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Ex-Steelers OT Max Starks announces retirement

Former Pittsburgh Steelers OT Max Starks announced his official retirement from football Thursday.

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As the years pass, more and more of the dynamic Pittsburgh Steelers players who dominated the early 2000's are finding themselves out of the NFL. The most recent to officially hang up the cleats is ex-Steelers LT Max Starks.

Starks made the announcement on his official Twitter page as well as announcing plans to get into broadcasting with his football career officially over.

Starks was a 3rd round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft out of the University of Florida. Starks spent 8 seasons (2004-2012) with the Steelers. During his time with Pittsburgh he went to 3 Super Bowls (2005, 2008, 2010), winning 2.

After his tenure with the Steelers, he spent time with the San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams in 2013 before playing for the Arizona Cardinals in 2014.

Starks was a large part of the success the Steelers experienced during his playing days in Pittsburgh as he protected Ben Roethlisberger and helped open holes for the likes of Jerome Bettis, Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall. Starks' 10-year career can certainly be considered a success story.