The NFL is losing a set of twins from its active ranks, as Maurkice and Mike Pouncey are retiring from football in the same way they entered this world: together.
Ramon Foster, a former teammate of Maurkice's with the Pittsburgh Steelers, made the announcement on Twitter with notes from both players.
"As I write this farewell speech I cry & I laugh that twin boys from Lakeland (Florida) that grew up in poverty made it this far in life both living out NFL dreams," Maurkice wrote.
Wrote Mike: "We began this journey at 6 years old and now at 31 we will close this chapter of our lives … we wanted to make it cool to be offensive linemen and we accomplished it."
It’s my honor that my brothers from another asked me to announce the next stage in their life. After over a decade @MaurkicePouncey and Mike Pouncey are RETIRING from the @nfl 🤝. Below are their memos to thank those involved in their careers. #Steeler#chargers#Miami#NFLpic.twitter.com/v9IALOrZaX
Maurkice Pouncey played his entire career with the Steelers, earning two All-Pro nods (2011, 2014) and nine Pro Bowl selections, establishing himself as one of the best interior offensive linemen of the last decade.
Mike Pouncey spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Miami Dolphins before making his fourth Pro Bowl during his first season with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2018. He was placed on injured reserve five weeks into 2019 and did not play in 2020.
The Steelers selected Maurkice 18th overall in 2011, three picks after the Dolphins took Mike, who changed his jersey number from 51 to his brother's 53 when he signed with the Chargers.
There are now four sets of twins in the NFL: Devin and Jason McCourty (both defensive backs for the New England Patriots), rookies Carlos (Steelers) and Khalil Davis (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin of the Seattle Seahawks and the Hollisters (Jacob plays for Seattle, Cody is with the Tennessee Titans).
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