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Polamalu says he didn’t deserve award

Green Bay Packers linebacker Matthews talks to the media during his first news conference since arriving for Super Bowl XLV at the team hotel in Irving

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Packers linebacker Clay Matthews took to Twitter Monday night in a battle to see who could be classier.

Polamalu, who won the Defensive Player of the Year award Monday (we’re sure), said he didn’t deserve the honor.

“Thanks for the congrats. @jharrison9292 (James Harrsion), @ClayMatthews52, Ed Reed, Julius Peppers way more deserving!”

Heck, Polamalu isn’t sure anyone deserves it:

“Individual awards only have a place in golf and bowling. Too many parts to single out one player in the world greatest TEAM sport!” Polamalu wrote.

Those comments are consistent with everything we’ve every heard from Polamalu.  In world of artificial media images, he truly seems like the genuine article.

Not to be out-done, Matthews congratulated his fellow former USC Trojan on edging him out for the award.

“Congrats to [Troy Polamalu] on NFL DPOY. Well deserved . . . Class act and outstanding player. #FightOn.”

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37 Responses to “Polamalu says he didn’t deserve award”
  1. Matt says: Jan 31, 2011 10:47 PM

    OMG…a news item on PFT about Clay Matthews that doesn’t speculate about steroid use.

    Now, I really have seen it all…

  2. jhorton83 says: Jan 31, 2011 10:52 PM

    It’s no coincidence that the two best defensive players in the NFL have long hair. Samson effect. Long hair FTW.

  3. xthechargersareherex says: Jan 31, 2011 10:54 PM

    Now this story knida warms my heart. Real emotions are dripping out of this article.

  4. richm2256 says: Jan 31, 2011 11:08 PM

    Recently read an article in SI about Troy. Saw some very honest and humbling things he said, so this gesture doesn’t seem insincere at all. Guy plays balls-out and is flat out GOOD, he’s my favorite on a team with far too many jerks, and he’s the player I’d want most on the Patriots.

  5. kevo126 says: Jan 31, 2011 11:11 PM

    “Ed Reed, Julius Peppers way more deserving!”

    yea everyone knows that. but at least he is willing to admit it.

  6. crimhollingsworth says: Jan 31, 2011 11:19 PM

    It’s true Polamalu is head & shoulders above the rest but Matthews is becoming quite the poor man’s Polamalu-type player. He’s so suave.

  7. xjavicuervox says: Jan 31, 2011 11:20 PM

    Trojans racking up the DPOY awards! Cushing, Polamalu! Mathews will get it next year…#FightOn

  8. bw82b says: Jan 31, 2011 11:37 PM

    I’m hoping Clay buries big Ben and that Rodgers exploits Polamalu in coverage just to cement the fact that Clay was more deserving…..Polamalu is GREAT but Clay was just a beast this year…..

    Who we drafting at 19th overall Giants? Thats what I care about at this point

  9. hobartbaker says: Jan 31, 2011 11:41 PM

    Troy downplays the NFL award, but has a prominent spot in his house for the “Best Novice Bowler, Community Rec Center, Month of May 2008″, trophy he won.

  10. cornellsteelers says: Jan 31, 2011 11:41 PM

    It’s really hard not to like those two.

  11. egls7 says: Jan 31, 2011 11:53 PM

    Great player and person. He deserves it, honestly

  12. bigbaldpapahawk says: Feb 1, 2011 12:20 AM

    I am still a bitter Superbowl XL Steeler-hating Seahawks fan, but Polamalu has never been anything but class. He is definitely one the NFL should be proud of having.

  13. majikalmushr0om says: Feb 1, 2011 12:35 AM

    Figures, Polamalu takes the Brady approach- saying you don’t deserve the award in an attempt to solidify receiving it…

  14. ianwhetstone says: Feb 1, 2011 12:37 AM

    Matthews is a terrific young player, but it gets downplayed how much he benefits rushing the passer from Capers scheming to get him free runs and mismatches. He’s a player who shines within the scheme, whereas Polamalu transcends the scheme.

    And really, if you want to look at an edge rusher, it’s not hard to argue that James Harrison would have been more deserving than Matthews. He (and Woodley opposite him) also benefit as 3-4 OLBs from blitz schemes, but he’s surely the same caliber of pass rusher as Matthews, he forces a lot more fumbles and is an absolute force against the run, too. A couple of extra sacks don’t really mean a whole lot, by comparison.

  15. redgreen3b1 says: Feb 1, 2011 12:59 AM

    Sounds like yall r on these 2 guys Jock. F em both. With the nasty ass hair, and all the praying troy p does. Everytime they show him, and it’s not an actual play. The guy is praying 2 some samoan statue or something

  16. george1859 says: Feb 1, 2011 6:03 AM

    Enjoy this diamond Pittsburgh.
    He is one in a million..

  17. gbfanforever says: Feb 1, 2011 7:08 AM

    “It’s true Polamalu is head & shoulders above the rest but Matthews is becoming quite the poor man’s Polamalu-type player. He’s so suave.”

    Puhhhhleeeese. Will stealer fans arrogance ever cease? Mathews, in one season in the pros (after only one season of starting in college) has become an elite player capable of taking games over. Marginalize him at your own risk.

