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Former Steelers T Max Starks Announces He Has Officially Retired

Former Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Max Starks announced Thursday that he has officially retired from the NFL.

Starks, who was drafted in the third-round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Florida, played with the Steelers from 2004-12. He finished his career with stops in San Diego and St. Louis in 2013 and Arizona in 2014.

After appearing in 10 games during his rookie season, Starks become the Steelers starting right tackle in 2005. That season culminated with the Steelers winning Super Bowl XL.

Entering the 2007 season, Starks lost his starting right tackle job to Willie Colon, but wound up starting the final two games of the regular season at left tackle in place of the injured Marvel Smith.

In February of 2008, the Steelers placed the transition tag on Starks. After starting 11 games that season, Starks was again tagged that following offseason and eventually signed a new four-year, $26.3 million contract that summer.

After starting 16 games in 2009 for the Steelers Starks only started and played in seven games in 2010 as his season was cut short by a neck injury.

After being released by the Steelers right at the start of their training camp in 2011, Starks found himself back in Pittsburgh at the starting left tackle spot by Week 5 of the season due to injuries on the offensive line and the poor play of Jonathan Scott. Starks started 12 games for the Steelers that season and returned again the following season to start every game.

In total, Starks started 96 regular season games for the Steelers and played in 123 total. He was part of two Super Bowl championship teams during his time in Pittsburgh.

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