( 4UMF NEWS ) Troy Polamalu Retires:
Safety Troy Polamalu has reportedly decided to call it a career.
Per Jim Wexell of SteelCityInsider.net, Polamalu informed Steelers chairman Dan Rooney on Thursday evening of his plans to retire.
Polamalu said in an exclusive interview with Wexell that being able to spend time with his family played a role in his decision.
“It’s all about family,” Polamalu said. “I live here in Pittsburgh now, and since the end of the season I’ve had a chance to enjoy my family on a level I never had before. It was awesome.”
Polamalu told Wexell that he never considered playing anywhere other than Pittsburgh.
“I did not seriously consider playing elsewhere,” Polamalu said. “It was just whether or not I wanted to play.”
Polamalu played 12 seasons with the Steelers after being drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft out of USC in 2003. Polamalu made eight Pro Bowl appearances, was a five-time All-Pro, was AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s, is a two-time Super Bowl champion, and is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team.
Polamalu will go down as one of the great defensive backs in the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers and will almost certainly one day become a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Polamalu finishes his career with 770 tackles, 32 interceptions, 14 forced fumbles, 12 sacks, and three touchdowns.
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