There was, arguably, no more important defensive player to any one team than Polamalu was to the Steelers in the years 2006-10. But Polamalu’s not the player he once was. His 2011 season was average, at best, and after a career of being the first one in on every tackle, he looked a few steps slower and a lot less intimidating. He’s still a fan favorite and he still has a knack for the big play, but this is simply not the same guy who was leaping over the line of scrimmage and altering games for half a decade. - Peter Schrager
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