Pittsburg Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has announced that he is retiring from the NFL after playing for 12 years.  He told his decision to the Herald-Standard of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

Polamalu still had two years left in his contract with the Steelers and he says that spending more time with his family influenced his decision.

"Since the end of the season I've had a chance to enjoy my family on a level that I never had before. It was awesome." 

It's a given that Polamalu will one day be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He  had a great career. He had 32 interceptions, tied for seventh-most in franchise history. He returned three of the interceptions for touchdowns, recovered seven fumbles and collected a dozen sacks, was an eight-time Pro Bowler and the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.