Today news broke that one of the most recognizable faces in the NFL had retired. Twelve year veteran, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has announced his retirement from the NFL. While I was expecting him to retire soon, I wasn’t quite sure it would be this soon. Polamalu quickly became recognized as a force to be reckoned with, that just happened to have the type of hair that was perfect for shampoo commercials. While he gained much of his notoriety in his earlier stages of his career as a fearless safety who was never afraid to use his head, his play noticeably declined in the later years. While his skill became less and less noticeable (although he still showed flashes), we must not forget some of the factors that have cemented his NFL legacy, and his Pittsburgh Steelers legacy. Here are a few accomplishments of one of the NFL’s most recognizable faces of the past decade.
– 8 time NFL Pro Bowler
– 2 time Superbowl Champion (XL, XLIII)
– NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2010)
– 5 time All Pro
While these are just a few of his impressive statistics, this loss goes deeper than performance. Over the past years he has been a fearless leader on the field. His decision may have come as surprise to many fans, and while this may be the case he did what he felt was right. Polamalu spent 12 years in Pittsburgh, but his presence wont soon be forgotten. While the Troy Polamalu era has ended the time has come for the Steelers to find a new defensive leader is upon us.