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Former Steelers Quarterback Announces Retirement At 26

A Pittsburgh Steelers helmet sitting on the field.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01: A detailed view of a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

At just 26-years-old, Devlin "Duck" Hodges is walking away from football. The former Steelers quarterback has been playing in the Canadian Football League as a member of the Ottawa Redblacks. But on Friday, the team announced his decision to hang up his cleats.

I’d like to thank the REDBLACKS for bringing me to Ottawa and giving me this opportunity. I have gained a lot of respect for the CFL and its fans – particularly RNation! I’m excited to see what the future holds but I know that the next chapter in my life is going to be fun. – Duck

Hodges cemented himself in the hearts of the Steelers faithful after a memorable 2019 run. Pittsburgh signed Hodges as a free agent ahead of that season, but ended up cutting him in August. However, he was later re-signed to the team's practice squad, and just a week later he found himself on the active roster after Ben Roethlisberger's season-ending injury. The man they call Duck took over for Mason Rudolph against the Ravens in Week 5 of that year; and a legend was born.

He'd make his first start against the Chargers the next game, throwing for 132 yards, a touchdown and a pick in the win. He'd later help lead a comeback victory against the Bengals on November 24.

He posted a 3-3 record in his six starts (including three straight wins to start his career) and helped keep the Steelers afloat in what could've been a disastrous year for Pittsburgh.

The team would narrowly miss the playoffs at 8-8. But the season was nowhere near forgettable, thanks in large part to Duck Hodges.