Shazier’s career-ending back injury late in the 2017 season. The Steelers released Williams in a salary-cap move in March — a decision that saved the club $4 million — then re-signed him to a one-year deal a month later. Williams collected 20.5 sacks during his career.

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