Mike Tomlin Tweets Reaction to Sam Koch's Retirement
By Larry Rupp
Pittsburgh Steelers fans may have do a double take when they don't see Sam Koch taking on punting duties for the Baltimore Ravens in heated divisional matchups in 2022. The 16-year pro announced his retirement on Thursday and will now join the Ravens' coaching staff as a special teams consultant.
Koch ends his career as Baltimore's all-time leader in games played and received some praise from one of the NFL's longest tenured coaches. Mike Tomlin never shied away from mentioning Koch's consistency during press conferences and took to Twitter to show his final respects on his career.
The Ravens selected Koch in the sixth round out of Nebraska and he wasted no time winning fans over by earning the starting punter job as a rookie. The 39-year-old never averaged less than 43.0 yards per punt in a season, made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and helped Baltimore win the Super Bowl in 2012.
Baltimore may have had a sense that this was coming after the Ravens were the first team to draft a punter in this past April's draft. Penn State product Jordan Stout was taken off the board in the fourth round (No. 130 overall) and will now aim to fill in the shoes of a player set to be his mentor moving forward.
The Ravens and Steelers will meet in Weeks 14 & 17 of the regular season in what could very well be game-changing matchups. For now, Baltimore has odds set at +2000 to win Super Bowl 57, while the Steelers check in with odds set at +8000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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