Heath Miller set the standard for how we know tight ends in today’s NFL.
The Cincinnati Bengals have saw Heath Miller for the better part of 11 years. They will not to get to face him for a 12th season. The Steelers announced Thursday that Miller will retire. He played in 168 NFL games and started 167 of those games. He was the primary target of Ben Roethlisberger on numerous occasions and was one of the all-around best tight ends, who could stay in to block and create opportunity on almost certain dead plays.
The formidable opponent and well known Bengals killer, player 20 career regular season games against the Bengals and two playoff games. He recorded four touchdowns, 78 catches for 720 yards, and watched the Steelers win 14 of the 20 games he faced against the Bengals. He even went four games with a perfect reception to target ratio and averaged a 69% reception average.
The Steelers will be losing a large part of their offense. Miller caught 592 passes for 6,569 yards, had 346 first downs, and 45 touchdowns. He is fourth in the Steelers organization in receiving yards, just Hines Ward, Antonio Brown, and John Stallworth have more. He is also fourth among career leaders in touchdowns in Pittsburgh.
The Bengals will be happy to see him leave as a competitor but they are sad to not be competing against one of the best all-around tight ends in the National Football League. Heath Miller, thank you for setting the bar for guys like Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft. Enjoy retirement!