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Chargers center Mike Pouncey is retiring from the NFL

Congrats on a great career, Pounce!

Los Angeles Chargers v Miami Dolphins Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

On Friday morning, former Steelers guard Ramon Foster was given the honor to announce the retirements of both Mike and Maurkice Pouncey from the NFL. Foster played alongside Maurkice for most of the past decade in Pittsburgh.

After not seeing the field for the past season and a half, many within the fan base probably forgot that the Chargers still employed Mike Pouncey. After all, the former Miami Dolphin was signed by the Bolts prior to the team’s 12-4 season in 2018 but, unfortunately, suffered a severe neck injury after only five games into the 2019 season. After letting the Chargers fan base know that he was coming back for the 2020 season, the longtime pivot ended up needing hip surgery which kept him sidelined for the entire season.

It was likely a big stretch that Pouncey was going to return to the Chargers after all the surgeries and various injures he’s already sustained during his time in Los Angeles and this officially puts the final period on an outstanding career for the former first-round pick.

With Pouncey now out of the picture completely in terms of the team’s 2021 plans, Dan Feeney — who is a free agent this year — may just have punched his ticket back to the Bolts barring something unforeseen.

Congrats on a phenomanel career, Mike! Enjoy retirement!