With rookie Ryan Shazier on the scene and playing so well, Troy Polamalu might not have to play as much linebacker this year.
But he’s just glad to be back on the field in any capacity now.
The 33-year-old was held out of all live contact in training camp, and didn’t play the preseason opener. After playing every snap last year, he needed that kind of break, but is ready to go now.
“Of course, I appreciate it,” Polamalu said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “God willing, I prepared for that, for sure. I feel good. I’m not going to tell you a lie and be like ‘I’m in the greatest shape of my life.’ In truth, I’m in the best shape that I can be in right now, in my 12th year. Time will tell whether that’s relevant this year.”
“It depends, you know, because my role has changed so much through the years. So, it really all depends on how coach LeBeau wants to use me. It’s evolved, its changed, it’s kind of done everything.”
Polamalu said he had a dream that the Steelers were out of cornerbacks, and he had to play there. That might not be a dream of LeBeau’s, but his willingness to do whatever, and do it well, speaks to his longevity and success.