By Anthony Caruso III | Editor

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the expected retirement of Ben Roethlisberger. Saturday night, the team announced a retirement.

No, this retirement was not the news that Roethlisberger was leaving the game. The team has announced that defensive coordinator Keith Butler is retiring.

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Butler had been the team’s defensive coordinator since 2015. He had replaced former defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.

“It is an emotional day as I announce that I am retiring from my football coaching career,” Butler said in a statement. “I have spent every year since 1990 as a coach in the NFL and NCAA, but the time has come for me to leave after a successful career both playing and coaching the game I love.”

Prior to his retirement, Butler had been employed by the Steelers since the 2003 season. He served as the team’s linebackers coach from 2003 to 2014.

He was then promoted to defensive coordinator for the 2015 season.

During his tenure with the Steelers, the team won two Super Bowls. The 65-year-old was a coach during the Steelers’ Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII victories.

Prior to joining the Steelers, he spent four seasons as the Cleveland Browns linebacker coach. He had been a college coach before joining the Browns.

He spent one season as the Arkansas State Red Wolves defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 1998. He was the linebackers, defensive ends and special teams coach for the Memphis Tigers from 1990 to 1997.

He was a second-round draft pick in the 1978 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He played for the Seahawks from 1978 to 1987.

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