Ex-Steeler Sean Morey Retires

Ted Kian, one of my fellow Lounge Bloggers, and I talk Steeler football a lot. We talk about the Steelers as much in April and July as we do in September and December, and we’ve been discussing and arguing about Steelers for more than 20 years now.

And there have been few players who I’ve ever heard Ted go nuts over more than Sean Morey. I was never the biggest Morey fan, but compared to Ted, I was Morey’s biggest backer. As Ted saw it, the Steelers didn’t have the roster room for the luxury of a special teams ace who couldn’t really play a position, and one that as he saw it wasn’t all that good on coverage units.

With all that being said, it’s worth noting that Morey has announced he’s retiring instead of heading to Seahawks’ training camp. It’s impressive that a receiver with a grand total of 18 NFL catches could put together a nine-year career and even make a Pro Bowl. And I will remember fondly anyone who was a member of the Steelers 2005 Super Bowl champs.

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  • Ted

    I have nothing against Sean Morey. I would just get upset that (A) the Steelers would use a roster spot on a wide receiver who could not play receiver, cutting better players in the process and (B) that media would idiotically refer to Morey as a “special teams ace” when he rarely made tackles and almost never made big plays on special teams.

    At the time, I was convinced he had uncompromising pictures of someone high up in the Steelers' organization to keep his spot on the roster for so long.

    But our biggest disagreements, as I seem to recall, came after the first round of the 1996 NFL draft when I nearly jumped off a bridge after the Steelers – who had several needs – took a converted defensive tackle/offensive line prospect named Jermaine Stephens from NC A&T in the first round, even though no experts had him going in the first round and he was a “long-term project”

    J.J. was happy about the pick, citing that Stephens had “great long-term potential.” I thought it was insanely dumb, nothing that no one thought this guy could be a starter within 2 years, some thought he would end up at guard because he was too lazy and prone to get out of shape for tackle, and that you do not take project offensive linemen in the first round of the NFL Draft in the free-agency era.

    As with the vast majority of our debates over Steelers' drafting, turns out I was correct, much to both of our chagrin. Stephens ended up arguably the biggest bust of any Steeler first-round pick in recent memory.