There’s a bit of buzz going around that former Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu has been nursing a chip on his shoulder for some time now, which is why he has been avoiding any contact with the Pittsburgh organization. Of course, this has everything to do with his rather unceremonious exit from the game, and the team he loved most.
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There’s a story behind it all. According to reports, Polamalu was forced to retire early, “otherwise he would have been had to let go of.”
Being drafted in 2003, he retired in 2014, covering a total of 11 seasons. By NFL standards, the average number of active years for a football player is six years. So with Polamalu’s tenure, he’s had a relatively full career.
However, with Polamalu’s athletic pedigree, this might be a tad too thin. He used to be hailed as Pittsburgh’s top defensive ace, and he had awards to back the label. It doesn’t take a lot of smarts to understand how a player like him, who still had a lot of juice in him at the time, would easily accept Pittsburgh’s decision. On his part, he really wanted to play for the Steelers, and he was ready for another season in 2015. The fact is, it didn’t happen, and up to now, the guy is nursing a broken heart over it.
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Troy Polamalu’s heartbreak is that of every athlete who made it big once upon a time, became probably the only one in the game who could do what he did, but as fate would have it, had to slow down to a full stop. There’s a lesson here that no matter how glorious the moment is, it is all but fleeting.