The Pittsburgh Steelers will likely shake up their roster during the offseason, which could be bad news for a number of veteran defenders. The belief is that fan favorites such as Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark and Brett Keisel could all be on their way out of the Steel City, and the players are hearing those discussions.
While Keisel is one of the players that understands his Steelers career and potentially his NFL career could be coming to an end, he is not ready to think about a potential retirement.
“You hate thinking about the end,” he said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You hate thinking about not being able to do it anymore. But everyone, especially if you’re an older guy, you understand the business. You can’t say that no one ever thinks about it. I have a lot of great memories and build new, fond memories every day, and that’s what’s been the best part.”
Keisel would like to continue playing in Pittsburgh and feels that he has at least another year to give, but he does understand that the next two weeks could be his final two games suited up as a member of the Black and Gold.
“That’s very possible,” he said. “That’s the nature of the business we’re in, everyone’s getting younger. Whatever happens, I’m grateful for my time that I’ve been here. I’m grateful for the success we’ve had on this team.
“But I want us to go out and finish this thing strong, win these last two games and go out on a positive note.”
Every player dreams of spending their career with one team and Keisel has spent more than a decade with the Steelers, so you can understand why he is not ready to think about what the future could hold if he is granted his walking papers in the offseason.
Keisel has done a lot for the Steelers over the years, but unfortunately the injuries have begun to take their toll and there is no denying the fact that he is slowing down.