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Encyclopedia > Troy Polamalu
Troy Polamalu
Pittsburgh SteelersNo. 43
Strong Safety
Date of Birth: April 19, 1981 (1981-04-19) (age 26)
Place of Birth: Garden Grove, California Flag of the United States
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
National Football League Debut
2003 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career Highlights and Awards

1 Super Bowl ring
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Career History
College: USC
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
 Teams:
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Troy Aumua Polamalu (born Troy Benjamin Aumua on April 19, 1981 in Garden Grove, California) is an American football player who plays strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. He is of Samoan descent. Despite Polamalu's hard-hitting style on the gridiron, he is known off-the-field as a soft-spoken, Christian family man,[1] specifically a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church.[2] This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan located in the center of University of Southern California campus. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 2003 NFL Draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players, took place on April 26 and April 27, 2003. ... “Steelers” redirects here. ... is the 109th day of the year (110th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove Garden Grove is a city centrally located in northern Orange County, California, United States. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... In American football and Canadian football, defensive backs are the players on the defensive team who take positions somewhat back from the line of scrimmage; they are distinguished from the defensive line players, who take positions directly behind the line of scrimmage. ... “Steelers” redirects here. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Coptic Orthodox Pope · Roman Catholic Pope Archbishop of Canterbury · Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Faith...

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Early years

Troy attended Douglas High School in Winston, Oregon, where he was a three-sport letterman in: baseball, basketball, and football. He played football for four years as a running back and defensive back. As a senior, he was an All-Far West selection in football, and an All-State center fielder in baseball; in basketball, he was a two-time all-league player. Winston is a city in Douglas County, Oregon, United States. ... This article is about the sport. ... This article is about the sport. ... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ...


College career

In his career as a 3-year starter at the University of Southern California, Polamalu recorded 278 tackles (29 for losses), 6 interceptions (3 returned for TDs), 13 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries and 4 blocked punts. He was also a roommate to current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer. The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan located in the center of University of Southern California campus. ... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Carson Palmer (born December 27, 1979 in Fresno, California) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Cincinnati Bengals franchise. ...


NFL career

NFL Draft 2003

Polamalu was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers 16th overall in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. The Chargers, who had the 15th overall pick, had a major need at safety to replace the departed Rodney Harrison but instead chose to go with quantity over quality forgoing the opportunity to select Troy by trading down and getting Sammy Davis and Terrence Kiel. The Steelers, ecstatic that Polamalu slid past the Chargers, quickly made a move to bring Polamalu to their team. The Steelers believed so much that Polamalu could have a positive impact on their defense that they traded up from the 27th spot to the 16th spot, originally held by the Chiefs. The Steelers traded away the 92nd and 200th overall pick for the rights to switch first round picks and select Troy Polamalu. Essentially the trade was Polamalu for Larry Johnson, Julian Battle and Brooks Bollinger (Bollinger was subsequently traded to the Jets in the same draft). He has the distinction of being the only safety ever drafted by the Steelers in the first round.[3] “Pittsburgh” redirects here. ... The 2003 NFL Draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players, took place on April 26 and April 27, 2003. ... Rodney Scott Harrison (born December 15, 1972 in Markham, Illinois) is an American football safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Sammy Davis, Jr. ... Terrence Kiel (born November 24, 1980) is an American football safety, currently a free agent, Prior to this, he attended Texas A&M University. ... Larry Alphonso Johnson, Jr. ... Julian Battle (born July 11, 1981 in Royal Palm Beach, Florida) is an American football player who currently plays cornerback, but is on injury reserve, for the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Brooks Montana Bollinger (born November 15, 1979 in Grand Forks, North Dakota) is a quarterback for the NFLs Minnesota Vikings. ...


