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Trio of former Pittsburgh Steelers say 'Thank You' to the organization and Steelers Nation

The Pittsburgh Steelers recently saw three players leave the team via free agency, and all thanked the organization and fan base in their own way.

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Saying goodbye is never easy, and such a sentiment certainly rings true for professional athletes who spend a significant amount of time with an organization and then leave. Sometimes the new scenery is via trade, and others it is from free agency. Nonetheless, it can't be easy to say goodbye to teammates, coaches and the loyal fans who supported you through thick and thin.

This is what Kelvin Beachum, Sean Spence and Steve McLendon all had to face as they now have found new homes around the AFC. Beachum signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, McLendon with the New York Jets and Spence with the Tennessee Titans.

Each had their own way of saying 'Thank You', and it is worth noting these three men were class acts both with the organization, as well as when they are departing the organization.

Kelvin Beachum

Sean Spence

Steve McLendon

Via Jeremy Fowler of

"I want thank the Pittsburgh Steelers for seven incredible years! They took a chance on a little known guy from Ozark, Alabama, which was all I needed. For that, I will always be grateful to the Rooney family, Kevin Colbert, Omar Khan, Coaches Tomlin, Mitchell, LeBeau, Butler, and the entire Steelers organization.

"I will miss my brothers in Pittsburgh, and the amazing fans of Steelers Nation. But I am excited to become part of a great New York Jets organization. I look forward to continued success on the field, and to becoming part of the New York Jets family."