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Pittsburgh Steelers release Brett Keisel

The Steelers have yet to release Troy Polamalu, but one of his longtime teammates is no longer a member of the team.

Pittsburgh released Brett Keisel and his glorious beard Monday after 13 seasons with the team. He had an incredible run after being taken in the seventh round of the 2002 draft.

"Brett has played a major role in our success during his 13 years in Pittsburgh," general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. "We appreciate his efforts and we are grateful for what he helped us accomplish, including two Super Bowl Championships. We will always consider him an all-time Pittsburgh Steeler."

Keisel tore his triceps last season, which could end his career. Keisel considered joining old friend Bruce Arians in Arizona last year and former Steelers coordinator Dick LeBeau is now in Tennessee. The defensive end only made one Pro Bowl during his time in Pittsburgh, but he will be remembered as one of the unsung heroes -- like Aaron Smith -- of an era that produced two championships.

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