Troy Polamalu is announcing his retirement.
The news doesn't come as a surprise, but it is bittersweet nonetheless.
As a 33-year-old life-long Pittsburgh fan, no one may better personify, to me, what embodies the Steeler defense. For generations before me, those names were greats like "Mean" Joe Greene or Jack Lambert. For what it's worth, when my own children are the age I am now, I will look back on Troy Polamalu and tell them stories like that generation speaks of the Steel Curtain.
Further words from me can't do this news justice. Below are a collection of awesome tweets from others, who have already said what I would simply be repeating, starting with our own:
— SteelCityUnderground (@steelcityundrgr) April 10, 2015
Since Troy Polamalu entered NFL in 2003, he and Charles Woodson are only players with at least 30 INTs, 10 forced fumbles and 10 sacks.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 10, 2015
— EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) April 10, 2015
— Dalmo Chequer Junior (@dalmochequer) April 10, 2015
— Mike Johnson (@PittsburghM1ke) April 10, 2015
— Pro Football HOF (@ProFootballHOF) April 10, 2015
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) April 10, 2015
— Zach Watters (@ZH2OS9) April 10, 2015
Great man, friend. Husband, father, leader, teammate, brother, and just wanted the greatest people to be around. pic.twitter.com/Su6B1SiFbn
— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) April 10, 2015
— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) April 10, 2015