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For eleven seasons, Maurice Pouncey lined up at the helm of the Pittsburgh offensive line, dominating opposing defensive tackles and protecting his long-time friend Ben Roethlisberger. Pouncey performed at an elite level throughout his entire career, which in the end enabled him to be honored with 9 Pro Bowl appearances, 3 NFL All-Pro honors, and countless more accolades. On Friday morning, Maurkice announced his retirement from the NFL alongside his brother, Mike. The two brothers who lined up side by side in college will now move into retirement as well, bookmarking two excellent careers. Maurkice’s journey to and through the NFL was a spectacular one, riddled with accolades and highlights that will be remembered forever. To honor such an outstanding player and leader, below is a timeline of Maurkice Pouncey’s career, one that may just end in Canton.
University of Florida – (2007-2009)
For three years, Maurkice Pouncey played football in Gainesville for an extremely talented Gators team. In 2007. Pouncey played the majority of his freshman season at right guard, starting in 11 out 13 games for HC Urban Meyer’s team. The following year, Pouncey would continue finding success as he became Florida’s starting center in the preseason. In what was a phenomenal year punctuated with a National Championship for the Gators, Pouncey started every game at center and played at an extremely high level. His best collegiate year certainly came at the right time though, as his junior year proved to be a historic one. While the undefeated Gators would eventually fall short to No. 2 Alabama in the SEC Championship, Maurkice Pouncey would bring home the Rimington Award, recognizing him as the best center in college football. After the conclusion of his 3rd year at Florida, Maurkice would officially begin his illustrious professional career, declaring for the NFL Draft.
2010 NFL Draft
On April 23rd, 2010, the Pittsburgh Steelers would use the 18th overall pick to select Maurkice Pouncey, making him the first center to come off the board. The pick would obviously prove to be a good one, as the Steelers found the anchor to their offensive line for over a decade. Pouncey would go on to start every game he played in for the Pittsburgh Steelers, making 134 appearances.