Troy Polamalu says he will attend the Steelers’ first game of the season since his retirementتقاعد

Troy Polamalu withdrew from Heinz Field for the last time as a player on January 3, 2015. The eight-time Pro Bowler and the soon-to-be Hall of Fame Salameh did not return to Heinz Field for two years. Steelers The game is in the years since it ended as a member of the franchise.

However, that will change in 2021, as Polamalu confirmed to Steel City Insider’s Jim Wexell that he plans to return to Heinz Field this fall. Specifically, Polamalu plans to be present at the Hall of Honor induction ceremony. Polamalu is part of the 2020 Steelers class that also includes former teammate James Farrier, linebacker Greg Lloyd, safety Mike Wagner and linebacker Dwight White.

“God willing, this season, my family and I will be able to return to Pittsburgh, for at least two games,” Polamalu said during a virtual media session on Wednesday.

One of five former Steelers to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, Polamalu was a fan favorite during his twelve seasons with the Steelers. After a tumultuous rookie season, Bulamalu became a full-time player during the junior season in 2004. It was a standout year for both Bulamalu and the Steelers, who scored 15-1 during the regular season on their way to an appearance in the AFC Championship. Along with Polamalu, the Steelers had another notable first-year rookie quarterback at the time Ben Roethlisberger.

“It legitimized the fact that we could play with the big guys,” Polamalu said of the Steelers 6-10 last season. “In the middle of the season, we beat two undefeated teams, Philadelphia and New England (the two teams that would eventually face each other that year). Energy). … Philadelphia, if I remember correctly, had Terrell Owens, who was extremely talented, and Donovan McNab. Everyone obviously knows that Tom Brady He’s a very good midfielder too (laughs) we lost to him (in the Asian Championship match). That year was a very important year because we [realized] We were good enough to play with everyone.”

The 04 season was a springboard for bigger things for Bulamalo and his teammates. 2005 Steelers became the first sixth seed to win the Super Bowl. Three years later, the 2008 Steelers set several defensive records while helping Pittsburgh win their sixth Vince Lombardi Cup. In 2010, Polamalu was named Defensive Player of the Year while helping the Steelers make a third trip to the Super Bowl over six years.

Polamalo, who will be introduced in Canton, Ohio, by former defensive coordinator (and fellow Hall of Fame quarterback) Dick Lebow, said he retired at the “best time” after the 2014 season. The same can be said of his decision to return to Heinz Field This fall, he will undoubtedly receive a standing ovation from Steelers fans.

“Pittsburgh is home to me,” Polamalu said. “It was one of the most important places in my life. It’s where I grew up. It’s where my wife and I got married. It’s where I learned about spirituality….I don’t feel so much connected as a champion of a sports city as I was just another member of the community.” over there “.

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