In the last game of his college career against Iowa in the Orange bowl, Polamalu injured his hamstring in pre-game warm-ups and was not able to play in the game. Subsequently, the hamstring caused Polamalu to miss the Senior Bowl and 2003 NFL Combine as well.[4] Polamalu was able to perform for scouts at his USC pro day. The Senior Bowl is an all-star college football exhibition game usually played either at or towards the end of the college football season in January. ... The National Invitational Camp or NFL Combine, as it is more widely known, is a week-long showcase, occurring every February in Indianapolis, Indianas RCA Dome, where college football players perform physical and mental tests in front of NFL coaches, general managers and scouts. ...

Pre-draft measureables
Wt 40y 20ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
206 lb 4.35s 4.06s 6.75s 43 1/2" 25[5] 24*[6]
(* represents NFL Combine)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Polamalu (#43) is currently in his fourth season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is the first team starting strong safety. He is easily recognized when playing due to the large mane of curly hair flowing out of his helmet and past his shoulders. Polamalu is considered to be one of the more cerebral players in the NFL and is becoming the new face of the Steelers' defense. The 40-yard dash, also simply called the 40, is a sprint covering 40 yards (36. ... The 20-yard shuttle, also simply called the short shuttle, is a test performed by American football athletes at the NFL combine. ... The 3 cone drill, or three cone drill, is a test performed by American football athletes at the NFL combine. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A soldier performs a bench press The bench press is a form of weightlifting which primarily focuses on the development of the pectoralis major muscle as well as other supporting muscles. ... The Wonderlic Personnel Test (often referred to as Wunderlich) is an intelligence test primarily known for being administered to prospective players in the National Football League since the 1970s. ... The National Invitational Camp or NFL Combine, as it is more widely known, is a week-long showcase, occurring every February in Indianapolis, Indianas RCA Dome, where college football players perform physical and mental tests in front of NFL coaches, general managers and scouts. ... “Steelers” redirects here. ...


In the CBS Playoffs Pre-game Show, Polamalu said the last time he had gotten a haircut was when he was at USC in 2000[1] when a coach told him he needed one. Polamalu has not received a haircut since. In pre-colonial Samoan culture, it is customary for men to wear their hair long. The hair was the center of talk around a tackle on October 15, 2006. After an interception where Polamalu looked poised for a touchdown return, Chiefs RB Larry Johnson pulled him down by his hair in order to tackle him and then pulled him up by it. Commentators correctly pointed out that pulling hair is legal and doesn't constitute unnecessary-roughness; Johnson was, however, penalized for a late hit out of bounds. Larry Alphonso Johnson, Jr. ...


Polamalu's blend of speed, anticipation, and instinct makes him a standout player who seems to be involved in almost every defensive play. The Steelers often use Polamalu in different packages. He may blitz the quarterback, come on a delayed blitz, or pretends to blitz and drop back into coverage, confusing the quarterback. Polamalu often adds to the quarterback's confusion by turning around and walking away from the line of scrimmage before the snap. In only his 3rd season (2006), he tied the NFL record for most sacks, 3, in a single game by a safety. The 2007 Pro Bowl was his third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance; he started at safety for the AFC, playing next to the Baltimore Raven's starting free safety Ed Reed. The rivalry they share based on their teams divisional rivalry was evident, as the two battled for possession of an overthrown halfback pass from former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber; Reed came down with the interception. He also made the AP NFL All-Pro Second Team in 2005, followed by being named to the First Team in 2006. In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot The Ravens: Edgar, Allan, & Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore... For other persons of the same name, see Edward Reed. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... Atiim Kiambu Hakeem-ah Tiki Barber (born April 7, 1975 in Roanoke, Virginia) is a news and sports broadcaster, author, and former American football running back for the New York Giants. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ...


Polamalu became part of the 2005 controversy over the quality of NFL officiating during the divisional playoff game between the Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts. Polamalu intercepted a pass, rolled to the ground, then fumbled the ball while getting up. The play was initially ruled an interception and fumble, but after viewing the instant replay, referee Pete Morelli ruled the play an incomplete pass. His rationale was that Polamalu did not make a "football move" after intercepting the pass but before fumbling the ball, and therefore did not demonstrate possession of the ball. The NFL later released a statement saying that Morelli's interpretation was incorrect, and that the interception should have been upheld. City Indianapolis, Indiana Other nicknames The Horseshoes Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970... Pete Morelli Pete Morelli (born 1952) is a National Football League referee, who wears the number 135. ...


