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Troy Polamalu insures his hair in publicity stunt

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu says his injured knee has felt good this preseason. But he’s apparently worried about his flowing locks.

Polamalu has reportedly had his hair insured for $1 million through Lloyd’s of London, as part of a publicity stunt to bring attention to Head & Shoulders shampoo, which Polamalu endorses.

We’re not quite sure how this would work: If another player does what Larry Johnson did in 2006 and drags Polamalu down by his hair, how many strands would have to get yanked out for Polamalu and Head & Shoulders to collect? We have a feeling Lloyd’s of London will not be paying off this policy.

And we have a feeling some of Polamalu’s teammates are rolling their eyes at this kind of silliness. It’s a good thing he’s not a rookie, or else he might be getting the Tim Tebow treatment.

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  1. stiller43 says: Aug 31, 2010 7:37 AM

    If you took the time to read the article, you would know that Head and Shoulders took the policy out, not Troy.

  2. EY says: Aug 31, 2010 7:40 AM

    I care!

  3. Filthy Fernandez says: Aug 31, 2010 7:44 AM

    As a Steelers fan, I’m already concerned with them starting 0-4 or worse this isn’t good news. Just one more distraction for a team that appears to be trying to pull their heads out of their butts.
    I weep bitterly……..

  4. dEV says: Aug 31, 2010 7:46 AM

    I’ve seen other reports of this, but the line is that Head & Shoulders did the insuring. Did Polamalu have anything to do with it, or is he just along for the ride?

  5. phuckphilly says: Aug 31, 2010 7:49 AM

    Michael David Smith – who are you?
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    “And we have a feeling some of Polamalu’s teammates are rolling their eyes at this kind of silliness”
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    No you moron. Troy is respected in the locker room and none of his teammates are rolling their eyes. Think of something better to write about.

  6. dabarber says: Aug 31, 2010 7:51 AM

    Is he insuring the dandruff also?

  7. therewasone says: Aug 31, 2010 7:56 AM

    I heard it was the shampoo company that insured it! Maybe as a cheap stunt? Are you reporting facts or just more unconfirmed rumors?

  8. phildo says: Aug 31, 2010 7:59 AM

    How about insuring that he plays more than 5 games this season?

  9. Biglardawg says: Aug 31, 2010 8:05 AM

    That Troy Polamalu is one ugly chick.

  10. Filthy Fernandez says: Aug 31, 2010 8:17 AM

    “That Troy Polamalu is one ugly chick. ”
    I’d hit it…………………….

  11. BigBear123 says: Aug 31, 2010 8:23 AM

    stiller43 says:
    August 31, 2010 7:37 AM
    If you took the time to read the article, you would know that Head and Shoulders took the policy out, not Troy.
    ———////
    cheap advertising. On the local morning news.
    Only a squeeler girl would agree to have their hair insured.

  12. The Jimmy says: Aug 31, 2010 8:26 AM

    More inaccuracy from PFT for the sake of drubbing up comments.

  13. Danwhitmer says: Aug 31, 2010 8:27 AM

    Filthy Fernandez says:
    August 31, 2010 8:17 AM
    “That Troy Polamalu is one ugly chick. ”
    ————————————————————
    I’d hit it……………… …….
    ————————————————————
    I heard he refuses to go drinking with Big Ben…… Not sure why …….

  14. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Aug 31, 2010 8:32 AM

    Do they insure it for all 3 games that he plays, or just the plays that he’s on the field?

  15. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Aug 31, 2010 8:43 AM

    The radio spots make one’s nuts want to retract and hide behind one’s pelvic wall!

  16. dsp1899 says: Aug 31, 2010 8:44 AM

    I would love to see him get yanked by the hair!

  17. cbrianwatkins says: Aug 31, 2010 8:56 AM

    again with NO RESEARCH by the group of jounalistic blogging HACKS
    Troy did NOT take out the insurance policy, his SPONSOR did
    unbelievable

  18. east96street. says: Aug 31, 2010 8:59 AM

    “And we have a feeling some of Polamalu’s teammates are rolling their eyes at this kind of silliness.”
    I would put good money down that they are asking him how much he got paid and could he hook them up with some commercials. These guys aren’t total morons (unlike certain PFT writers). They understand Troy got a check.

  19. Bdrunk says: Aug 31, 2010 9:03 AM

    phildo says:
    August 31, 2010 7:59 AM
    How about insuring that he plays more than 5 games this season?
    —————
    Yes please.

  20. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 31, 2010 9:10 AM

    You asked me with your eyes Trent. . . You asked, with your eyes.

