View Full Version : Polamalu goes deep

Atlanta Dan
06-10-2012, 07:46 AM
Further evidence that Troy is not the stereotypical NFL player on or off the field

The Steelers finally made their new offensive coordinator available to the media Tuesday. But rather than listen to Todd Haley talk about David Johnsonís blocking technique, I opted for something a little deeper.

OK, a lot deeper.

I opted for a chat with Troy Polamalu....

How does a man maintain his spiritual life amid the trappings of NFL fame and fortune?

ďI donít know if Iím successful at that,Ē Polamalu said. ďBut to me there is no greater arena to culture that. You face so many passions. Youíre fighting ego, pride, avarice. Obviously this business is filled with a lot of temptations. But itís the best place, I feel, to overcome them.Ē

Polamalu has looked closely at the personal struggles of transcendent athletes such as Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, Jim Brown and Muhammad Ali.

ďIt takes a tremendous struggle to try to stay together (as a family) in this sort of environment, especially when you want to be at the peak of it,Ē he said. ďObviously itís a struggle on my family. But my wife (Theodora) is so amazing in how she helps me and just leads our family. Iím so blessed to have that.Ē...

The suicide of fellow Samoan and USC alum Junior Seau, who was a friend, though not a close one: ďThe day after (Seauís death), my family sat down with his mother, his father, his older brother, who he was really close with. We did the traditional Samoan ceremonies, whatís proper after a death. I just felt so sorry for the community that surrounded Junior. But it also should put things in perspective, just to be thankful for what we have.Ē...

The palpable fear that greets him every game day: ďPeople are paralyzed on a football field. People die ... You just never know when itís going to be your last moment. I was the kind of guy who would never talk to my wife on game day. Now Iím the guy whoís like, ĎI love you.í I want my children to know I love them because I donít know whatís going to happen out there. Iím not trying to play the martyr here. I love football. Itís something we choose to do. We all know how much of a gamble it is to play this game.Ē

Polamalu says people often ask how many more years he will play. His customary answer is short, but predictably deep:

ďIíve never thought about the end of my career. Iíve had this growing motto in my life to live day to day ó and when you live day to day, itís hard to talk years.Ē


Amazing guy

06-10-2012, 08:04 AM
The more I read about Troy the more I like him

06-10-2012, 08:57 PM
Now that that's out of the way, the only question now is, will Troy go balls deep?

Hawaii 5-0
06-10-2012, 11:48 PM
does Troy look like he's put on a few pounds to you in this pic?


06-11-2012, 12:37 AM
Just a bad angle, i'm sure. D.L. looks like he's in his twenties :chuckle:

Galax Steeler
06-12-2012, 04:21 AM
I still wouldn't want him chasing my ass.

Fire Arians
06-12-2012, 12:13 PM
Now that that's out of the way, the only question now is, will Troy go balls deep?


Hawaii 5-0
06-26-2012, 01:18 AM

Trivia question: Who was the last Steeler not named Troy Polamalu to wear #43?

Answer: George Jones, a running back from San Diego State who played with the team for one season in 1997.