Steelers TE Vance McDonald announces retirement

McDonald came to the Steelers via a trade in 2017
Vance McDonald stiff arms Chris Conte
Vance McDonald stiff arms Chris Conte Photo credit © Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers tight end Vance McDonald has announced his retirement from football.

Maybe known best for his devastating stiff arm to Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Chris Conte in 2018, McDonald came to the Steelers after a trade with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017.

McDonald played in the NFL for eight seasons.

"My family and I are so grateful for everything NFL football has provided us in our life—all the memories both good and the difficult, the relationships and friends we've made along the way, the life lessons the game provided both me and my loved ones,” McDonald told "It's always been our dream and mission to leverage the platform given us through the NFL to help serve and uplift others along the way, and we will continue to find ways to serve others as we begin this next chapter of our lives. I am proud to retire a Steeler."

McDonald was drafted by the 49ers in the 2nd round (55th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft.

In 14 games with Pittsburgh this season, McDonald has 15 catches for 99 yards. With Eric Ebron joining the club in the offseason, McDonald took on more of a blocking role and was happy to give Ebron the bulk of the receptions.

Over his career, McDonald played in 101 games with 181 catches for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns.

McDonald is a product of Rice University and East Chambers High School in Winnie, just outside of Houston.