Ike Taylor retires after 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers
Veteran cornerback Ike Taylor has officially announced his retirement on Tuesday, joining longtime teammate Troy Polamalu, who retired less than a week ago.
Taylor told the team’s website, “Other than having my son, playing for the Steelers has been the best experience in my entire lifetime. It is rare, in this day of free agency that is super rare to play for one team. For me to have this opportunity says a lot about how they felt about me, what I gave back to the organization. I wasn’t cut, I wasn’t released. It was just my contract was up and it was time to retire. If you want to have pride, well that is the kind of pride I have, being able to play my contract out.”
Ike Taylor was selected in the fourth round in the 2003 NFL Draft. Taylor amassed 14 interceptions, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and 517 total tackles over his 12-year career. Taylor also won 2 Super Bowls while he was with the Steelers.
Ike Taylor always was a key contributor to the rock solid defense of the Steelers when they went to their 3 Super Bowls. It was the secondary that allowed the Hall of Fame linebackers to make it to the quarterback and disrupt the plays in the backfield. Taylor’s longtime teammate and former teammate Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark have announced their retirement as well. The Steelers will have to focus on replacing the holes left by Ike Taylor and Troy Polamalu this offseason.