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Old 01-21-2009, 12:34 PM   #1
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Default Troy Polamalu is Orthodox....interview

http://orthodoxmom.blogspot.com/2009...-orthodox.html


Sunday, January 18, 2009
Troy Polamalu is Orthodox!

The following interview took place between Jason Cole, an NFL sports writer for Yahoo! Sports and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Being raised right outside of Cleveland, I was born into a long legacy of die hard Browns fans. So needless to say rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers is....well treason in my family. However, I have to admit that I did say a little prayer (tonight) for Troy and the Steelers after reading this interview. Hey, us Orthodox have to stick together. :) One of our cousins met Troy at St. Anthony's monastery in Arizona and said he was very humble and didn't want anyone to know who he was while he was there. Some of you may have also noticed his lips moving (to the words of the Jesus Prayer) and crossing himself and his fellow teammates.

I think you'll enjoy this interview:

Cole: Do you have a routine you follow on your day off?


Polamalu: We work out together because that's our only day off together. It's a pretty decent workout. She does a lot of running and I do a lot of stretching. Tuesday is also our only opportunity to go to church together, so we do that.



Cole: When and where do you go?


Polamalu: It starts at 8:30 (a.m.). It's the Nativity of the Theotokos monastery (in Saxonburg, Pa.).


Cole: I know you're devoutly Christian (Polamalu has a carefully arranged series of religious items in his locker at Heinz Field), but exactly which denomination?


Polamalu: Greek Orthodox. Theotokos literally means the Mother of God.


Cole: How long are you in services?


Polamalu: They usually go to about 12:30.


Cole: That's a four-hour service. Is that a normal service?


Polamalu: Pretty much, especially at a monastery.


Cole: Can you describe it?


Polamalu: What's really neat about the Orthodox church is that it's like walking back in time 2,000 years to the time of the Apostles, when they created these services. You walk into that and it's really like living it. They have maintained the truth ever since the beginning.


Cole: You're Polynesian. How did you end up at a Greek Orthodox church?


Polamalu: There are different ethnicities, like Russian Orthodox. My wife is Greek. I was a non-denomination Christian before we got married. So we sit around there and meet with our spiritual mother and then we go home, maybe take a nap, work out and then go home and have dinner.


Cole: Who's making dinner?


Polamalu: My wife; I cannot cook at all. I've tried. I'm terrible. When I cook, it's something nobody else would enjoy.


Cole: You only cook specialty things for yourself?


Polamalu: No, it's not that nobody else will make it for me, it's that I'm the only one who is going to enjoy it. I'll look at the other people and say, "Did you like it?" They say, "Noooooooo."


Cole: Do you have any other hobbies or things you do away from the field? Maybe bowling?


Polamalu: No, not really. The single guys go bowl. The guys who are married go home, mostly. I really focus on spending time with my wife.


Cole: How hard is it to get time at home during the season? I know guys like (Miami Dolphins linebacker) Zach Thomas stay at the facility until very late studying film and (Indianapolis Colts quarterback) Peyton Manning is watching film at home.


Polamalu: First of all, I'm a Christian so my prayer life really comes first. Second of all, I'm a husband so my wife comes before anything else. If I have time to do anything else after that, I do it, but I don't sacrifice any time with her.


Cole: A lot of guys do it the other way around. Football comes first. They say family and faith come first, but they really do the football first. How do you reconcile it?


Polamalu: It's really easy for me. I love my faith and I know that's first. . I really think I know what's important in my life and that's my faith and my wife.


Cole: So football is a really focused activity. There's no wasted time, right?


Polamalu: Actually, it's a lot of fun and it's something I enjoy. It's not like when I'm here it's business time and then there's family time. Football is, for me, it's something I do. It's like for you, you're a reporter. It's what you do, not who you are. Football does not define me. How I am with my faith and how I treat my wife is what truly defines you as a man. That is my goal in life to live that way and believe in it. It would be cowardly of me to say that I enjoy my time with my faith and my wife if I really didn't spend that time with them.


Cole: How long have you been married?


Polamalu: Two years now.


Cole: Kids?


Polamalu: God willing, someday. But three dogs counts for one kid, I think.


Cole: Um, no.


Polamalu: Three English bulldogs count for one kid.


Cole: No.


Polamalu:No?


Cole: I have two kids. No.


Polamalu: Come on, it has to count for one kid.


Cole: I respect and admire your beliefs and your stands on many things, but I'm not buying the three dogs-to-one kid ratio.


Polamalu: OK, you win this one.


Cole: Wait till you have a child waking up at 3 a.m., hungry and then he's got colic and he's screaming and you have no idea why.


Polamalu: (laughing) Yeah, it's probably like, "Talk to me, tell me what's wrong. Oh, that's right, you can't talk to me." Yeah, with the dogs it's if they pee in the house you say, "Go to the kennel."


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Old 01-21-2009, 01:05 PM   #2
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Great post, thanks. and GO STEELERS!!
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Wow...makes me feel silly for wanting to get that Steelers tattoo now. "Football does not define me".
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I thought troy's wife just had a baby? in that interview he only mentions the dogs?
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This guy is truly enigmatic, but you've got to love his perspective.

I'm really hoping we win and he gets MVP.
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I thought troy's wife just had a baby? in that interview he only mentions the dogs?
That's true. Must be an old article.
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Could be a bogus interview.
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Old 01-21-2009, 03:09 PM   #8
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That's crazy that they go to that church in Saxonburg....I grew up and lived in Saxonburg until I was 22, and lived about 10 minutes from that church. I wonder where they live that they would be going there? It would be quite a haul for them to be living in Pittsburgh to travel up there church services (as there are a number of Greek Orthodox churches here in the city). Must do further investigation on this!
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I thought troy's wife just had a baby? in that interview he only mentions the dogs?
It's possible I suppose that this could be an older interview that is just being posted recently.
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It's possible I suppose that this could be an older interview that is just being posted recently.
That's what it is an interview done a while ago but just posted recently (Jan. 18th). The title of the link is Orthodoxmom..it is an interview she came across and included in her blog. I just thought people might like to read what Troy had to say about his faith etc...

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