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Bud Dupree says goodbye to Steelers fans (but also Titan Up)

Photo: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Bud Dupree has a new home in Nashville after six years in Pittsburgh, where he started in 66 games for the Steelers and recorded 231 tackles with 39.5 sacks. Now with a Super Bowl contender in the Tennessee Titans, the former Kentucky Wildcat has a new five-year, $82.5 million contract to do his edge rushing in the Music City for the best team in the NFL.

But first he had to say goodbye to the Pittsburgh fans he left behind because he is a good person.

In a lengthy farewell piece for The Players’ Tribune, Dupree thanked the fans, his teammates, his coaches and the organization, and expressed how much he will miss playing for the Black and Gold. He recalled some of his favorite memories from his first six NFL seasons, and all of the excitement and the attitude that came with being a Steeler in front of the most “loyal and devoted fans” in Heinz Field.

“Moving on from something so special is never easy,” Dupree wrote in his tribute to Steeler Nation, “and at this point I’m definitely coming to grips with everything I’m gonna miss about being a Pittsburgh Steeler.”

Dupree and his old team will be reunited this upcoming season as the Super Bowl contender Tennessee Titans, the best team in the NFL, will travel to Pittsburgh to face all of those people Dupree misses.

Already looking ahead to that “emotional” return, Dupree, who the Steelers could have kept, wrote, “That’s definitely gonna be strange. It’ll be super weird. But y’all know me … you know it ain’t gonna stop me from coming after Ben with everything I’ve got. All out. Not holding anything back. That’s just how we do, Pittsburgh.”

Another great line from his piece, he said, “I’m looking to be better than ever for the Titans, and to bring the Lombardi Trophy to Tennessee.”

Titan Up.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

4 Comments for Bud Dupree says goodbye to Steelers fans (but also Titan Up)

  1. Wildfelinebeeline
    1:14 pm March 24, 2021 Permalink

    The Steelers could not have kept him for the money he wanted. They were already close to the cap and Bud wasn’t prepared to wait another year. Also, Titans will be what they always have, mediocre at their best! I’m happy Bud got the money he deserves. But sad for him that he has to play for such a second rate team to get that money. Steelers compete for championships, Titan try to compete! Steelers look forward to seeing Titans this year. Steelers rule, Titans down! #Herewego

    • Eddiemcwildcat
      1:46 pm March 24, 2021 Permalink

      Lol @ 2nd rate. Dream on beeline. During the toilet paper shortage i picked up some of those terrible towels. Talk about 2nd rate…they were terrible alright. Sure not charmin. Titan up

    • Wildfelinebeeline
      2:13 pm March 24, 2021 Permalink

      How many championship rings do your second rate Titans have? None? Hmmm? Sounds like a first rate program to me. Lol.

  2. Wildfelinebeeline
    2:19 pm March 24, 2021 Permalink

    Hey Drew! It’s funny how when Bud was crushing dudes for Steelers you wouldn’t mention him! Guess the former Cats only get KSR attention if they play for your favorite teams.