Troy Polamalu has dominated so many players and even teams over the years, but that will stop next year after his decision to retire from the NFL.
It is true that the 33-year-old has not been dominating players and his opposing sides quite like he did in his prime for a few years now, but nonetheless his opponents still remember his scariest days like they were yesterday.
One of those opposing players to still have nightmares about the former defensive MVP of the NFL is Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
Polamalu has tormented Flacco on and off again for the past seven seasons, and in a glowing tribute of his archrival over the years, the Ravens star explained on Sunday how terrifying it was to play against the Steelers legend.
“The only recollections I have of Troy are bad,” Flacco told Peter King of TheMMQB.com, according to ProFootballTalk. “All bad.”
A nightmare to plan against
Flacco went further and delved into how much of a destructible force Polamalu was during his career. Even when the former Steelers star safety wasn't creating havoc, the mere possibility of him doing exactly that forced opponents like Flacco's Ravens to keep an extra close eye on Troy.
“[You need to] Know where he is at all the time — and not just in the passing game. Watch where he is before running plays, because he was a force against the run," Flacco continued.
"Every time we played them, that’s the first thing we talked about, and we ended up talking about it all week.”
Flacco added that one of Polamalu's great traits was his uniqueness and ability to do things no other players could.
"There were times in games — he was the only guy I faced who did this — where he’d turn his back to the play and just sprint to a spot on the field where his football instincts told him the ball was going," added Flacco.
"He’d turn around a couple seconds later when he got close to the spot. Of the guys I played against, Troy was unique."
Troy Polamalu is and was a legend. No doubt about it. Leave your thoughts on his career in the comments section below.
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