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When schedule comes out, Polamalu looks at December first


Steelers safety Troy Polamalu grew up in California and played college football at USC.  But when it comes to his pro career, Polamalu has become a cold-weather guy.

He explained on Friday’s Pro Football Talk that, when the schedule comes out for the next season, he first searches the last month of the year.

“I look to see who we play for in December,” Polamalu said.  “I always look to see like where our warm games are and where our cold games are.  So like, playing outdoors in Green Bay is not too exciting, playing outdoor or indoor in December is always exciting for us cold-weather teams.  The unique thing about the AFC North is that we don’t have a cold-weather break. Whether it’s the NFC North, you know, Chicago and Green Bay, they can go to Minnesota in the indoor game and Detroit and play indoors.  Well, all four of our teams are outdoors and Baltimore, Cincinnati and Cleveland and Pittsburgh. So they’re all cold weather games so we never really get a break from the cold weather.”

This year, the Steelers have six away games that could be played in cold weather — at Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati, New England, the Jets, and Green Bay.  The other two road games will occur at Oakland, and “at” Minnesota in London, in October.

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31 Responses to “When schedule comes out, Polamalu looks at December first”
  1. canetic says: Mar 29, 2013 11:58 PM

    Since he’s never on the field any more it shouldn’t really concern him.

  2. blackngold4life says: Mar 30, 2013 12:01 AM

    Yeah..he’s usually around 60% healthy by December..

  3. pudgalvin says: Mar 30, 2013 12:01 AM

    He likes to to see which games he’ll definitely be injured for.

  4. jamaltimore says: Mar 30, 2013 1:11 AM

    Best conference in the NFL. Home of the World Champions!

    Black and Purple

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 30, 2013 1:14 AM

    He’s being modest. All he focuses on is January, like every other Steeler player, and fan.

  6. doe22us says: Mar 30, 2013 1:15 AM

    Polamalalu is done, way too injury prone in recent years. I cant remember him playing a meaningful game yet alone 3 straight games without an injury.

  7. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 30, 2013 1:19 AM

    So true. AFC North is the pinnacle of sports divisions. We are the last element of football that remains untarnished.

  8. leggett17 says: Mar 30, 2013 1:36 AM

    Perhaps he should look in the mirror as his diminishing skills leave him in denial.

  9. bigbenh8tr says: Mar 30, 2013 2:21 AM

    come on dude. dallas is the only warm team in the nfc east and none of them complain. I live in dc and its the same weather as bmore…..not too cold at all. Someones not used to the ravens winning the division

  10. tiggerblood says: Mar 30, 2013 2:36 AM

    When’s his contract up? Sounds like he’s a snowbird. To the desert? Miami? Maybe to Houston to create the greatest safety Tandem ever? To bad it wasn’t 4 years ago when they were not so closely watched by father time, still and interesting thought

  11. goldenperspective says: Mar 30, 2013 4:08 AM

    “So like, playing outdoors in Green Bay is not too exciting, playing outdoor or indoor in December is always exciting for us cold-weather teams. ”

    I’m so confused right now.

  12. Iknoweverything says: Mar 30, 2013 6:21 AM

    Might as well look at December games because you will be sitting home in January

  13. floratiotime says: Mar 30, 2013 6:45 AM

    By December he’s usually out with an injury. Great player, but it’s starting to look like the career is over.

  14. tv426 says: Mar 30, 2013 8:55 AM

    So,….who cares what he looks at?

  15. edisbetterthantroy says: Mar 30, 2013 9:13 AM

    Does anyone still want to debate that Ed isn’t better than Troy?

    A playoff team just paid Ed because they believe there is still gas left in his tank. Keep collecting those Head and Shoulders’ residual checks because you’re done Troy…

  16. briang123 says: Mar 30, 2013 10:54 AM

    Obviously you’ve never been to London if you don’t consider an October game there a potential cold weather game.

  17. jimiinpa says: Mar 30, 2013 11:03 AM

    thay way he knows who to watch when he’s on the DL , again

  18. jimiinpa says: Mar 30, 2013 11:06 AM

    for all the crap steelers fans and ravens fans give each other we can both agree that they are the best games to watch , they both play the game like it should be played. watch and learn you other 30 teams

  19. laxcoach37 says: Mar 30, 2013 11:10 AM

    You want to come to Miami? According to your other Safety Buddy, Ryan Clark… no one wants to do this? Now players are lining up to join and vastly improved team and live in one of the most desirable places in the US with no State Tax.

