PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Former Steeler and free agent linebacker Jason Worilds shocked much of the football world when he announced he was retiring at the age of 27-years-old.

Reports have now surfaced that Worilds retired to pursue a larger role in his faith.

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As Kirk Larrabee of 247Sports.com writes, a Steelers beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had the report.

Ed Bouchette wrote that Worilds was looking to devote more time for his religion, the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Worilds sent a message on Twitter to his followers about the decision he had made.

Worilds likely walked away from a free-agent contract worth somewhere  between $7 million or $8 million per season with at least $15 million guaranteed as he looked to cash in during the prime of his career.

Worilds had played the 2014 season for the Steelers under the transition tag which paid him $9.754 million.

It was believed that had Worilds not retired, he was not going to return to the Steelers as they were set to let him test the free agent market.

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