A little over a month ago, linebacker Myles Jack was in full retirement mode.
In October, he became the first African American majority owner of a professional hockey team, the Allen Americans. Not too long after, Jack was training to become a pilot as he was entering the next phase of his life. No one would have suspected that he would eventually return to the game that he thought he had left behind.
Since returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 20, 2023, Jack has made an impact with the team in a short period of time. One can make the argument that he has been more visible in his second stint than he was in his first stint with the team in the 2022 season.
On a depleted linebacking unit that has seen its fair share of changes due to many key injuries this season, Jack has wasted little time making his presence felt. In his first start of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16, Jack contributed nine tackles with a sack and two quarterback hits. The following week, against the Seattle Seahawks, he registered eight tackles and made key stops to help his defense.
Not only has Jack fit in, he may have found a new lease on his NFL career. Whether he decides to keep going remains to be seen. In the meantime, his contributions have become essential to the success of the team over the last two weeks. Most importantly, it may keep him in football a little longer.