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Most Memorable Moments During Polamalu/Taylor Era in Pittsburgh

April 14, 2015 • Ben Heck • AFC, AFC North, Features, Front Page, Lists, Pittsburgh Steelers, Retirements

Last week it was future Hall of Fame strong safety Troy Polamalu announcing his retirement from the National Football League. And now, today, Polamalu’s long-time teammate Ike Taylor has announced that he’ll be hanging up his cleats as well.

The 34-year old cornerback came into the league back in 2003 with Polamalu, being selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (three rounds after Polamalu was taken off the board by PIT). The two defensive backs spent 12 seasons together, anchoring Dick LeBeau’s strong defensive unit for over a decade, and helping the team capture two Super Bowl victories in three appearances.

Combined stats/accomplishments of Troy and Ike: 1,406 combined tackles, 15.0 sacks, 46 interceptions, 16 FF, 4 TDs.

Here are some of the biggest Troy Polamalu and/or Ike Taylor moments from 2003-14 (in no particular order):

Polamalu: one-handed INT vs. Tennessee

Taylor: 24-yard INT return in Super Bowl vs. Seattle

Polamalu: diving INT vs. San Diego

Taylor: Knocks Dolphins QB Pat White out of game

Taylor: forced-fumble vs. Mark Sanchez and Jets in AFC Championship

Polamalu: Basically any of the numerous times he jumped over the offensive line at the snap of the ball

Polamalu: Game-Sealing Interception TD in AFC Championship

Polamalu: Strip-Sack of Baltimore QB Joe Flacco

Polamalu: Diving INT vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Polamalu: INT TD vs. Carson Palmer and Cincinnati Bengals (Troy’s former roommate at USC)

Polamalu: Fumble Return TD vs. Brett Favre and Green Bay Packers

 

Obviously most of these highlight-reel plays belong to SS Troy Polamalu, but that doesn’t mean Taylor wasn’t an integral part of Pittsburgh’s defensive unit throughout his 12 seasons. He, in fact, was one of the most consistent performers in the secondary over that span, and shutdown top-tier receivers on a weekly basis during the prime of his career.

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