That’s right, I called Troy Polamalu a legend. In his twelve seasons in the NFL (all with the Steelers) Polamalu was one of the league’s most recognizable players, one the game’s hardest hitters, but above all an eight-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion.
The Steelers announced Friday morning that their Hall of Fame safety is indeed hanging his cleats up leaving their secondary with a gaping hole. Steelers President Art Rooney II had this to say:
“Since we drafted him in 2003, Troy Polamalu has been an outstanding player and person. On behalf of the entire Steelers organization and the Steelers Nation, I am happy to be able to publicly celebrate and thank Troy for his many contributions to the Steelers. His unique style of play will be remembered among the all-time Steelers. His passion for the game of football on the field and his willingness to be a contributor to the community make him a very special person.”
If it weren’t for the dreaded injury bug many believe–myself included–Polamalu could have challenged for the greatest safety ever title. I mean when you do sh*t like this you can’t really argue.
Now Ben Roethlisberger remains the lone soldier from those Super Bowl teams and rival quarterbacks and wide receivers are rejoicing around the league knowing that they are a little safer.