Steelers' Vince Williams retires after 8 seasons

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Vince Williams announced his retirement Wednesday after eight NFL seasons.

"Vince Williams notified us today that he will retire from the game of football," said Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert. "We respect his decision and want to thank him for his time with us as he consistently showed great character and leadership in addition to his contributions on the field. We wish Vince and his family all the best."

Williams spent his entire career in Pittsburgh after being drafted in the sixth round in 2013.

Pittsburgh released Williams in March in a cap-related move but re-signed him the following month after he turned down offers from other teams.

The 31-year-old was expected to battle with Robert Spillane for the right to start alongside Devin Bush. With Williams gone, Ulysees Gilbert and Marcus Allen will likely take on larger roles this season.

Williams totaled 444 tackles, 20.5 sacks, and two interceptions in 121 regular-season games (69 starts).

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