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Steelers Safety Troy Polamalu Retires

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After 12 seasons, one of the best safety’s of the past 20 years is calling it a career.

Steelers Safety Troy Polamalu Retires

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After 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Troy Polamalu announced his retirement from the NFL. 

During his stellar career, Polamalu won two Super Bowls with the Steelers in 2005 and 2008. He was the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. He made the Pro bowl eight times and was First-Team All-Pro four times. He accumulated 581 tackles, 32 interceptions (three returned for touchdowns), 14 forced fumbles (seven fumbles recovered) and 12 sacks.

But those are just numbers. They don't really do justice to what Polamalu did on the field. Polamalu demanded your attention. He made plays he had no business making. His hair bounced and flew behind as he took out receivers and crashed the backfield. He flew over offensive lines and recklessly tackled players far bigger than him. Polamalu was a force in the secondary, and though injuries diminished his productivity towards the end of his career, his competitiveness never waned. Whenever he was on the field, he was giving 100 percent.

Polamalu's inspired play is definitely something the Steelers and the NFL will miss. Enjoy your retirement, and we can't wait to see the frizzy hair they carve out on your Hall of Fame bust.

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