During his surprise appearance at this week's OTAs, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu acknowledged that he thinks about the end of his career "all the time", Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Thursday.
"People have asked me how many years do you think you can play?" Polamalu said. "My reaction is always, when you live day to day, it's hard to talk years. It's always been my mantra in life, whether it was my first year as a rookie or year 10, I just live day to day."
Polamalu usually works out on his own during the offseason, but he's committed to participating in voluntary workouts after the Steelers either released or lost several veterans to retirement. The soft-spoken Polamalu prefers to lead by example, with inside linebacker Larry Foote taking the vocal role once occupied by James Farrior, who is contemplating his own retirement following his release for salary cap purposes.
"You hate to put that kind of load on Larry," Polamalu said last week. "You can't say that even James Farrior was going to be exactly the same kind of leader Joey (Porter) was. And he wasn't. I'm sure Larry can be a leader on this defense, but he won't be the exact leader that James Farrior was, for sure."