After 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, strong safety Troy Polamalu has reportedly announced his retirement from the National Football League.
Polamalu, 33, spent his entire 12-year career with the Steelers after being selected with the 16th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. The former USC Trojans alum made eight Pro Bowls and four First Team All-Pro squads.
Despite battling numerous injuries and missing 26 starts over his final six seasons, Polamalu turned in one of the most impressive careers from a SS during his era and is arguably one of the best safeties in Pittsburgh’s franchise history. Over his 142 career starts, Polamalu hangs up his cleats with 778 combined tackles, 12.0 sacks, 32 interceptions, 108 passes defensed, 14 forced fumbles and five total defensive touchdowns (according to Pro-Football Reference).
The 2010 AP Defensive Player of the Year is both a member of the all-time Pittsburgh Steelers squad and of the NFL’s All-2000s Decade Team.
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