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The Hokey Pokey during warmups at Heinz Field will be no longer. The man who coined the tradition, and did the jig, has decided to hang up his spikes.

For an undrafted player out of Brigham Young, Chris Hoke made quite a career for himself, spending 11 seasons in the NFL as the Steelers' backup nose tackle. Now, he has decided to put an end to that career, according to the team.

His retirement hardly comes as a surprise. The 35-year-old sustained a neck injury on Oct. 16 against Jacksonville, and the injury ultimately forced the team to place him on injured reserve in December. He underwent surgery that same month.

On the rare occasions when he did start — a total of 18 regular-season starts over the past eight seasons — the Steelers fared quite well, posting a 17-1 record.

He ends his career with 83 tackles and two sacks, including a career-high 24 tackles and one sack in 2004, when he started a career-best 10 games.

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