Perhaps it was fate that Vance McDonald brought to the Steelers via a San Francisco 49ers deal in 2017

Because McDonald ended up in a place where its values ​​perfectly match those of the organization

These are three things that the Rooney family consider strong values, and these were exactly what McDonald stands for

Now, after completing his eighth season in the NFL, McDonald will focus on just two of them – Faith and Family – as he retires from the NFL

“My family and I are so grateful for everything NFL football has brought us in our lives – all the good and difficult memories, the relationships and friends we made along the way, the life lessons that the game has provided both me and my loved ones, “said McDonald.” It has always been our dream and mission to use the platform given to us by the NFL to serve and elevate others on their path , and we will continue to find ways to serve others as we begin this next chapter of our lives. I am proud to retire a Steeler “

McDonald, who said during a Zoom call to the media on Friday that he made the decision to retire in the last off-season so he could start working on his foundation, said he did No one was told of the decision until the team got lost to the Cleveland Browns in the wild card round

Looking forward to the future, McDonald will also miss the joy of its past

“I will remember and miss being in the crowd more than anything,” said McDonald, “Moments when you look another man in the eye and know that you are both pursuing the same mission, the same goal , winning and succeeding I’ll miss the game I’ll miss the boys I’ll miss the locker room I’ll miss those moments of pressure, awkward as they are

“I always wanted to be a good soldier. I never wanted to present myself as I was in the way. I never wanted to present myself as if I were baggage or it was hard to keep myself around I just wanted one be a good soldier I wanted to do my job as well as possible

“I fell in love with Steeler, I fell in love with Pittsburgh, I fell in love with the city, I feel in love with everyone”

McDonald was named 55th by the 49ers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft Overall selection, designed.He spent four seasons in San Francisco before making a fresh start in Pittsburgh after being traded just before the 2017 season began

For his career, McDonald played 101 games in his eight seasons, starting at 77 and ending with 181 receptions for 2036 yards and 15 touchdown receptions During his four years with the Steelers, he played 53 games, starting at 47, and got 117 passes for 1170 yards and eight touchdowns

He had his best season in 2018 when he caught 50 passes for 610 yards, a 12, 2-yard average, and had four touchdown receptions

“I am grateful for Vance’s contributions over the last four years of his career in Pittsburgh,” said coach Mike Tomlin. “He was a classmate on and off the field who directed many of our community efforts and was also a voice for our social justice efforts and community work during the pandemic. I wish him and his family all the best in his retirement and continued work as a pillar in the community “

McDonald is also Steelers nominee for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year 2020.Each NFL team will nominate a Man of the Year nominee and is eligible to be the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year presented by Nationwide The award honors the NFL a player’s non-profit service off the field as well as their outstanding game quality and McDonald definitely scores in these areas

When COVID-19 hit the country and the Pittsburgh area, people were affected in ways many had never imagined.While many thought the only impact of the pandemic would be the risk of contracting the virus, it soon posed found that the effects were wider. Through his work with Convoy of Hope, McDonald and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger launched the Trucks of Hope campaign with the aim of campaigning to supply individual trucks with non-perishable food, PPE and detergents for Jan.000 families in Allegheny, Butler, and Westmoreland Counties bringing the western Pa Region among those they worked with was the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, which distributed the items to agencies they work with across the region

The NFL gave 98 players special eligibility to draft, and 30 others are also eligible after completing the completion requirements

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