24 Interesting Facts About Pittsburgh Steelers Star Troy Polamalu

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been feared at various times in the team’s history. They have had great defensive players through the years, including Mean Joe Greene, Donnie Shell, Jack Ham, Rod Woodson, Greg Hawthorne, Jack Lambert, Steve Furness, Carnell Lake, James Farrior, and more. One of those great players continues to reak havoc on the field for the opposition, his name is Troy Polamalu.

Many know him for his awesome play on the football field, many know him for his somewhat outlandish hair, but here are 24 interesting facts about Troy Polamalu that you may not know.

  • -Troy Polamalu stands at five feet ten inches tall and usually weighs in between 200 and 210 pounds.
  • -He played football at the University of Southern California.
  • -He was born in Garden Grove, California on April 19th, 1981.
  • -Troy Polamalu’s middle name is Aumua.
  • -When the Steelers drafted him in 2003, he was taken with the 16th overall pick in the draft.
  • -While in college, Polamalu blocked four punts.
  • -In 2001, Troy Polamalu’s 116 yards on interception returns was more than anyone else in the PAC10.
  • -The Steelers chose Polamalu in the draft because they needed a safety after Dexter Jackson, who had just won the Super Bowl MVP Award with the Tampa Bay Buccaneeers, backed out of a verbal agreement to sign with the team.
  • -Troy Polamalu is the only safety that the Pittsburgh Steelers have ever drafted in the first round.
  • -Troy Polamalu recorded his first NFL sack in a 24-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003.
  • -In 2005, after being in the league for just three years, Polamalu tied the NFL record for most sacks in a season by a safety with a total of three.
  • -Polamalu’s first NFL interception came in 2004. It happened in a 13-3 win over the Miami Dolphins and he regurned it for ten yards. The very next week he would intercept another pass, this time in a 28-17 win over the Bengals, and this one he would return 26 yards for his first NFL touchdown.
  • -When he signed his new contract in 2007, for a time it made Troy Polamalu the highest paid defensive back in the entire NFL.
  • -For a few years during the early 2000s, Troy Polamalu’s uncle, Kennedy Pola, was a coach on the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff.
  • -Polamalu has two sons named Paisios and Ephraim.
  • -In a 27-7 win by the Steelers over the Houston Texans in 2005, Troy Polamalu recorded his first multiple sack game. He finished that contest with three quarterback sacks.
  • -During the offseason, Troy Polamalu and his family live in San Diego, California.
  • -In 2010, Procter & Gamble paid for a million dollar insurance policy from the famous Lloyd’s of London to insure Troy Polamalu’s hair. He has been doing commercials for their product, Head & Shoulders shampoo since 2009.
  • -Through 2010, his biggest year for total tackles was 2005 when he recorded 74 of them in his third year in the league.
  • -In 2008, Troy Polamalu’s seven interceptions came in streaks. His first three interceptions came one each over the first three weeks of the season (against the Texans, Browns, and Eagles). His last four interceptions again came in consecutive games, this time in the 10th through 13th games of the season (against the Chargers, Bengals, Patriots, and Cowboys).
  • -Through 2010, Troy Polamalu had scored three regular season defensive touchdowns in his career. Two of those were scored against the Bengals.
  • -In a 23-14 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs following the 2009 season, Polamalu scored his first postseason touchdown on a 40 yard interception return.
  • -He scored a touchdown on a 77 yard fumble recovery in a 20-10 2005 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
  • -Troy Polamalu appears on the cover of Madden NFL 10 with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

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