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Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (sort of) beats Ed Reed to retirement

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (sort of) beats Ed Reed to retirement

Troy Polamalu is not the player he once was, so his retirement late Thursday probably didn't force the reaction from Ravens fans it otherwise might have. The career of the Pittsburgh Steelers safety limped to a quiet finish this past season, during which the eight-time Pro Bowl selection missed four games and did not intercept a pass for just the third time in his 12 years in the NFL. Fans in Baltimore and Pittsburgh long enjoyed arguing about whether Polamalu or the Ravens' Ed Reed was the best safety in the game. Reed had 64 interceptions in 12 seasons (one split between the Houston Texans and New York Jets) while Polamalu had 32. Polamalu held a significant hair advantage....

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