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Best of Troy Polamalu

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is having a big year, and that’s saying something. Not only is the beloved safety with the million-dollar-hair nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he’s one of the finalists for defensive backs for the NFL 100 All-Time Team. With two Super Bowl wins under his belt, eight Pro Bowl selections, and the title of NFL’s defensive player of the year in 2010, Polamalu is no stranger to accolades, and his legend is already cemented in the heart of the Steel City. Take a look back at the best of #43 here.


Steelers safety Troy Polamalu crowd surfs during the Steelers Super Bowl victory parade on the Boulevard of the Allies, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, in Pittsburgh’s downtown. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Steelers Troy Polamalu dives in for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Bengals, Dec. 12, 2010, at Heinz Field on the North Shore. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Left: Troy Polamalu intercepts a pass in front of the Browns’ Evan Moore on Dec. 8, 2011, at Heinz Field. Right: Troy Polamalu jumps on the back of Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Heinz Field. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Wearing Troy Polamalu wigs, from left, University of Pittsburgh students Stephen Strub, 21, Michael Woody, 19, Rebecca McGuire, 19, and Katie Ronczka, 20, talk with Raúl Larsen, 20, whose hair is real, before Polamalu and fellow Steeler Brett Keisel appear to promote the Troy Polamalu School of Deeper Learning, a Head & Shoulders website featuring comical online courses, to students gathered at the University of Pittsburgh’s William Pitt Union Assembly room, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Oakland. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Troy Polamalu drops the Texans’ Steve Slaton for no gain, Sept. 7, 2008, at Heinz Field. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Hines Ward pretends to cut off the million dollar hair of Troy Polamalu, Sept. 2, 2010, at Heinz Field before their game against the Carolina Panthers. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Steelers Troy Polamalu intercepts pass from Browns quarterback Colt McCoy in the first quarter, Jan. 2, 2011, at Cleveland Browns Stadium. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Troy Polamalu crosses the end zone after intercepting a pass late in the fourth quarter against the Ravens in the AFC championship, January 18, 2009, at Heinz Field. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Students wear the jersey of Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu as they bring gifts of bread, wine, and water to Fr. Pierre Falkenhan during mass, Jan. 21, 2005, at St. Bonaventure Parish in Shaler. The students attend St. Bonaventure School where it was designated “Black and Gold Day” in observance of Sunday’s AFC championship game. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Left: Troy Polamalu laughs with his son between workouts at training camp, Aug. 16, 2011, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Right: Pittsburgh Steelers NFL football player Troy Polamalu, left, poses next to “Legendaryous Troy,” his wax likeness unveiled at Madame Tussauds in New York City, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. The wax figure required twice the amount of hair of any other creation in the history of the famed attraction, according to a press release statement. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Troy Polamalu helps run drills as he assists former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher at a “mini-camp” for at-risk families, Saturday, June 9, 2007, at the Family Retreat Center in Cranberry. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Troy Polamalu gets a stare down from a young Steeler fan on the training camp sidelines, Aug. 1, 2013, in Latrobe. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Troy Polamalu breaks up a pass intended for the Cincinnati Bengals Terrell Owens, Dec. 12, 2010, at Heinz Field. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Troy Polamalu knocks the helmet off Texans receiver Andre Johnson, Oct. 2, 2011, at Reliant Stadium in Houston. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Troy Polamalu dives for the end zone after intercepting a pass for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Heinz Field. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger greets teammate Troy Polamalu before the start of the annual AFC-NFC Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, in Canton, Ohio. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Troy Polamalu and Steeler teammates take in the crowd along Fifth Avenue during the Steelers Super Bowl victory parade, Feb. 7, 2006, in Pittsburgh’s downtown. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Troy Polamalu turns the microphone toward the crowd during the Steelers Super Bowl victory parade, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, on the Boulevard of the Allies downtown. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu watches from the sidelines against the Vikings, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2019, at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)