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.”