Steelers safety Troy Polamalu retiring
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Troy Polamalu's iconic football career is over.
The eight-time Pro Bowl safety told the Uniontown Herald-Standard he informed Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney on Thursday night he will retire rather than return for a 13th season.
The 33-year-old Polamalu had two years remaining on his contract but saw his play dip significantly from his prime, which peaked when he was named the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Polamalu was limited to 12 games in 2014 due to a leg injury.
Polamalu told the newspaper he realized maybe it was time to go when he started debating whether he could make the commitment necessary to play another season. The newspaper reported the Steelers asked Polamalu to retire in February but he did not make a decision until this week.