It has been a day of suffering blows for the Pittsburgh Steelers today as they have once again been handed some bad news.
It was announced earlier today that their star runningback Le'Veon Bell will face a three match suspension from the NFL.
After being found to have violated the leagues policy on substance abuse, Bell will now miss the first three games of next season which is a big blow to the Steelers.
However now another big name in Pittsburgh has dealt the team a big blow after officially announcing his retirement.
Veteran safety Troy Polamalu announced his decision to end his career late on Thursday night leaving a big hole to fill in Pittsburgh.
The 12 year veteran will now start the clock on his wait to enter the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio as the definitive Pittsburgh Steeler of their recent titles will now call time on a legendary career.
The eight time pro bowl player will now leave the NFL after being viewed as a player who redefined the safety position.
Whilst Steelers fans will be saddened by the news that one of their most valued players is retiring, they can't complain with his decision.
"I did not seriously consider playing elsewhere ... It was just whether or not I wanted to play." - Polamalu on his decision to retire
Polamalu refusing to move to another team is admirable, and while his loyalty will be accepted around Pittsburgh, his reasoning also runs deeper than that.
"I live here in Pittsburgh now, and since the end of the season I've had a chance to enjoy my family on a level I never had before. It was awesome."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was filled with praise for his veteran star claiming that he's a 'once in a generation guy.'
Looking to move forward
The Steelers made it to the play-offs last year but went out at the wild card round to divisional rivals the Baltimore Ravens.
The Steelers were expected to make it past the Ravens last season but fell short at home to their divisional rival.
The Steelers fans have now gone four years without a Super Bowl appearance and they will be hoping that that will change this year.
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