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    Steelers' Hartings to retire

    i know we talked about it somewhere else, but here's an official article
    Thursday, February 01, 2007
    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Pro-Bowl center Jeff Hartings has told his Steelers' teammates that he is retiring.

    Hartings, who succeeded Dermontti Dawson at a position that has been the team's most stable and successful for the past four decades, told his fellow offensive linemen shortly after the season ended that he will not be back.

    "He's done. He told all of us," said offensive tackle Max Starks.

    Hartings ends an 11-year playing career with two teams at two different positions. He began as a guard after the Detroit Lions drafted him in the first round from Penn State in 1996. He switched to center, a position he had never played, when he signed with the Steelers in 2001 as an unrestricted free agent.

    Dawson was forced into retirement after the 2000 season because of lingering hamstring muscle injuries. Hartings moved in and started all but six games over the past six seasons at center, despite chronic problems and soreness with his knees because of a loss of cartilage.

    Hartings made two Pro Bowls as a center after the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07032/758775-100.stm
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    Best of luck to you Jeff; you're a trooper and tough as nails ! Thank you for everything and being a part of our Super Bowl run !

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    No surprise!

    We were all expecting this announcement! Looks like Chucky is the man! Marvin Philips moves up the depth chart and we probably should look for a second day center. With Chucky's neck problems last year I am not comfortable going into the year with 2 centers. Kalil is not the answer either. He is a smaller center more suited for a team like Denver. He did not look very overpowering in his run blocking at the senior bowl. Not worth a 1st day draft pick. Why not try Willie Colon there and try to salvage Max Starks or Trai Essex at RT. Give Chucky his shot at it first!

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    i wonder if he would make a good coach?? maybe come be an assistant oline coach for us or something lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGold4vr View Post
    We were all expecting this announcement! Looks like Chucky is the man! Marvin Philips moves up the depth chart and we probably should look for a second day center. With Chucky's neck problems last year I am not comfortable going into the year with 2 centers. Kalil is not the answer either. He is a smaller center more suited for a team like Denver. He did not look very overpowering in his run blocking at the senior bowl. Not worth a 1st day draft pick. Why not try Willie Colon there and try to salvage Max Starks or Trai Essex at RT. Give Chucky his shot at it first!

    Or move Simmons to center and put Willie Colon at RG. Some say Colon is better suited for guard anyway.

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    Jeff..we will miss you. Good luck in evverything. I think we all knew this was about to come....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black@Gold Forever32 View Post
    Or move Simmons to center and put Willie Colon at RG. Some say Colon is better suited for guard anyway.
    Simmons played some center for us this year and last when Jeff was hurt and in preseason so it's a definite possibility of seeing an OL of:

    Smith
    Faneca
    Simmons or Okobi
    Kemoeatu
    Colon

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    okobi is dead it's now chuk wun......get it straight lol.........i didn't get to see the games simmons played center.....who did he do???
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    Thanks Jeff!... I've been a fan since his days at Penn State.



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    good luck bro


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