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08:03 AM ET 05.24 | Guess who showed up somewhat unexpectedly. Troy Polamalu often doesn't show up for these things, yet he surprised many with an appearance Tuesday at the Steelers' first spring practice, or organized team activity. He pledged to do so for the remainder of them, right through the June 12-14 required minicamp. After all, he won't have many more springs to take advantage of them. At 31, Polamalu is now an elder on a defense that quickly turned younger when the Turk knocked on several veterans' doors early this year. [In Baltimore, Ed Reed] said he's "not 100 percent committed" to playing this year. Polamalu says he is committed to playing, but he cannot say for how long. He said he thinks about the end "all the time."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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May 24, 2012  08:07 AM ET

As one of those hard-hitting, physical guys, you have to wonder how many concussions and sub-concussions he's given himself. This is something that has to be playing with the minds of a lot of veterans these days.

RIP, Junior Seau. Your untimely passing may save others from the same fate.

May 24, 2012  08:07 AM ET

It's near buddy.

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May 24, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Hang around long enough to get one more ring Troy

May 24, 2012  08:27 AM ET

I guarantee he plays another 4 years , he ain't quitting

May 24, 2012  08:34 AM ET

Troy is as tough as they come. Ed Reed is a diva about whether or not he'll retire and how concerned he is about his health, but when Troy says he's thinking of retiring, the man is seriously thinking of retiring.

May 24, 2012  08:36 AM ET
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As one of those hard-hitting, physical guys, you have to wonder how many concussions and sub-concussions he's given himself. This is something that has to be playing with the minds of a lot of veterans these days.RIP, Junior Seau. Your untimely passing may save others from the same fate.

Agreed. One of the great ones and a class act as well.

Regarding Ed Reed, I think he's a phenom but can't stand a player saying "not committed". Regardless of health, you can be mentally committed. Reminiscent of Favre.

May 24, 2012  08:37 AM ET
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Hang around long enough to get one more ring Troy

At least!!!!!

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May 24, 2012  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I guarantee he plays another 4 years , he ain't quitting

Nice Avatar Brawler!!!!!

May 24, 2012  08:56 AM ET

And the Steelers, quietly and efficiently, turn their roster over and remain a quality team.

May 24, 2012  09:03 AM ET
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As a Pats fan I HATE the Steelers, but dammit do I respect ole Troy.

As a football fan from New England, I love my Pats, but I will respect any team that puts a quality product on the field year after year. We play the Steelers almost every year, and it's a great rivalry because they always come to play. Contrast that to our more local rivalry. The Jets Suck!

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May 24, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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And the Steelers, quietly and efficiently, turn their roster over and remain a quality team.

We'll see if that's the case this coming season. I still think they are getting older vice younger.

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May 24, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Troy will do the right thing for the team and himself, you can count on that.

 
May 24, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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We'll see if that's the case this coming season. I still think they are getting older vice younger.

You want that mix. The worst thing you can do is be all young or all old. Teams that keep and start most of their draft picks are the lousy teams.

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