In the four seasons that Zach Banner had a six-foot-eight strike for the Pittsburgh Steelers, he appeared in just 22 games and made two starts. But in the meantime Banner maintains an overwhelming presence on social media, so it was fitting that he took to Twitter on April 2 to say goodbye to Steelers fans.
“The past few weeks have been difficult and hard,” he admitted first, “but before I go, I just wanted to say ‘goodbye’.
“I think since 2020 — since the (ACL) injury — I’ve been looking to fight back and things have gotten tougher from here on out. And I will continue to pursue the same dream I had before my injury, only unfortunately I won’t be here in Pittsburgh. I’ve accepted that,” he added, referring to his goal of starting the NFL, as well as the fact that the Steelers recently cut him off.
Banner concluded by saying, “I’ll be fine, and I just want to say thank you to all the fans and the city…. Thank you to my friends and my teammates that I have met over the past few years. The city means a lot to me and it would be hard to say goodbye, but without dialogue and without a microphone there is nothing, just love yz.
The rest of the two-minute video shows Banner, 28, saying goodbye to the Steelers coaches and staff, with the accompaniment of “Renegade” by Styx.
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Not everyone was sad to see Banner gone. Two weeks ago, Pittsburgh’s provocative sports figure Mark Madden, celebrating the departures of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Zach Banner debuted on March 16, calling it the end of the “Showbiz Era” of Steelers.
Banner has always been adept at using social media, but he missed almost the entire 2020 season after tearing the ACL net against the New York Giants in the season opener. However, the Steelers re-signed him to a new two-year contract in March 2021.
However, he’s only played 32 times in 2021, giving the Steelers all the momentum they need to free him up and save him a $5 million salary in 2022.
That said, Banner will be best remembered for his cult hero status as a handler qualified, drawing cheers on more than a handful of occasions in 2019 as broadcaster Larry Richert of Heinz Field stated publicly: “No. 72 is reporting as an eligible recipient. ”
He will also be remembered for lip-sync about Irene Cara’s “Flashdance (What a Feeling)” at the group’s 2019 fashion show fundraiser, as well as his recreating the iconic dance scene from the film dance flashmod the next summer.
Last but not least, Banner will be appreciated for his efforts against racism and hatred, his partnership with Challah Back Girls being a prime example.
But he’s leaving Pittsburgh without realizing his dream of catching an NFL ticket, which is why he was outraged when Ben Roethlisberger threw a pass to further tackle Jerald Hawkins while he was in the field. injured in 2020. And why did he express mocking outrage that summer when he was dropped from a team promo celebrating the team’s pass that caught the tight end.
It’s unclear if Banner will get another chance to try to revive his career with another team. If this is for him, the former Indianapolis Colts fourth-round pick will end his professional career after appearing in 30 NFL games, following his college career with the USC Trojans.
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