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Polamalu a Steelers captain for the first time

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The Steelers have announced their 2014 team captains, and one of the most tenured and respected members of the team has become a captain for the first time in his career.

Safety Troy Polamalu, embarking on his 12th season with the team, will serve as the defensive captain.

Polamalu succeeds safety Ryan Clark, who left for Washington, and defensive end Brett Keisel, who re-signed only recently.  Keisel had been the lone defensive captain in Pittsburgh in 2012.

Offensively, Ben Roethlisberger serves as the captain for the fourth straight year.  Last year, he shared the duties with center Maurkice Pouncey.  This year, it’s only Roethlisberger.

The special-teams captains are safety Robert Golden and kicker Shaun Suisham.  The Steelers didn’t have a special-teams captain in 2013 or 2012.

Polamalu wears the “C” in what could be his last year with the team.  In the offseason, he invited a teammate to work out with him in the offseason — his potential successor, safety Shamarko Thomas.

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30 Responses to “Polamalu a Steelers captain for the first time”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 1, 2014 1:19 PM

    Polo is a bit uncomfortable with some of the new “duties”, Cap’n Ben is whispering in his ear.

    “Have ye’ ever bin t’sea, Troy?’.

  2. ftomasic1961 says: Sep 1, 2014 1:20 PM

    i hope he stix around a couple more years…he looks good from last year and played very well in preseason this year…

    HOF’er

  3. chargersdiehard says: Sep 1, 2014 1:22 PM

    This is harder to believe than “the fappening”! Polamalu has been the man for so long I think we all assumed he was a captain.

  4. 700levelvet says: Sep 1, 2014 1:26 PM

    Head n shoulders and all you can eat buffets rejoice in Switzers err I mean Tomlins team captains… Thankfully Tebow is out of the league

  5. jmblosser82 says: Sep 1, 2014 1:31 PM

    Would love to see Troy stick around, been my favorite Steeler since he was a rookie. That being said, he will not be worth a starters salary, his tackling is getting worse and he is having trouble keeping up with guys in coverage, but his knowledge will make it hard to send him away.

  6. erock27 says: Sep 1, 2014 1:37 PM

    You cant teach the plays this guy makes

  7. ohiostatefootballsucks2014 says: Sep 1, 2014 1:41 PM

    How has this guy not been a captain before? Maybe he wasnt dirty enough

  8. bassplucker says: Sep 1, 2014 1:46 PM

    I was sure he was a captain already. Well-deserved IMO even if his skills are decidedly less at this point than they were earlier in his career.

  9. Ground Chuck says: Sep 1, 2014 1:52 PM

    Steelers = Tebowed

  10. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 1, 2014 2:04 PM

    In Troy’s case, the “C” on his jersey will stand for Cheapshot.

  11. sportstalkprofessional says: Sep 1, 2014 2:11 PM

    A quality character like Pouncey as team captain makes total sense.

  12. brownsmakemecrazy says: Sep 1, 2014 2:13 PM

    Easiest play of the week. Take Steelers minus the points v Clowns on Sunday

  13. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 1, 2014 2:17 PM

    Look at the comments? Must be an on line trolling contest today to bring out some of these tools.

  14. mr4thand1 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:25 PM

    “Here we go STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!!!!!”

  15. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 1, 2014 2:26 PM

    Because like any financially mismanaged company like the Steelers if you can’t give money you give titles

  16. tebowbrokesteelers says: Sep 1, 2014 2:30 PM

    After being tebowed out of the playoffs years ago o winning season and o playoff appearances by the steelers . This is a proud moment to be named a captain of a team of this caliber hahaha

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 1, 2014 2:41 PM

    tebowbrokesteelers says:
    Sep 1, 2014 2:30 PM
    After being tebowed out of the playoffs years ago o winning season and o playoff appearances by the steelers . This is a proud moment to be named a captain of a team of this caliber hahaha

    0 1
    Report comment. A couple of things. Three years out of playoffs is a life time when you are under 21. Secondly , how would know a proud moment if all you have been named is honorary hall monitor for the second grade. You only wish you had Troy’s C troll.

  18. chaypin says: Sep 1, 2014 3:05 PM

    I don’t care for the Steelers at all but I can’t help but like Polamalu. Can’t believe he hasn’t been a captain yet but well deserved!

  19. gregob56 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:21 PM

    If only he could remember what locker room to go to. He needs to retire for the sake of his kids. Hate to say it but he won’t live past 43.

  20. tebowbrokesteelers says: Sep 1, 2014 3:40 PM

    tebowbrokesteelers says:
    Sep 1, 2014 2:30 PM
    After being tebowed out of the playoffs years ago o winning season and o playoff appearances by the steelers . This is a proud moment to be named a captain of a team of this caliber hahaha

    0 1nofoolnodrool says:
    Report comment. A couple of things. Three years out of playoffs is a life time when you are under 21. Secondly , how would know a proud moment if all you have been named is honorary hall monitor for the second grade. You only wish you had Troy’s C troll

    I state facts about the steelers past several years and you revert to childish name calling. The truth hurts I guess. God Bless!

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 1, 2014 3:58 PM

    I state facts about the steelers past several years and you revert to childish name calling. The truth hurts I guess. God Bless!

    It seems to me you only know a couple of facts you repeat over and over hence you are labeled a troll . That’s calling you a name that is identifying your subspecies. Sorry if it hurts and save the phony god bless. You misunderstand the golden rule .

  22. zonex74 says: Sep 1, 2014 4:26 PM

    Probably not a better choice on the team right now.

  23. si1m says: Sep 1, 2014 4:52 PM

    Steelers so desperate for captains they’re on 4th and 5th choices and asking opponents to supply one each week. #Leaderless franchise

  24. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Sep 1, 2014 5:08 PM

    Very Proud.

  25. citizenstrange says: Sep 1, 2014 6:57 PM

    GO STEELERS!

  26. steelcurtainn says: Sep 1, 2014 10:05 PM

    Nothing like a true hall of famer leading the troops.

  27. steelcurtainn says: Sep 1, 2014 10:08 PM

    Troy Polamalu close to retirement is still better then 90 percent of the safeties in this league…..Hate on haters……..you wish this man was on your pathetic team.

  28. frenchysgoldfish says: Sep 1, 2014 10:47 PM

    Hey Tebow boy. Wait till your hobby horse QB stops choking in the Big Game before continuing to rattle off your cute little broken tebow line.

  29. steelerben says: Sep 2, 2014 11:23 AM

    I’m getting awfully tired of hearing how Tebow beat the Steelers. Tebow went 10-21 with 316 yards. Four of those catches were Demariyus Thomas who picked up 204 yards including the game winning 80 yard catch, which was a duck that went five yards through the air.

    Tim Tebow did not beat the Steelers, Damariyus Thomas did.

  30. tinytoolalldrool says: Sep 2, 2014 12:58 PM

    I thought you had to be at least 50 to be a captain in Pittsburgh.

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