Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds is retiring from the NFL. Worilds, 27, played just five seasons in the league.

By SI Wire
March 11, 2015

Outside linebacker Jason Worilds is retiring from the NFL, Worilds said in a statement on Twitter.

Worilds spent his entire five-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing on the transition tag last season before becoming an unrestricted free agent this off-season.

The entire statement from Worilds:

"I appreciate all of the interest from the organizations that have reached out to us the past few days. With that being said, after much thought & consideration I have chosen to step away from football as I have opted to pursue other interests. I am especially grateful of the opportunity to play before some of the greatest fans in football today. Despite any concern and speculation that may ensue, I appreciate those that are respectful of my decision."

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According to CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora, Worilds is leaving football to pursue his faith.

The 27-year-old was reportedly fielding free-agent interest from the Steelers and Tennessee Titans. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Worilds could've received a contract worth close to $7 million or $8 million per year, along with at least $15 million in guaranteed money.

Originally a second-round pick of the Steelers in the 2010 NFL draft, Worilds had 190 total tackles and 25.5 sacks over his five seasons. He started all 16 games for the first time in his career last season, recording 62 tackles and 7.5 sacks.

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The news of Worilds' retirement comes on the heels of the retirements of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, an eight-year veteran, and Titans quarterback Jake Locker, a four-year veteran.

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