After 12 seasons in the NFL, one of the best defensive players to ever lace up a pair of cleats has announced his retirement. Former Pittsburg Steeler Troy Polamalu is calling it quits after 12 great seasons at Heinz Field. Polamalu played 158 games with the Steelers and he started in 142 of those games.
According to Steelers.com,
Polamalu’s career totals include 12.0 sacks, 32 interceptions, 13 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries during the regular season, and his postseason numbers include one half-sack and three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
In 2014, Polamalu was named a defensive team captain. He started 12 games during the regular season, where he recorded 59 tackles, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Polamalu also started the lone postseason contest, finishing with a team-best eight tackles.
He is tied for the second-most defensive touchdowns during the regular season in franchise history (5), is tied for seventh on the team’s all-time interceptions list (32) and is ninth on the team’s all-time interception returns yards list (398).
Troy Polamalu will not only be missed in the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room, it will be strange watching another player playing safety for the Steelers and his big plays not being on Sportscenter for sometime. One thing that is for sure, five years from now, Polamalu will be a first ballet hall of famer.
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