After 11 NFL seasons, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller announced his retirement on Friday. He’ll call it quits as the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions (592) and touchdowns (45) by a tight end, and that catch total is good for sixth in league history among tight ends. Go ahead and stump your friends with that last nugget.
Miller’s contributions to the Steelers were often notable, and fantasy football owners surely had him on their radar more often than not when drafting a top-tier, big-name tight end was not in the cards.
Miller had 60 receptions for 535 yards and two touchdowns in his final season, which was the third-highest catch total of his career highlighted by two 10-catch games. Over his 11 seasons Miller finished as a top-15 fantasy tight end seven times, with top-10 finishes at the position in 2007 (47 catches for 566 yard and seven touchdowns), 2009 (76 receptions for 789 yards and six touchdowns) and 2012 (71 receptions for 816 yards and eight touchdowns). In 2014, with 66 receptions for 761 yards and three touchdowns, Miller was the 11th-best fantasy tight end.
Miller was part of two Super Bowl-winning teams in his career, and I’ll bet he was on quite a few fantasy football teams that did well too.
Note: All fantasy position ranking data come via Pro Football Reference.com.