  18. gbfanforever says: Feb 1, 2011 7:09 AM

    “Trojans racking up the DPOY awards! Cushing, Polamalu! Mathews will get it next year…#FightOn”

    Cushing won DROY last year, it was Charles Woodson who won DPOY.

  19. mrizzo44 says: Feb 1, 2011 7:14 AM

    My uncle is a die-hard Steelers fan, and he goes to Steelers Training-Camp every year.

    He watches all of the players roll into camp in their hummers, bmw’s, ect.

    Polamalu, on the other hand, rocks a Honda Accord 4-door.

    BALLIN!

  20. blackcatnfl says: Feb 1, 2011 7:27 AM

    First time I can remember caring that a player got an award, because he clearly deserved it!

  21. Slim Charles says: Feb 1, 2011 7:45 AM

    lol…majikalmushroom. just shows how much people have to grasp to find something bad to say about Troy P.

  22. mswravens says: Feb 1, 2011 9:01 AM

    It must be hard for a truly great player and class act like Troy Polamalu to come to work every day surrounded by the other scum that wear the Black & Yellow (it is yellow dummies…it’s not gold).

    He didn’t deserve this award…neither did Ed Reed. Matthews or Peppers woulda been my vote, as if it matters or anyone cares…

  23. stuartscottslefteye says: Feb 1, 2011 9:20 AM

    Let’s not bring up SB XL – the debacle where the refs stole the Lombardi from Seattle. Makes you wonder when you have an owner that was involved with legalized gambling. It’s bad enough the Steelers are in it this year, with the Pittsburgh native ref handing them the game in Miami, and the Ravens handing them the game at Heinz. Let’s just hope this game is based on great play and not poor umpiring.

  24. ryanclark25 says: Feb 1, 2011 9:27 AM

    @mswravens:

    Who are these other scum?

    harrison had a dog incident before, clark had a few suspect hits but not outrageous he’s a tough player, i accept questions over ben, but last time i checked we didnt have a possible murderer on our team…..coming from a guy who actualy likes ray lewis btw

  25. SteelTown6 says: Feb 1, 2011 9:32 AM

    Can you imagine both of these guys working together in the same secondary?
    /chills

  26. comeonnowguys says: Feb 1, 2011 9:35 AM

    Peppers 4th? That’s ridiculous. There isn’t a player this year that has had the impact he had on his team.

  27. karlpilkington says: Feb 1, 2011 9:35 AM

    I can only hope the skins draft his little brother and he turns out to be half as good as Clay

  28. calloustongue says: Feb 1, 2011 9:39 AM

    A cage match between these two would be more entertaining than every Pro Bowl combined.

  29. prior0knowledge says: Feb 1, 2011 9:40 AM

    gbfanforever says:
    Feb 1, 2011 7:08 AM
    “It’s true Polamalu is head & shoulders above the rest but Matthews is becoming quite the poor man’s Polamalu-type player. He’s so suave.”

    Puhhhhleeeese. Will stealer fans arrogance ever cease? Mathews, in one season in the pros (after only one season of starting in college) has become an elite player capable of taking games over. Marginalize him at your own risk.

    Gbfan, you are an idiot. The post was a humorous reference to Polamalu’s Head & Shoulders commercials. Suave is a competing shampoo. Too many 12 year-olds on this site.

  30. lhaveprettyfeet says: Feb 1, 2011 9:46 AM

    He’s right. I credit Head and Shoulders for giving him all of that bounce!

  31. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 1, 2011 10:37 AM

    1 – he didn’t deserve it.

    2 – he’s only repeating, almost verbatim, what Tom Brady said over a month ago.

  32. johntonioholmes says: Feb 1, 2011 11:18 AM

    Every one of those guys made a case, except Ed Reed. I was not impressed with him. Yeah 8 picks in ten games is ridiculous, but he was caught out of position more this year than he ever has been.

  33. steelersmichele says: Feb 1, 2011 11:21 AM

    “It’s true Polamalu is head & shoulders above the rest but Matthews is becoming quite the poor man’s Polamalu-type player. He’s so suave.”

    haha. Can’t wait to see Matthews shampoo commercials. Too bad they won’t air during the Super Bowl.

    gbfanforever–you must not be that much of a fan if you didn’t know about Matthews’ deal with Suave. Way to jump the gun, post some angry words, and look silly afterwards.

  34. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Feb 1, 2011 1:09 PM

    Matthews was going to get the award but they decided they didn’t want to give it to a girl.

  35. newreality1 says: Feb 1, 2011 2:27 PM

    My team is greenbay. and we are blessed with mathews playing for us but I got to say that palamalu is a hell of a player and deserves the reward. They both do but you can only give it to one. And this guys been doing it for years. Clay,s time is coming and he’ll get his too. Great player,lots of heart and a hell of a hitter. I know if Im a QB I dont want become familier with either of these guys………………………….

  36. jpelle82 says: Feb 1, 2011 3:55 PM

    reed is past his prime. polamalu made big plays and that was the difference. the atlanta pick, baltimore sack/fumble, and goal line plays locked it up for him this year. matthews is a one trick pony.

  37. nickynick04 says: Feb 2, 2011 11:31 AM

    How many games did Polamalu miss this year ?
    Is there not an unwritten rule you have to play most of the games,,,did Troy miss 3 games ?
    I think he is right..it is not right to give poty awards on team sports

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