CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Former Virginia football star Heath Miller retired from the NFL on Friday, while UVa and St. Anne's-Belfield alum Chris Long was released by the Los Angeles Rams.

The Rams cut Long after eight seasons with the franchise in St. Louis.

He was the team's first-round selection in 2008, and he has 54.5 sacks in his NFL career.

Long was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in his senior season with the Cavaliers.

He was set to cost the Rams $14.5 million against the salary cap this season.

Miller spent all eleven seasons of his career with the Steelers, where he won two Super Bowls.

He is the franchise's leader in receptions (592), receiving yards (6,569), and touchdowns (45) by a tight end.

Miller is one of only twelve tight ends in league history with more that six-thousand yards receiving.