Despite missing 9 games in 2012, Polamalu was able to regain his old form and go back to being his usual self in 2013.
While there were a few bad moments from Troys 2013 campaign, as there was from EVERYONE else he appeared to be back to his old form earning his 8th trip to the Pro Bowl and a spot on NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2014. He set a career high with 5 FFs and intercepted 2 passes, taking one back for a TD for the 3rd time in his career. It was yet another nice campaign by him and his peers thought so as well voting him as the 61st best player in the NFL, surprisingly finishing 4 spots ahead of Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl Safety Kam Chancellor. Polamalu jumped up 30 spots from his ranking last year, but it wasn't his highest on the list as he finished 6th the year he was Defensive Player of The Year.
He is the 1st Steeler to appear in the Top 100 and certainly won't be the last. Ben Roethlisberger (61st last year) will almost certainly appear on this list somewhere and Antonio Brown could be finish close to the top 10 given the season he had. Check it out here http://www.nfl.com/top100/2014. Some pretty good commentary by Ike Taylor to say the least