    Either way it should be a win for the Fins. We had you 2 years ago and the Refs seriously blew a Rothlesberger fumble in the Endzone! It was as obvious as the Seattle MNF Game this year.

  20. ravenator says: Mar 30, 2013 11:29 AM

    I bet TP rather be defending a superbowl as opposed to an 8-8 record and missing the playoffs entirely. Pittsburgh will not contend. They’ll be lucky to finish 3rd in the division, let alone sniff the playoffs. Cheers!

  21. cliverush says: Mar 30, 2013 11:58 AM

    Steeler fans are facing a period when the other teams in their division are getting younger and stronger while they get old and beat up.

  22. Just a Fan says: Mar 30, 2013 11:58 AM

    Pittsburgh an Baltimore prove to the NFL that The Superbowl goes through the AFC North. Although we may get on each other, Both teams command respect no matter what their teams look like on paper. Cincinnati is stepping up and becoming a ral force too.

    So I will swallow my pride and say ….Congrats to the Ravens, you represented the AFC North well.

    Maybe someday us fans will respect each other as much as the players do.

  23. 1mommicked1 says: Mar 30, 2013 2:47 PM

    Has not contributed to a steelers victory in years…including the super bowl loss to green bay

  24. scoobies05 says: Mar 30, 2013 3:53 PM

    just a fan. great post. always nice to hear from good fans. i am a die hard ravens fan but i would be insane to not respect the steelers and their accomplishments. both sides have fans that dont like the other…thats what makes a rivalry. but the lack of respect that comes from both fan bases is borderline nuts. i would love to just discuss football but too often i find myself in “spirited” debates with other steeler fans. anyways thanks for your kinds words and good luck next year. except when its ravens vs steelers…lol

  25. Deb says: Mar 30, 2013 3:55 PM

    It’s a shame to read the disrespect from some Steeler fans for a future Hall of Fame player who played such a tremendous role in our team’s great successes over the last decade. Yes, he’s coming to the end of his run, as all great athletes do. But that doesn’t change what he’s meant to the team. Better to have been one of the all-time best than a never was that doesn’t appreciate.

  26. modellforprez says: Mar 30, 2013 5:19 PM

    yeah your days of having to look and worry aboot december and January pigskin is all but over buddy. colbert made sure of that now i know they are restricted like my favorite soup kitchen “light of life mission” great people. they should dumped all the dead weight at once and reloaded over a year or two span. now they are totally screwed with busted #1’s and drafts period. they refuse to infuse outside besides their own “gay spaeth” so as much as it pains me the stinkies will probably look more like the clowns of the past couple years than the powerhouse we thought they were

  27. mbmixer says: Mar 30, 2013 8:03 PM

    I love Troy but the only reason he is looking that far down the schedule is to pick out his sideline gear.

  28. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Mar 31, 2013 1:06 PM

    Is that so he can start planning his off season vacation? Because you know they aren’t even going to make the playoffs!!!

  29. stillers213 says: Apr 1, 2013 11:12 AM

    Those of you who can barely put together a coherent sentence really should not criticize anyone, especially someone as accomplished as Troy. Go to school and get a job!

  30. stillers213 says: Apr 1, 2013 11:16 AM

    I have been hearing that the Steelers will not make the playoffs for about 15 consecutive years now. How did that work out? Also, all you doubting (bandwagon) Steeler fans should know by now that this team has a history of doing well when there are low expectations, yet disappoint when favored.

  31. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 1, 2013 1:10 PM

    There are two types of “Steelers fans”: Those who enjoy watching the TEAM; and those who worship the quarterback.
    Polamalu’s success has caused a lot petty jealousy among the quarterback worshipers over the years. They simply cannot stand it when someone other than their rockstar quarterback is singled out and recognized for his major contributions to the team’s success.
    Polamalu is the most amazing player I have ever seen. The picture at the top of the page illustrates some of his greatness. He’s the only player of the past 10 years who could start for the Steelers of the 1970s.

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