Zach Banner is a man who has been surrounded by controversy for his entire NFL career, which came to an abrupt end this week when he was released from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Banner took to Twitter on Thursday night to say goodbye and thank fans for their support over the years, though some of them were not all that thrilled with what they received in return.
The “pittsburgh steelers record” is the final message from Steelers wide receiver Zach Banner. In the video, he talks about how much he enjoyed playing for Pittsburgh and how he would love to come back one day.
Getty Images/Justin Casterline On November 28, 2021, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Zach Banner walks off the field following a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
Zach Banner, a 6-foot-8 offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, participated in only 22 games and made two starts during his four seasons with the team. But, since Banner had such a large social media presence throughout that period, it was only right that he used Twitter on April 2 to say farewell to Steelers supporters.
‘Love Yinz’ is a song written by Yinz.
“These past several weeks have been stressful and unpleasant,” he said up front, “but I simply wanted to say ‘bye’ before I went.”
“I suppose I’ve been trying to fight back since 2020—since the (ACL) injury—and it’s just been uphill from there.” And I’m going to keep following the same ambition that I had before to the accident; it just won’t be here in Pittsburgh. “I’ve come to accept it,” he said, referring to his aim of becoming a starting tackle in the NFL and the fact that he was just released by the Steelers.
“I’m going to be okay,” Banner says, “and I just wanted to say thank you to all the fans and the whole city…. Thank you to all of my friends and teammates that I’ve met over the previous several years. It will be difficult to say goodbye to the city, but there will be no punch lines or mic drops, just love yinz.
The rest of the two-minute video shows Banner, 28, expressing his goodbyes to Steelers coaches and workers while listening to Styx’s “Renegade.”
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By releasing the banner, the Steelers were able to save $5 million.
Not everyone is saddened by Banner’s departure. Mark Madden, a controversial Pittsburgh sports figure, hailed the departure of wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and the release of wide receiver Zach Banner on March 16 as the end of the Steelers’ “Showbiz Era.”
Banner has always been a social media whiz, but he missed virtually all of the 2020 season after tearing his ACL in the season opener against the New York Giants. Despite this, in March 2021, the Steelers re-signed him to a new two-year contract.
Despite this, he only played 32 plays in 2021, giving the Steelers every reason to dismiss him and preserve his $5 million contract for 2022.
Banner, on the other hand, will be known for his cult hero status as a tackle eligible receiver, which drew applause when Heinz Field public address announcer Larry Richert announced: “No. 72 is reporting as an eligible receiver.”
He’ll also be recognized for doing a lip sync of Irene Cara’s “Flashdance (What a Feeling)” during the team’s 2019 fashion show benefit, as well as recreating the classic dance sequence from the film Flashdance the following summer.
Finally, Banner will be recognized for his efforts to combat prejudice and hatred, with his cooperation with the Challah Back Girls serving as an example.
But he’ll never catch an NFL pass, which is why, while on injured reserve in 2020, he pretended to be outraged when Ben Roethlisberger threw a ball to extra tackle Jerald Hawkins. And why, in the summer of that year, he showed faux indignation when he was left out of a team promo honoring the club’s pass-catching tight ends.
It’s uncertain if Banner will be given another opportunity to attempt to resuscitate his career with a another organization. If this is it, the former fourth-round choice of the Indianapolis Colts will end his professional career with 30 NFL games under his belt, after his collegiate stint with the USC Trojans.
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