It’s a sad day in Steeler nation. A day we knew would come, but while we are all understanding that Troy hasn’t been as fast or as effective the last few years, it’s hard to say goodbye to such a great player. And a wonderful man.
Always a Steeler. Always one of the greatest to play the game.
My friend Ginny has it right:
With so many off the field issues across the NFL, Troy remained to be one of the classiest, family-oriented human beings to ever step foot on the field. And on top of that, an amazing player.
His stats are ridiculous and should lead to a first ballot HOF place in history.
8 time pro-bowler
2 Super Bowl wins
and 12 sacks.
I remember asking Peyton Manning once how he felt lining up and seeing Troy on the other side – his response: Troy is one of the nicest guys, soft-spoken and so humble, yet plays like a beast.
We have been blessed to have had him on our team for the last 12 years.
A friend of mine was a coach with the Ravens when Troy was in his draft year. He visited the Ravens and they would have loved to have had him. Luckily, they didn’t get him. And no one will ever forget that AFC Championship game pick-6 against the Ravens.
With the number of concussions that Troy has suffered throughout his career, in some ways, I think it’s good that he’s now focused 100% on his family and we’ll all pray that he won’t suffer from the brain injuries caused by repeated concussions. I hate to even think about it, but it’s the reality of the game and the research shows it. We all loved his style of play, but it also meant getting his bell rung a few times. Fearless on the field.
We will all miss him. But I know I am looking forward to the next generation – yes, I am looking at you, Shamarko – living up to his expectations and what he taught those young guys the last couple years.
Love you Troy! Thanks for the memories.