By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Pittsburgh Steelers are bracing for the expected retirement of Ben Roethlisberger. On Saturday night, the team announced a retirement.
No, this retirement was not the news that Roethlisberger was departing the game. The team announced that defensive coordinator Keith Butler is retiring.
Butler had been the team’s defensive coordinator since 2015. He had replaced former defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.
“It is an emotional day as I announce I am retiring from my football coaching career,” Butler said in a statement. “I have spent every year since 1990 as a coach in the NFL and the NCAA, but the time is right for me to walk away after a successful career both playing and coaching the game I love.”
Before his retirement, Butler had been employed by the Steelers dating back to the 2003 season. He had served as the team’s linebackers coach from 2003 through 2014.
He then was promoted to defensive coordinator for the 2015 season.
During his tenure with the Steelers, the team won two Super Bowls. The 65-year-old was a coach on the Steelers Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII wins.
Before joining the Steelers, he spent four seasons as the Cleveland Browns linebackers coach. He had been a college coach before joining the Browns.
He spent one season as the Arkansas State Red Wolves defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 1998. He was the Memphis Tigers linebackers, defensive ends, and special teams coach from 1990 through 1997.
He was a second-round draft pick in the 1978 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He played for the Seahawks from 1978 through 1987.
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