Now the hottest topic in the Pittsburgh Steelers might be the retirement of their veteran safety Troy Polamalu, who was selected to eight Pro Bowls and was a five-time All-Pro.

Polamalu played his entire career with the Steelers after they selected him with the 16th overall pick in the 2003 draft. He was selected to eight Pro Bowls and was a five-time All-Pro, the last coming in 2011. "Since we drafted him in 2003, Troy Polamalu has been an outstanding player and person," said Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II on Friday. Troy Polamalu Steelers Jersey. "On behalf of the entire Steelers organization and the Steelers Nation, I am happy to be able to publicly celebrate and thankTroy for his many contributions to the 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."

The 33-year-old Polamalu helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls and finished with 32 interceptions, 14 forced fumbles, 12 sacks and five defensive touchdowns. Polamalu has been a cornerstone for the Pittsburgh Steelers for a decade, but in recent years had been increasingly injury prone and had lost a step. Le’Veon Bell Steelers Jersey. The same could be said for the entire Steelers defense, which has struggled in spots of late. But the team had its best season in a few years in 2014, compiling a strong record and marching into the playoffs before ultimately losing to the longtime rival Ravens.

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Now the Pittsburgh Steelers face replacing their defensive coordinator and defensive team leader in one shot. Keith Butler takes over the coordinator job, and had been the team’s linebackers coach for some time, meaning that despite all the changes there will be a degree of continuity in place. This all comes even as LeVeon Bell emerges as one of the top running backs in the league but also faces a four game suspension in 2015 for illegal substances. “Troy is a shining example of a football man in the way he loved the game, the way he respected the game and the way he played the game,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “It’s a shining example of the window into who he is. He is a legendary Steeler and a legendary man.”