Legendary safety Troy Polamalu has all but been shown the door, legendary coach Dick LeBeau was forced out the door, and now the beard, Brett Keisel, has been released.
"The Steelers have yet to release Troy Polamalu, but one of his longtime teammates is no longer a member of the team," NFL.com reported.
"Pittsburgh released Brett Keisel and his glorious beard Monday after 13 seasons with the team. He had an incredible run after being taken in the seventh round of the 2002 draft."
Amongst the list of crazy things to happen in Pittsburgh during the offseason, the release of Brett Keisel is by far the least frustrating for Steelers fans.
Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert thanked Keisel for his commitment and professionalism during his time with the Steelers in a passionate statement today.
"Brett has played a major role in our success during his 13 years in Pittsburgh," general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. "We appreciate his efforts and we are grateful for what he helped us accomplish, including two Super Bowl Championships. We will always consider him an all-time Pittsburgh Steeler."
But to say that Steelers fans are disappointed to hear of Keisel's departure from Pittsburgh is an understatement, and many of those fans made their feelings known via social media after the announcement.
But the reality of the matter is that Keisel and his glorious beard - for which he has developed a cult reputation in Pittsburgh for - needed to leave the Steelers.
Keisel tore his triceps last season and such an injury could easily threaten his career. It has been said that Keisel has considered joining Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians in Arizona, but for now it remains unknown what Keisel and his beard will decide to do next.
In the meantime, it's understandable if there will be a period of mourning in Pittsburgh. Though Keisel only made one Pro Bowl during his career with the Steelers, he will always be remembered as an unsung hero that made three Super Bowls and won two championships in Pittsburgh.
So what do you think Steelers fans? Was it finally time to let go of the beard? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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