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.
But with Polamalu calling it a career, it's fun to think about what the selection process for the Pro Football Hall of Fame would be like with two of the era's best safeties debuting on the same ballot.
That can only happen if Reed retires this offseason.