Throughout the decades the Pittsburgh Steelers have had many phenomenal playmakers grace their roster, but just as many of those players have left the Steel City to finish out their time in the NFL elsewhere.
Here, we will take a look at five of the most influential players that have made an impact for the team, but did not retire as Steelers.
5. Rashard Mendenhall
The Steelers’ first round draft pick in the 2008 season, Rashard Mendenhall was chosen to give Pittsburgh the first round talent that had been missing since Jerome Bettis retired in 2005.
After 3/4ths of his rookie season on the team’s injured/reserve list due to a fractured shoulder, Mendenhall would carry the brunt of the Steelers’ running back duties in 2009, rushing for 1,108 yards. After the release of Willie Parker before the 2010 season, Mendenhall became the Steelers’ de facto running back, rushing for another 1,000 yard season (1,273 total) and 13 touchdowns, playing a vital role in Pittsburgh’s success to reach Super Bowl XLV.
Mendenhall would spend to more seasons with the Steelers and, after a very rocky 2012 season with the team, would leave in free agency to join the Arizona Cardinals. After his one year stint in Arizona he would retire from the game of football due to personal reasons.