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Long-time Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ike Taylor will retire after a 12-year career that included 174 games played over his career.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that the Steelers CB is retiring after missing 11 games in 2014 – the most games he’s ever missed in any year in his career.
Steelers CB Ike Taylor retiring, just as longtime teammate Troy Polamalu did last week. No surprise in either case but Pitt losing linchpins
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2015
Ike Taylor was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 4th round of the 2003 NFL draft and became the starting CB for the team in 2005. That year the Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. From 2005 to 2013, Taylor played in 140 out of 144 games, recording 13 INTs and over 570 tackles.
In 2008 the Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII in a win over the Arizona Cardinals. Two years later they appeared in Super Bowl XLV in a loss to the Green Bay Packers.
For his career, Taylor recorded 14 INTs, 133 passes defended, five fumble recoveries and over 630 tackles.
Taylor’s retirement comes the weekend after veteran safety Troy Polamalu announced his retirement. Polamalu was also drafted in the 2003 NFL draft, but he was taken 16th overall in the 1st round.