Troy Polamalu (born April 19, 1981, Garden Grove, California) is an American Football NFL player whose position is Strong Safety and wears #43 for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Polamalu has one brother and three sisters, and is the youngest of the 5.
Polamalu lived in Santa Ana until he was 9, and then went to live with his Aunt, Uncle and 3 cousins in Tenmile, Oregon- where he later attended Douglas high school. Polamalu is married to Theodora and has 2 children – Paisios and Ephraim. Polamalu is also a practicing Greek Orthodox Christian.
Polamalu attended University of Southern California (USC) and played a variety of sports there, but his first love is where he excelled in most – College Football as a Strong Safety for the USC Trojans where he wore his trademark #43 jersey. Polamalu majored in Social Sciences & History. It was also during this time at USC, that Polamalu learned to play the piano and read music.
Polamalu was drafted 16 overall in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2004, Polamalu was made the starting Strong Safety.
It was obvious to many of how talented and skilled he was, that by 2005, defensive coordinator, Dick LeBeau, felt that he could let Troy loose on the gridiron by creating his own specific plays and placing, by reading the opponents offensive sets. Polamalu has been talked about and often compared to, as being one of the most feared Safeties in the NFL today.
Polamalu has many accolades under his belt, which includes being a 2x Super Bowl Champion and 2010 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award. Polamalu has recently renewed his contract on September 10, 2011 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which will see him play beyond his original 2011 end date, to 2014 instead.
Highlights and Awards:
- 6× Pro Bowl selection (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)
- 4× All-Pro selection (2004, 2005, 2008, 2010)
- 2× Super Bowl Champion (XL, XLIII)
- 3× AFC Champion (2005, 2008, 2010)
- Joe Greene Great Performance Award (2003)
- First Samoan and Pacific Islander to be on the cover of a Madden game (Madden 2009)
- NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
- Steelers Most Valuable Player Award (2010)
- 2010 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year
- 2010 NFL Alumni Player of the Year