His first Super Bowl appearance was in Super Bowl XL in 2006, when the Pittsburgh Steelers gained the franchise's fifth Super Bowl with a 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Date February 5, 2006 Stadium Ford Field City Detroit, Michigan MVP Hines Ward, wide receiver Favorite Steelers by 4 National anthem Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia Coin toss Tom Brady Referee Bill Leavy Halftime show The Rolling Stones Attendance 68,206 TV in... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976...


In week 12 of the 2006 NFL season at the Baltimore Ravens, Polamalu suffered a knee injury that caused him to miss the first two games of his professional career. The Steelers lost the game, 27-0. The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot The Ravens: Edgar, Allan, & Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore...


On July 23, 2007, before training camp, the Steelers gave Polamalu the biggest contract in team history extending him through 2011. In an article on ESPN.com, Polamalu says, "I didn't want to be a player who is jumping from team to team. I've always felt comfortable here, I think this organization, this tradition they have here, is very legendary and I always wanted to be part of this." The 4-year contract extension, worth just over $30 million with about $15 million in guarantees, makes Polamalu one of the highest paid defensive backs in the league and the highest paid safety in the league.[7]

Faith

Polamalu is an Eastern Orthodox Christian, having converted through the influence of his wife Theodora, who is of Greek descent. Among his spiritual activities is a pilgrimage to Greek Orthodox sites in Greece and Turkey, taken in 2007.[2] He seldom gives interviews, but when he does, he often speaks of the role his spirituality plays in his life. Polamalu has said that he tries to separate himself from his profession as much as possible, like not watching football games at home. He says a prayer after each play and also on the sidelines. Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Coptic Orthodox Pope · Roman Catholic Pope Archbishop of Canterbury · Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Faith... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ...

Trivia

  • In 2005, Pittsburgh area band Mr. Devious wrote and recorded the novelty song Puhlahmahlu, a parody of the song Mah Nà Mah Nà. Guitarist Glenn Shirey said that the song was inspired by a Fox Sports announcer's mispronunciation of Polamalu's name.[8]
  • Polamalu is featured on the cover of the Scholastic children's book National Football League Megastars which profiles Polamalu and 14 other NFL stars.
  • Polamalu has garnered several nicknames; a couple being "The Tazmanian Devil" or "Taz" "The Flying Hawaiian," and "The Samoan Headhunter".
  • Polamalu sat with Joe Hardy at the billionaire's 84th birthday party on January 6, 2007. [1]
  • In January, 2007, he petitioned to change his legal name to his mother's maiden name (Polamalu), which he had been using for the last 15 years. His legal name had been Troy Aumua.[2]
  • Polamalu is known for his humble lifestyle. He rarely hangs out with fellow teammates, instead preferring to spend time at home with his wife Theodora, the sister of St. Louis Rams tight end Alex Holmes, another former USC player.[3]
  • Off-field interests include growing flowers and playing the piano.[4]
  • Troy Polamalu is the highest rated player for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the game Madden 2007 with an overall rating of 98 out of 99.

References

  1. ^ a b Orsborn, Tom. "Samoan stars play big roles in big game", San Antonio Express Metro Edition, 2006-02-02. Retrieved on 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b O'Brien, Jim. "Troy Polamalu goes on holy pilgrimage", TheAlmanac.net, 2007-04-18. Retrieved on 2007-07-13. 
  3. ^ http://www.post-gazette.com/steelers/20030427steele0427p2.asp
  4. ^ http://www.packers.com/news/stories/2003/04/17/2/
  5. ^ http://www.900footballlinks.net/steelersframe.htm
  6. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/profile.php?pyid=59563
  7. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2946532
  8. ^ http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/trib/pmupdate/s_417842.html

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