Source: Steelers S Troy Polamalu Will Again Attend First OTA Session Next Week

Every year, when the first OTA session of the off-season is about to begin, fans always wonder if Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will be in attendance or if he will choose instead to stay back in California and train on his own.

According to a source, Polamalu will again be in Pittsburgh next week for the first organized team activity that begins on Tuesday, just as he was last year at this time.

Last year when Polamalu showed up for the first OTA session of the 2012 offseason, he said that him being in attendance was “for obvious reason.”

“We had a lot of our major leadership leave, people that we count on,” Polamalu said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I think it\’s nice for the younger guys to see a familiar face, and, honestly, to get myself better.”

Polamalu, who turned 32 years-old in April, missed nine games last season due to an injured calf after playing in all 16 games in 2011. With linebacker James Harrison and nose tackle Casey Hampton no longer around, Polamalu now becomes the fifth oldest defensive player on the roster behind Brett Keisel, Ryan Clark, Ike Taylor and Larry Foote.

The Steelers potentially drafted the heir apparent to Polamalu last month in the 2013 NFL Draft when they selected Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas in the fourth round. That being said, Polamalu is still under contract through the 2014 season and has not hinted any at being close to wanting to retire.

  • Stephen Dale

    it would be great for Polamalu to have an injury-free season and get in all 16 games.

  • dgh57

    Man, after last season what I wouldn’t give to see Troy play all 16 games!! It would provide a BIG lift to his defense!!!!

  • Troy played in all 16 games in 2011. Seems like fans think he has never done that lol. He does get hurt a lot yes but he has recently played in all 16 games. hope he does it again this year.

  • steeltown

    I like it.. not just because he has been slowed by injury and should be out to prove some naysayers wrong, but because I would hope he takes Shamarko under his wing early on and lets him pick his brain

  • Mike Sweeney

    It’s great, to see Troy coming here. Shows what kind of character, the most dangerous safety in the league, brings to the table. A shredded calf muscle is hard to recover from, let alone playing on it. The criticism and bashing he took last season, was harsh.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Opposing offenses scheme completely different based on whether Troy is playing or not. 1 or 2 more complete seasons from Troy can make a world of difference to our transitioning defense. I think Clark plays better with Troy in the lineup as well. Fingers and toes crossed for an injury free season.

  • Edward Nestor

    Troy’s playing and showing up for another big contract.

  • kakello34

    Its time to start enjoying watching Troy even more than before because he’s been around so long you kind of take it for granted but he is much closer to the end than the beginning.

  • I love the fact that Troy is doing this again. He knows what the organization and fan base expect from the aging veterans and how to lead by example. I know he and S. Thomas will have a great relationship.

  • Agreed.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Polo is the kinda guy who if he thinks he cannot play at a high level will retire. I believe he has 1 to 2 years left.

  • disqus_wdLdx4W76r

    The Defense was just fine without him..I think he’s a situational player now..He’s lost more then a step..and his ball skills have slippd. What made him great was his ability to gamble and recover in time to make a play. Love um but its almost time to hang it up