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About-face: Navy’s Polamalu reverses course on retirement

Maika Polamalu

In the middle of last week it was reported that Maika Polamalu had been forced to retire from the game of football for undisclosed medical reasons. Nearly a week later? Forget about it. Pretend like it never happened.

Monday, Polamalu,the cousin of Pittsburgh Steeler great Troy Polamalu, surprised most observers by returning to and participating in practice. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo said the player underwent several tests during his brief time away from the team, which led to his return.

“Everything medically was cleared so Maika decided to come back and we’re happy that he’s back,” Niumatalolo said according to the Capital Gazette.

After beginning his Navy career as a fullback — he played in nine games at that position in 2012, scoring on a 21-yard touchdown run as part of his 39 yards rushing — he moved to linebacker the following year. In 2013, however, he played in just four games before making a significant push for the starting job beginning in the spring.

Entering summer camp, Polamalu was the favorite to win one of the Midshipmen’s starting linebacker jobs.

(Photo credit: Navy athletics)

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