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Troy Polamalu | Defensive Back | #43

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 4/19/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 207
College: USC
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (16) / PIT

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Troy Polamalu is retiring from the NFL.
Polamalu said he made the decision so he could spend more time with his family. The Steelers asked Polamalu to retire months ago to avoid the awkwardness of cutting him. The 33-year-old was a remarkable talent, appearing in eight Pro Bowls during his 12-year stay in Pittsburgh. Polamalu won two Super Bowls and was named 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Injuries marred the end of his career, but there's no doubt Polamalu is Canton bound. He was the rare (only?) safety around which a defense was built; Dick LeBeau specifically designed his defense to allow for Polamalu's highly-disruptive freelancing. Shamarko Thomas is the leading in-house candidate to replace Polamalu. Thu, Apr 9, 2015 10:21:00 PM

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The Steelers are still planning to play 2015 without SS Troy Polamalu.

Pittsburgh remains hopeful Polamalu hangs up the cleats and retires so it doesn't have to release him. To this point, however, the 34-year-old has been quiet. Mike Mitchell is expected to move to strong safety with Shamarko Thomas or a rookie taking over next to him. Alabama S Landon Collins is an option.
Wed, Apr 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reports the Steelers are "hoping" SS Troy Polamalu will retire so they won't have to release him.

Polamalu's play has been in a precipitous decline the past few years, and he isn't worth the $8.25 million cap hit. With two years left on his contract, the Steelers want Polamalu to call it a career as a soon-to-be 34-year-old so that they don't have to go through the awkwardness of cutting him. Either way, Polamalu will never play another snap for Pittsburgh. 2013 fourth-round S Shamarko Thomas may be the heir apparent to Polamalu next to FS Mike Mitchell.
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 09:34:00 AM

Troy Polamalu would not rule out retirement following Saturday's Wild Card loss to the Ravens.

Polamalu, who turns 34 in April, has four first-team All-Pro campaigns, one Defensive Player of the Year award and two Super Bowl rings across his 12 NFL seasons. But constant nagging injuries and a decline in speed have sapped his trademark playmaking ability lately. "Time will tell," Polamalu said when asked about retirement. The Steelers may be hoping he hangs it up, as he's owed $6M in 2015 base salary and would cost $4.5M against the cap to cut.
Mon, Jan 5, 2015 08:34:00 AM

Troy Polamalu will start the Steelers' AFC wild-card playoff game against the Ravens on Saturday night.

Polamalu has missed the last two games with a knee injury, but the veteran safety got in full practices on Thursday and Friday. Polamalu is not the player he once was, especially in pass coverage, but he is still a playmaker capable of making a game-changing play.
Sat, Jan 3, 2015 10:10:00 AM

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu is inactive for Sunday night's Week 17 game against the Bengals.

Polamalu was listed as questionable, but will miss his second straight game. He should have a good chance at returning for the playoffs. The rest of the Steelers inactives are CB Ike Taylor, WR Justin Brown, QB Landry Jones, DE Clifton Geathers, OL Chris Hubbard, and TE Michael Palmer.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 07:02:00 PM

Steelers declared SS Troy Polamalu, QB Landry Jones, WR Justin Brown, CB Ike Taylor, TE Matt Spaeth, DE Clifton Geathers and OL Chris Hubbard inactive for Week 16 against the Chiefs.

Polamalu is battling a knee injury, while Taylor has knee, shoulder and arm ailments. Kansas City's Alex Smith is going to have lots of cushions to target on Sunday.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 11:40:00 AM

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (knee) is doubtful for Week 16.

It's a boost to Travis Kelce's matchup. Polamalu has played in 12 games this year, recording 61 tackles, one forced fumble, and one pass deflection.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 01:30:00 PM

SS Troy Polamalu (knee), ILB Ryan Shazier (ankle) and CB Ike Taylor (arm) are all expected to return for Sunday's Week 13 game against the Saints.

It's a much-needed talent infusion for the Steelers as they come out of their bye. Their defensive unit has been getting shredded for much of the year, even struggling to contain the likes of Zach Mettenberger and Michael Vick recently. Polamalu is no longer a dominator at age 33, but he'll add playmaking ability as he comes off his knee sprain. Shazier's sideline-to-sideline speed jumps off the screen and Ike Taylor at least gives veteran experience opposite William Gay. The Steelers are also expected to get OLB Jarvis Jones (wrist) and DL Steve McLendon (shoulder) back shortly.
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 10:32:00 AM

Steelers declared S Troy Polamalu, LB Ryan Shazier, CB Ike Taylor, DL Steve McLendon, and S Shamarko Thomas inactive for Monday night's Week 11 game against the Titans.

All five are injured. Polamalu is expected back after the Week 12 bye.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 07:07:00 PM

The Steelers expect Troy Polamalu (knee) to return in Week 13.

Polamalu has been ruled out for Monday night, but should return following the Steelers' bye. Will Allen started opposite Mike Mitchell last week and should continue to play the majority of snaps.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 06:47:00 PM

Troy Polamalu (knee), Ryan Shazier (ankle) and Ike Taylor (arm) have all been ruled out for Monday night's game at Tennessee.

An already leaky Steelers defense will continue to trudge on without three of their better players. The loss of Polamalu and Shazier is especially concerning, as it saps the unit of both speed and playmaking ability. We saw that on full display in a loss to the Jets Sunday that could have been much worse if Michael Vick kept his foot on the gas.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 12:31:00 PM

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (knee) won't play in Sunday's Week 10 game against the Jets.

Polamalu sprained his knee in Sunday night's win over the Ravens. This will mark the first game the former All-Pro has missed all season, leaving Will Allen to step in.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu left Sunday night's Week 9 game against the Ravens with a sprained knee.

He's been ruled out for the rest of the game. Will Allen is expected to take over for Polamalu at strong safety. With Ryan Shazier also injured, the Steelers are down two starters on defense.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 10:33:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "best guess" is 2014 will be SS Troy Polamalu's final NFL season.

It's an interesting projection after the Steelers signed Polamalu to a new three-year, $20 million contract in March, though that same deal considerably lowered his salary cap number. Polamalu is under contract for 2015 and 2016 at reasonable base salaries of $6 million and $5.75 million. Now 33 years old, Polamalu finished 2013 as a top-five safety per Pro Football Focus.
Fri, May 23, 2014 01:48:00 PM