|1st Round (30th Overall)|
|2005-2015||Tight End, Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Super Bowl||XL, XLIII|
|Pro Bowl||2009, 2012|
|Hall of Honor||2022|
When you think of Steelers tight ends, the first name that comes to mind is no doubt, Heath Miller.
Or should I say, 'Heeeeath.'
Miller was the Steelers No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Miller, who played 11 seasons, started 167 of 168 games played during the regular season, and he started all 15 postseason contests that he played in. Miller's 168 regular-season games played are the most by a tight end in Steelers' history.
He was someone who could be depended on, and someone Steelers Nation adored, noticeable every time he caught the ball when they broke out into a unified 'Heeeeeath' roar.
As great a player that he was, he never looked at himself as a superstar, never sought out the spotlight, never patted himself on the back.
When he retired in 2015, he didn't want any fanfare, instead just releasing a statement.
"Today, I informed the Steelers of my plans to retire," Miller's statement read. "I realize how extremely fortunate and grateful I am to have spent my entire career as a Pittsburgh Steeler. I would like to thank the Rooney Family, Kevin Colbert, Bill Cowher, Mike Tomlin, James Daniel and the rest of the Steelers organization for giving me the opportunity to live out my childhood dream. I will always cherish and value the special bonds that I formed with my teammates. It was truly an honor for me to take the field with them. I am also appreciative of my entire family and all of the coaches who helped me along the way. Additionally, I want to thank Steelers Nation, the best fans in the NFL.
"Lastly, I owe the biggest thank you to my wife, Katie, and our four children for their unwavering support."
And with that, the best tight end in Steelers' history quietly stepped away from the game.
But what he did for the team, will remain forever.
"It's been an honor and a pleasure to coach him, to watch him grow and evolve and perform," said an emotion Coach Mike Tomlin after Miller's retirement. "To watch him grow in every way. He is not low maintenance, he has been no maintenance. He has always put the Pittsburgh Steelers first in every aspect of his professional life. I don't know that I can describe that. I don't know if there has been a guy that I have been around that is like him from an unselfish standpoint. Largely and in every instance, we are all human, we all fall short. I don't know if I have ever seen a regrettable moment in him. That just speaks to who he is."
Miller retired as the all-time leader in receptions (592), receiving yards (6,569) and receiving touchdowns (45) by a tight end. He was a member of the Steelers' Super Bowl XL and XLIII Championship teams, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, and team MVP in 2012.
"His talent. His commitment. His drive, determination," said Tomlin, who coached Miller from 2007-15. "The day-to-day example he set for others. The legacy that is his career will touch us and specifically the tight end position here in Pittsburgh for a long, long time. I imagine there will be guys that reflect and represent his values for years to come. Impactful guys like him always do."