After the retirement of safety Troy Polamalu, there’s another veteran announced his retirement, he’s cornerback Ike Taylor who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft, spending his whole 12-year NFL career with Steelers.
Ike Taylor made it official on Tuesday, four days after Troy Polamalu announced that he had played his last NFL game. As a fourth-round pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette in the 2003 NFL draft, Taylorfar exceeded expectations as a pro. He served as a starter for the Steelers from 2005 until his retirement and racked up 14 interceptions during that time. Ike Taylor Steelers Jersey. He ends his career with 14 interceptions, 632 tackles, three sacks, four fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. "Other than having my son, playing for the Steelers has been the best experience in my entire lifetime,”Taylor said in a statement on the team's website. “It is rare, in this day of free agency that is super rare to play for one team. For me to have this opportunity says a lot about how they felt about me, what I gave back to the organization.
He also won a pair of Super Bowls and became synonymous with Pittsburgh's dominant defense. Although there is no question that Taylor's play dropped off in recent years as his age advanced, he was still a steady and experienced presence in the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary. “I wasn't cut, I wasn't released. It was just my contract was up and it was time to retire. If you want to have pride, well that is the kind of pride I have, being able to play my contract out.”Taylor was true to his word; 13 months ago predicted that he would retire with the Steelers.
There comes a time when every team is forced to move on from players who led it to glory in the past, and Taylor took the decision out of the Steelers' hands by walking away from the game of football. Pittsburgh Steelers Nike Jersey. Taylor became a free agent last month and says he couldn't envision playing for another team. He is the latest member of a core group that led the team's resurgence over the past decade to leave.