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Troy Polamalu to retire after 12 seasons with the Steelers

Troy Polamalu announced his retirement from the game of football late Wednesday night.

The Pittsburgh Steelers gave the veteran safety two options after the 2014 season: play for a different team or retire. These options seem particularly harsh because of what Polamalu has done for the Steelers over his 12-year career, but Polamalu lost his tenacity and rapidity.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said, “Troy is a shining example of a football man in the way he loved the game, the way he respected the game and the way he played the game. It’s a shining example of the window into who he is. He is a legendary Steeler and a legendary man. I congratulate him and wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”

General manager Kevin Colbert added: “Troy Polamalu was as unique a person as he was a football player. His actions as a human being were just as impressive as any of the many inhuman plays he made on the football field. We were very fortunate to have him be a part of our organization for the past 12 years. We wish him and his family all the best as they move into the next phase of their lives.”

Troy Polamalu was the 16th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Polamalu played in 158 regular-season games and ended his career with 32 interceptions in the regular season. Polamalu may not have had eye-boggling stats, but he was feared for his intimidating play. Polamalu is best known for timing the snap count and Super Man-ing over the offensive line to drop the quarterback.

The Steelers will save the $6 million that Polamalu is owed for 2015 if the retirement papers are filed after June 1.

Troy Polamalu has always been one my favorite Steelers because of the way he played the game. He played with a certain tenacity that made you love to watch him play defense. Polamalu would look like he wasn’t involved in a play, but he would show up and make a play. He made defense fun to watch because of his ability to make a big hit and disrupt plays. I think that Polamalu should be a Hall of Famer because of his play on the field and his humanitarian acts off the field.


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