Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has retired, the team announced Friday.
Polamalu played 12 seasons for the Steelers (2003-2014). He is an eight-time Pro Bowler (2004-08, 2010-11, '13), and has been named first-team AP All Pro four times (2005, 2008, 2010-11) and second team two times (2004, 2007).
New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis played his first four years in the NFL with the Steelers and Polamalu. Lewis posted a message on his Instagram account (@BallLike28) Friday morning dedicated to his former teammate:
"The game will miss one of the best safeties to ever play the game," Lewis posted. "This is a guy who took me under his wing since Day 1. He taught me how to be a man, a professional and a teammate. Congratulations Troy Polamalu on a stellar career. When he goes to Canton, Ohio to give that speech, I will be there. Love you 43."
Saints safety Jairus Byrd tweeted this about Polamalu: "God bless @tpolamalu on the next phase of life. He redefined the safety position. Truly one of the greatest players on and off the field."
Keenan Lewis hosts Kids at Louisiana Children's Museum. Photos by Alex Restrepo. (New Orleans Saints photos)