  21. realitypolice says: Aug 31, 2010 9:12 AM

    Hey! Did you hear that Troy Polomalu has really long hair? Oh, you did? Did you see that funny commerc………oh, you did? How many times? Wow, that’s pretty many.
    TP’s hair is the one joke nightmare that just won’t go away. The first commercials were funny and original. Now it’s just embarrassing. It’s the gift you never wanted that keeps giving and giving and giving.
    Hey Troy, we get it. You’re a football player, yet you have long hair. How ironic and funny. Not as ironic and funny as it was a few years ago, before at least 25 other guys in the league gave themselves basically the same hairdo, but still.
    Guess I can’t blame you for cashing the checks from Head & Shoulders, but doesn’t at least a small part of you wish you could make a commercial tackling QB’s in a sporting goods store, like Ndad4^km8&oo#ng Suh instead of everything being about your hair?

  22. madmike77 says: Aug 31, 2010 9:17 AM

    Meh it’s not really him insuring it. He just agreed to do it for Head and Shoulders. You can bet they’re the ones paying. And Troy’s getting a nice chunk of change out of it.

  23. connie says: Aug 31, 2010 9:20 AM

    where was he last game never seen him or heard his name do he loose a step????????

  24. Nsblend says: Aug 31, 2010 9:26 AM

    Remember the Keystone Light commercials “Men should act like men”? The ones that didnt got crushed under the giant keystone can… Well Troy has atleast a 6 pack of cans on him…

  25. The Real Shuxion says: Aug 31, 2010 9:34 AM

    He should try to spike it for a post game press conference.

  26. Myroncope7 says: Aug 31, 2010 9:42 AM

    Do whatever you can to get that money Troy! Steelers need some positive news from their stars. Class guy and exceptional talent. To the guy that said we will go 0-4, NOT A CHANCE. 4-0 or 3-1

  27. Patriots51 says: Aug 31, 2010 9:44 AM

    phuckphilly says:
    August 31, 2010 7:49 AM
    Michael David Smith – who are you?
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    “And we have a feeling some of Polamalu’s teammates are rolling their eyes at this kind of silliness”
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    No you moron. Troy is respected in the locker room and none of his teammates are rolling their eyes. Think of something better to write about.
    whoa whoa whoa MDS.. it looks like you struck a nerve with a Steelers fan… Someone get the Kleenex out

  28. steelersmichele says: Aug 31, 2010 9:54 AM

    Troy is a deeply religious man. If you watch him during a game, he is constantly crossing himself and praying. He doesn’t act like other players after making a good tackle–which is jumping up and down and screaming and chest bumping his teammates. He’s usually crossing himself and geting ready for the next play.
    Shampoo is probably the least controversial product he can support–the most family friendly advertising he can do. Knowing his charity work, I’m sure a significant amount of the money he makes goes to a good cause.
    I’m sure some men look at him and think he’s a sissy for not swearing and acting like a “guy” in the locker room and on the field. But I’m happy with the way he plays and the way he stays out of trouble.

  29. GB3Pack4 says: Aug 31, 2010 9:58 AM

    Love Troy, his values, his play, his sense of humor. I don’t mind that he makes money marketing himself. Prominent GOOD players have done this forever. He’s solid gold on the field, doesn’t have to prove anything. He’s also laughing at a situation that has people – fans, reporters, advertisers, etc. – making the most of his hair – just as Joe Mauer did with his sideburns and his wholesome image. A recent spot with Joe has him bringing “something to drink” over to a presumed date’s house, then has him greeting his mom with a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of milk. Another shows him at home with his mom getting him ice cream, accidentally losing a scoop high in the air, Joe leaping to make the catch. Then there’s Brett Favre with his indecision (Sears), his jeans (Wrangler), and his tractor; Peyton Manning with his sombre personality turned inside out for humor, etc. It’s all about marketing, and people’s ID’ing teams with memorable players.
    I enjoy all these spots. They’re just fun, period.

  30. FumbleNuts says: Aug 31, 2010 10:08 AM

    Next thing you know, Big Ben will be in a beer commercial.

  31. Hailskinzz says: Aug 31, 2010 10:18 AM

    He needs to worry about staying healthy not his damn hair, what’s wrong with these steelers are they just stupid?

  32. pghguyy33 says: Aug 31, 2010 10:25 AM

    head and shoulders insured it not him. i cant belive people belive what they hear with now research.

