Former Florida OL Maurkice Pouncey reportedly expected to retire from NFL
Former Florida standout Maurkice Pouncey’s decorated NFL career has likely reached its end.
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday, via Twitter, that Pouncey has, “told teammates he is likely retiring after 11 seasons. Barring a change of heart, could be making a decision soon, per sources.”
The No. 18 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Pouncey has spent all 11 seasons of his pro career in Pittsburgh. Pouncey got off to a strong start in his first NFL season, making the Pro Bowl and PFWA All-Rookie Team plus earning second-team All-Pro recognition. It would be the first of nine Pro Bowl selections for Pouncey. He received the more prestigious first-team All-Pro recognition in 2011, ’12 and ’14. He was named second-team All-Pro again in 2018. A Pro Football Hall of Fame committee named Pouncey to its NFL All-Decade Team for the 2010s.
The All-Decade Team selection led to some discussion of whether Pouncey will ultimately one day be inducted into the Hall in Canton. Induction into the Hall would make Pouncey eligible for his alma mater’s Ring of Honor as a former All-American at Florida.
Pouncey was a key member of UF’s 2008 national championship squad as the starting center. In his final season with the Gators, 2009, Pouncey won the Rimington Trophy and was named first-team All-SEC and a consensus All-American.