February 3, 2011 |
Former USC safety Troy Polamalu will be easy to spot when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl on Sunday. The Steelers’ 29-year-old strong safety will be the one with the long mane of thick, wavy black hair cascading out of his helmet. He’s the only player in NFL history to have his hair insured by Lloyd’s of London (Head & Shoulders shampoo took out a $1 million policy for their spokesman). Quiet and reserved off the field, Polamalu is known for his speed and agility on the gridiron.
September 10, 2011 |
Troy Polamalu never planned on leaving the Pittsburgh Steelers. Still, the defending AFC champions didn't want to take any chances, signing the star safety to a contract extension through the 2014 season. Polamalu, the 2010 NFL defensive player of the year, signed the contract at Pittsburgh International Airport on Saturday just before the team boarded a plane to Baltimore. Terms were not immediately disclosed. Polamalu was scheduled to make $6.4 million this season.
September 21, 2013 |
It's not something you see every day, a punter getting ejected for fighting. It happened Saturday, though, when San Jose State kicker Harrison Waid got tossed in the Spartans' loss to Minnesota. Waid, a fifth-year senior, was not happy when he got hit during an onsides kick attempt . Minnesota won the game, 43-24, but not without an, um, fight. Waid entered the season as San Jose State's career punting leader with his 43-yards-per-kick average. There is no record in his official San Jose State bio of Waid ever winning any Golden Gloves titles.
December 18, 2002 |
Carson Palmer returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday after a six-day trip that culminated with his winning the Heisman Trophy in New York. Palmer, the first Trojan quarterback to be recognized as college football's most outstanding player, received further recognition when he and safety Troy Polamalu were selected to the Associated Press All-American team. Palmer and Polamalu were among five players from the Pacific 10 Conference selected to the 25-player team.
November 17, 2008 |
The only thing perfect on a snowy, frigid day when the weather and the offenses were equally awful was San Diego's regular-season record in Pittsburgh. It's now 0-13. Ben Roethlisberger stayed away from the mistakes that cost the Steelers their previous two home games, Willie Parker ran for 115 yards and Jeff Reed's third field goal won it -- a 32-yarder with 11 seconds remaining -- as Pittsburgh rallied to beat the Chargers. The unusual final score of 11-10 was the first in NFL history, and it was in jeopardy when Troy Polamalu returned an errant lateral 12 yards for an apparent touchdown on the final play.
November 29, 2001 |
Troy Polamalu became USC's first All-American in three years when he was named to the Football Writers Assn. of America team on Wednesday. The junior safety led the Trojans with 98 tackles this season. Just as important, he recovered two fumbles, blocked three punts and intercepted three passes, two of which he returned for touchdowns. "He has a great heart, which the great players have," Coach Pete Carroll said earlier this month.