You know, Troy Polamalu grew up in California and Oregon, not in American Samoa, but he feels responsibility, and he's done, I think, four camps. “And, you know, as many people told me on the island or in these communities, that name on the back of your jerseys not just your name, it is your extended family, the hundreds of Polamalus and Pomeles and Seaus and Tuiasosopos. In week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Alualu sacked Andy Dalton on a fourth down late in the fourth quarter, sealing a 27-3 win. Player stats at NFL.com: Tyson Asi Alualu (/ ˌ ɑː l u ˈ ɑː l uː / AH-loo-AH-loo; born May 12, 1987) is an American football nose tackle and defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). ", Rob Ruck is the author of "Tropic of Football. , In the Steelers' season-opener against the Miami Dolphins, Polamalu collected a season-high ten combined tackles, defended two passes, and intercepted a pass attempt by Joey Harrington in the Steelers 28–17 victory. Yet even today, Ruck said, traditional culture remains surprisingly strong.  He further aggravated the injury during the game and left after further straining his calf muscle. Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu on the sideline during an NFL preseason game in 2010. saying that it will be a career-ending injury, most likely. ", Author Rob Ruck discusses his new book on Samoans in football. On October 16, 2011, Alualu made three solo tackles and made his first sack of the season on Ben Roethlisberger, as the Jacksonville Jaguars were defeated 17-13 by the Pittsburgh Steelers. , On April 24, 2009, it was reported that Polamalu would be featured on the cover of Madden NFL 2010, alongside Super Bowl XLIII opponent and Arizona Cardinals' wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The kids might play barefoot. He was ranked as the No.  He participated in training camp and competed for the starting defensive end job with Chris Clemons, Jared Odrick, Ryan Davis, Andre Branch, and Chris Smith. , One of the Steelers' top needs entering the draft was safety as Polamalu was entering the end of his career and had an injury-riddled season in 2012. He opened his season starting against Penn State, and recorded only two tackles but made an interception for a 43-yard touchdown. Gus Bradley named him the starting defensive end, along with Jason Babin, to begin the 2013 season..  In the 30–17 loss, he had eight combined tackles and one quarterback hit in his final career game..  He received an invitation to the NFL combine and completed all of the required combine and positional drills. In the next game against Washington he had a game-high 13 tackles, two tackles for a loss, an interception that he returned for a 22-yard touchdown. On November 9, 2010, while appearing on Mike and Mike in the Morning, Polamalu said he had his most recent haircut seven or eight years prior. , He remained the starting strong safety under new head coach Mike Tomlin.  In head coach Gus Bradley's first season the Jaguars finished 4-12. 24 defensive tackle in America by Rivals.com for 2005.  On March 12, 2003, Polamalu participated at USC's pro day, along with Carson Palmer, Justin Fargas, Kareem Kelly, Sultan McCullough, Malaefou MacKenzie, and others. Guitarist Glenn Shirey said that the song was inspired by Fox Sports announcer Dick Stockton's mispronunciation of Polamalu's name.. , He was named as a First Team All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl.  In Week 4, he made six combined tackles, two pass deflections, and intercepted a pass attempt by Carson Palmer and returned it for a 26-yard touchdown during the Steelers' 28–17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. , The Steelers finished first atop the AFC North with a 12–4 record. Later on, against Stanford, he made 11 tackles in the game.  On January 8, 2012, The Steelers faced the Denver Broncos in the AFC Wild Card Round and Polamalu made four combined tackles in their 23–29 overtime loss. USC went on to the Las Vegas Bowl against Utah and Polamalu made a career-high 20 tackles, and three tackles for a loss. , Alualu made his Pittsburgh Steelers debut in their season-opening 21-18 victory over the Cleveland Browns and recorded five combined tackles. He has the distinction of being one of only two safeties ever drafted by the Steelers in the first round of an NFL Draft; the other being Terrell Edmunds in 2018.  On October 7, 2012, Polamalu returned and recorded two solo tackles in a 16–14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.  He was named to his final Pro Bowl. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Alualu in the first round (10th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He also has an equity stake in LYFE Kitchen, a healthy-eating restaurant and grocery store concept launched by Oprah Winfrey. In April 2018, Polamalu was named the Head of Player Relations of the Alliance of American Football. In an article on ESPN.com, Polamalu said, "I did not want to be a player who is jumping from team to team." Ruck gives a free talk on Tropic of Football at 6 p.m. “There's a warrior ethos that you do everything for your village and your family and for your team, and you add the fact that this is a culture with a lot of military discipline,” said Ruck.  He missed Weeks 13–15 with a shoulder injury. Throughout the season, he was the backup strong safety and played primarily on special teams and in dime packages. Ironically, it is fa’a samoa that helped make football seem a natural fit. Yet it’s a place that even football fans who aren’t versed in geography know well: A disproportionate number of college and pro stars trace their origins to this culturally unique U.S. territory, including retired Pittsburgh Steelers star Troy Polamalu. “So the downside of these microcultures of sporting excellence is that talented youth end up overtraining at a younger and younger age.”. He recorded 7 sacks and 59 tackles in high school. , The Pittsburgh Steelers initially had a verbal agreement with Dexter Jackson, who was the reigning Super Bowl MVP with the 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During Super Bowl XLIII, a commercial of Polamalu aired that had him do a remake of the famous "Mean Joe" Greene Coca-Cola commercial, except it was advertising for Coca-Cola Zero instead. The next week, Alualu earned two combined tackles and sacked Andrew Luck, for his first of the season, as the Jaguars defeated the Indianapolis Colts 30-27. Following his junior season, Polamalu was named to the All-State first team and was the All-Far West League Offensive Most Valuable Player for Douglas High, which achieved a 9–1 record. Head coach Bill Cowher named Polamalu the starting strong safety over Mike Logan to start the 2004 season and made his first career start in the Steelers' season-opener against the Oakland Raiders. And not for football or sport but for health and literacy and computing.”.  Despite Polamalu's hard-hitting style on the gridiron, he is known off the field as a soft-spoken family man. Posted on August 31, 2010 - By Bossip Staff Bossip Video . Tyson Asi Alualu (/ˌɑːluˈɑːluː/ AH-loo-AH-loo; born May 12, 1987) is an American football nose tackle and defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). , In 2005, Pittsburgh-area band Mr. Devious wrote and recorded the novelty song "Puhlahmahlu", a parody of the song "Mah Nà Mah Nà". His streak ended against California, when he had four tackles, but made a game-deciding play with an interception that he returned for a 58-yard touchdown. He started the season by being voted as the team captain, and in the season opener he recorded seven tackles and one tackle for a loss against San Jose State. Whatever the coach tells them to do, they do.”. University of Pittsburgh history professor Rob Ruck tells the story of Samoa and its surprising relationship to the sport in his new book, Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL (The New Press). Alualu was named the starting defensive tackle by new head coach Mike Mularkey. ", Polamalu began his college career in 1999 as a true freshman, playing backup at safety and linebacker, while also contributing on special teams. On February 1, 2020, Troy Polamalu was officially elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. , On July 28, 2003, the Steelers signed Polamalu after a short hold out to a five-year, $12.10 million contract.  He was voted to his third consecutive Pro Bowl and started the 2007 Pro Bowl at strong safety.. The Steelers selected Polamalu in the first round (16th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft.
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