Troy Polamalu retires after 12 seasons




Troy Polamalu‘s clock to Canton can start now. The definitive Pittsburgh Steeler of the team’s recent titles told the Herald-Standard (Uniontown, Pennsylvania) that he has decided to retire.

“I did not seriously consider playing elsewhere,” Polamalu said in a phone interview with Jim Wexell. “It was just whether or not I wanted to play.”

We can’t say that Polamalu re-defined the safety position because he was one of a kind. It’s not like there are youth coaches out there teaching kids to play like Polamalu because his unique skill set would be impossible to recreate.

An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Polamalu was one of the most dominant safeties in league history during his four seasons as a first-team All-Pro player. He won the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year by mixing big plays, run stopping, well-timed blitzes and a rare instinct for knowing what opposing players would…

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