Troy Polamalu will retire from the NFL after 12 seasons, having spent all of them with the Pittsburgh Steelers rather than latching on somewhere else.
The Steelers waited to make a decision on Polamalu in the hopes that he would retire, rather than having to release the franchise star. Polamalu says his family was the only factor involved in his decision, yet you have to think that part of Polamalu’s reason is the reluctance the Steelers showed in wanting him back.
Polamalu, 34, started 12 games last season while missing four due to injury. He didn’t record a sack or interception, a clear sign that his skills were eroding.
He was an eight-time Pro Bowler and finished with 34 career interceptions, good for 7th-most in franchise history. Polamalu was named 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.