Monday, January 31, 2011
Troy Polamalu:Archives Steelers' Samoan Warrior Leads Pittsburgh Into Clash With Ravens
Polamalu: Steelers' Samoan Warrior Leads Pittsburgh Into Clash With Ravens
Jude Wilmot (Contributor) on January 11, 2011
I consider myself very fortunate to be able to watch one of the greatest NFL players of all time play football.
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu's presence on the field reaches far beyond measurable value. His passion, intensity, and focus for the game are without border, elevating his personality to that of admirable greatness.
Polamalu’s speed and agility seem almost superhuman. I liken his darting style of play to that of a humming bird flying through the air: in, out, up, down, all over the place. His dizzying movements can be almost hypnotic to watch, as he sprints forward, shuffles backward, and glides from side to side within the blink of an eye.
One of the most recognizable traits of Polamalu is his long, dark, bushy hair, reported to be insured in the amount of $1 million by British insurance firm, Lloyds of London. When he wears it down in a game you can easily track where he is at on the field at any given time. It has, in a way, become his assigned trademark.
Troy Polamalu’s “warrior headdress” is a common feature among Samoan natives. It is also considered by some to be a symbol of strength and power. Regardless of whether or not that is true, No. 43, and his hair, will both be ready to play in the big game this weekend.
The Steelers will battle their first playoff opponent, the rival Baltimore Ravens, at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field Saturday at 4:30. Decorations of black and yellow will riddle the stands, as fans waive the traditional “Terrible Towel” in support of their team.
Polamalu makes leaping tackle against Titans
The two teams met twice during the regular season, each collecting a victory at opposing stadiums. Both were low scoring games, each won by a margin of only three points.
The Ravens walked away with the first win, 17-14, and the Steelers took the second, 13-10. Expect nothing less than exciting from their third meeting, as the stakes are much higher now.
Two Generals will be leading their respective team’s “D” into a fierce battle. SS Troy Polamalu’s Steelers and MLB Ray Lewis’s Ravens, will clash in bitter rivalry, as they each seek to get one step closer to the ultimate prize awaiting in Arlington, Texas: The NFL’s