  33. steelersmichele says: Aug 31, 2010 10:32 AM

    Hailskinzz, why are the Steelers stupid? For doing commercials or for getting injured?
    When is a guy stupid for being hurt and doing something else to make money while he can’t work?
    If he was a construction worker who was injured and couldn’t do his job and started working at a help desk answering phones to make money, would he be stupid, too?
    And considering the recent actions of your owner and some players, you really don’t have a lot of room to talk about my team being stupid….

  34. SixburghDynasty says: Aug 31, 2010 10:39 AM

    I bet some of you assclowns would piss yourselves if that “sissy” Polamalu came after you.
    New slogan for American society: find something to hate on someone about. Because that’s all it is anymore. Get a life.
    Oh yeah, and the Steelers are still better than whoever any one of you haters’ teams are. 6 rings, 6 rings, 6 rings is all i have to say.

  35. js136202 says: Aug 31, 2010 11:01 AM

    SixburghDynasty
    The dynasty is over.

  36. realitypolice says: Aug 31, 2010 11:10 AM

    SixburghDynasty says:
    August 31, 2010 10:39 AM
    New slogan for American society: find something to hate on someone about. Because that’s all it is anymore. Get a life.
    Oh yeah, and the Steelers are still better than whoever any one of you haters’ teams are. 6 rings, 6 rings, 6 rings is all i have to say.
    ========================
    Hey fanboy- If Troy Polamalu played for the Ravens, you’d be writing the most scathing criticism of him on here.
    Typical PFT poster:
    Plays for my team- hero
    Plays for another team- loser
    Plays for my team’s rival- criminal
    A message to silly fanboys everywhere:
    Wear all the jerseys you want, splash all the face paint on you want- Your team’s success has nothing to with you. Rooting for a winner doesn’t make you one.
    And if your star player/hero ever becomes a free agent and gets blown away with an offer from another team, The only person in the stadium with his name on the back of their jersey will be you and your fanboy friends. Because your hero will be long gone.

  37. zygi milf says: Aug 31, 2010 11:21 AM

    Most drag queens simply wear wigs.

  38. kevind says: Aug 31, 2010 11:27 AM

    OK…Hers the deal..Head & Shoulders took out the policy on Troy’s hair for some exposure.Thats it.Troy didnt go out there and take out a million dollar insurance policy on his hair.Thats just retarded.Now as far as the haters with thier little smart-ass comments about Troy.Get a life people.Troy is a class guy and future Hall Of Famer.I wonder how many of you talking smack would say anything to his face?More likely you would ask for his autograph and then come on here and complain about it.

  39. kevind says: Aug 31, 2010 11:39 AM

    @realitypolice
    I cant speak for other fans,but I am all for giving other players credit for being good players.I have said multible times Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed are the 2 best safties in the league and both are Canton bound.Unlike some people I dont post on other teams boards mainly because I dont come on here and try to stir the pot.Talking shi* doesnt make anyones team any better.Games are won on the field,not on here.It always amazes me how many haters post on this board and Im sure it happens on other boards also.Do I like the Ravens or Bengals or for that matter any other team besides the Steelers…Hell No,but im not going to waste my time spewing vemon on thier site.

  40. texasPHINSfan says: Aug 31, 2010 11:48 AM

    well it certainly is a stupid publicity stunt, regardless who took out the policy.

  41. ShaKey says: Aug 31, 2010 4:47 PM

    Does this make him Harley Quinn to the “Batman and Robin” of the Bengals?

  42. queenie says: Aug 31, 2010 4:57 PM

    GB3Pack4 says:
    August 31, 2010 9:58 AM
    Love Troy, his values, his play, his sense of humor. I don’t mind that he makes money marketing himself. Prominent GOOD players have done this forever. He’s solid gold on the field, doesn’t have to prove anything. He’s also laughing at a situation that has people – fans, reporters, advertisers, etc. – making the most of his hair – just as Joe Mauer did with his sideburns and his wholesome image. A recent spot with Joe has him bringing “something to drink” over to a presumed date’s house, then has him greeting his mom with a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of milk. Another shows him at home with his mom getting him ice cream, accidentally losing a scoop high in the air, Joe leaping to make the catch. Then there’s Brett Favre with his indecision (Sears), his jeans (Wrangler), and his tractor; Peyton Manning with his sombre personality turned inside out for humor, etc. It’s all about marketing, and people’s ID’ing teams with memorable players.
    I enjoy all these spots. They’re just fun, period.
    _______________
    I agree and Troy’s my favorite steeler anyway for all the reason’s you cited…plus he’s a beast on the field!
    Those commercials are funny as all hell!

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