Life After Suisham Begins As Steelers Camp Opens
All players reported to Pittsburgh Steelers camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, July 28 to begin preparation for the 2016-2017 NFL season.
All players, that is, except for Shaun Suisham, who is likely at the end of his NFL playing career after hinting of retirement earlier this offseason.
The 34-year-old kicker suffered a catastrophic knee injury, when he tore his ACL in the Hall of Fame Game last August, prior to the start of the NFL season. The injury cost Suisham his season, and likely shortened his career.
Suisham, a WDSS and Bowling Green alumni, played 10 seasons in the NFL, beginning his career with a stint with the Dallas Cowboys. Following Dallas, he spent significant time with the Washington Redskins, before landing in Pittsburgh, where he spent the majority of his career.
Although he has yet to officially retire, Suisham hinted at the move in a statement following his release from Pittsburgh, stating “Undoubtedly, I will miss the challenge of game day and the preparation that is required. Change is hard, but I’m comfortable with where I am in life as a husband and father.”
Pittsburgh will open their 2016 NFL preseason the week of August 11 when they host the Detroit Lions.