Troy Polamalu Announces Retirement
After 12 seasons in the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has decided to retire from the NFL.
Due to his age (33), injury history, declining play and high cap hit, this move has been speculated ever since the Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs. Pittsburgh was reported to want him to retire, saving them from having to release one of the best players in franchise history.
Last season, he recorded 61 tackles and one forced fumble. The season lacked the big plays that we have come to expect from Polamalu.
Earning a starting job in his second season after being drafted 16th overall in 2003––the result of a rare trade up by the Steelers––he quickly became one of the best defensive players in the NFL.
Over the course of his career, he racked up many accolades including eight Pro Bowl appearances and making five All-Pro teams. He also made the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2000s.
In 2010, Polamalu earned his only NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award. Throughout the 14 games he played, he dominated, recording 63 tackles, seven interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble.
With Pittsburgh, he won two Super Bowls, XL and XLIII. In the first game he recorded five tackles and in the second game he had two tackles. He had three tackles in a Super Bowl XLV loss to the Packers.
His true impact on games can’t be felt by looking at the box score. The game had to be watched.
He will forever be known for his leaps over the offensive line to tackle their quarterback right after the snap.
Polamalu’s lasting legacy will be as one of the most dominant safeties in NFL history, helping bring Pittsburgh two more Super Bowl rings.