Linebacker Vince Williams announced his retirement today after an eight-year career in the National Football League, all with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Vince Williams announced to us today that he is retiring from the game of football,” said Steelers General Manager and Vice President Kevin Colbert. “We respect his decision and would like to thank him for his time with us as he consistently showed great character and leadership beyond his contributions on the pitch. We wish Vince and his family all the best.”
Williams played in 14 games in the regular season (14 starts) in 2020. He recorded 70 tackles (47 solos), including 14 for losses, 3.0 sacks, four quarterback hits and two fumble ups. His 14 tackles for losses last season were fifth in the NFL.
Williams recorded two or more tackles for losses in the first three games of the ’20 season, and five games in total. His 12 tackles for loss were tied for the third most by any player during the first six games of a season since 1999. JJ Watt (Houston, 2012, 15) and Von Miller (Denver, 2012, 13) were the only players with more tackles for losses during the first six games of a season since 1999.
Williams was originally drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in 2013. In 121 games in the regular season of his career (69 starts), Williams totaled 444 tackles, 48 tackles for losses, 43 quarterback hits, 20.5 sacks, five passes defense, five fumble collections and two interceptions, including one returned to a TD.
Only 10 players from Williams’ original draft class played in multiple NFL games during his career, and all 10 players were pulled up ahead of the sixth round out of Florida State.