March 6, 2015
BY DEJAN KOVACEVIC
Roundup of a lot of randomness from a lot of time around our teams …
• Troy Polamalu is done, and he knows it.
That’s not a prediction, and it’s anything but a putdown. It’s just the best possible way to summarize years of being around this remarkable individual and paying heed to his own words and actions as related to how he’d someday be forced to walk away from football.
Allow me, please, to piece together the picture:
In June 2011, shortly before the Steelers signed Polamalu to an extension aimed at keeping him in the fold through retirement. I wrote publicly that I was enthusiastically in favor of that extension. But before doing so, I placed a call to Marvin Demoff, Polamalu’s longstanding and highly respected agent, in large part to ask what might happen if his client no longer could perform and, thus, put the Steelers into the terrible position of having to release a legend.