Whereas it appears identical to yesterday that the Pittsburgh Steelers chosen security Troy Polamalu within the first spherical of the 2003 NFL Draft out of USC, on Monday he turned 40 years of age.
Polamalu can be inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame as a member of the 2020 class this summer season. He’s being remembered for his nice taking part in profession with the Steelers on social media on Monday, as a result of it’s his birthday.
Polamalu’s former Steelers teammate, defensive finish Brett Keisel, even took to Twitter on Monday to say he needs he may give the Steelers’ former security a giant birthday hug like he did after a pictured game-clinching play in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens. Then Keisel wished Polamalu a contented birthday.
Polamalu retired in April of 2015 after taking part in 12 seasons with the Steelers. He performed in 158 regular-season video games for the Steelers, and in addition appeared in 15 playoff video games and three Tremendous Bowls. Throughout that span, Polamalu was an All-Professional 5 occasions and made eight Professional Bowls.
Polamalu, voted the AP NFL Defensive Participant of the Yr in 2010, recorded 770 regular-season whole tackles and 32 interceptions throughout his lengthy profession in Pittsburgh. He additionally returned three regular-season interceptions and two fumbles for touchdowns. He had three profession playoff interceptions to his credit score. And a kind of, which he returned 40 yards for a landing, got here within the fourth quarter of the 2009 playoff sport win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Polamalu missed 4 video games in his ultimate season attributable to a knee harm. A calf harm in 2012 additionally restricted him to taking part in in seven video games that 12 months. The 2014 season was the primary that Polamalu didn’t file an interception since 2007. He nonetheless, nonetheless, recorded 61 whole tackles and compelled one fumble.