Troy Polamalu “indifferent” to individual honors like Hall of Fame in a team sport

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Steelers safety Troy Polamalu always has brought a unique perspective. Far more often than not, his unique perspective is the accurate perspective.

Appearing on The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday, Polamalu was asked about his selection as a semifinalist for the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. His answer was different than what most would say.

“Honestly, I’ve kind of been really indifferent toward seeing any type of award or recognition,” Polamalu told Rome, “because for a sport like football, it’s such a team-oriented sport, it’s hard to really talk about individual players, especially coming from the team that I’ve been a part of — thank God — for the 12 years that I played for the Steelers. There’s definitely more than a handful of players that I know that I’ve played with that are more deserving of this award. I could even point out players on other teams that had they played with the James Harrisons, the [James] Farriors, the Ike Taylors under Coach [Dick] LeBeau that perhaps could have been even more successful or just as successful as I’ve been.”

Polamalu is right; football is a team sport. Individual awards undermine the concept of team, team, and team that every coach hammers into the brains of every player, at every level.

So why even bother with individual awards? Put simply, they help promote the sport.

27 responses to “Troy Polamalu “indifferent” to individual honors like Hall of Fame in a team sport

  1. American is about individuality and getting recognized for individual contributions to society, arts, etc. Only makes sense to have the truly great NFL players recognized instead of them all being faceless.

  2. I always enjoyed his alert, instinctive playing. Truly oner of the great ones on a defensive team that was not too shabby itself.

  3. “So why even bother with individual awards? Put simply, they help promote the sport”

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    Polamalu is correct, but this statement is not. It is not up to the player to recognize himself, it’s up to us as fans to recognize the accomplishments he achieved. Polamalu is totally correct that a player’s goal should always be to help his team, but if we forget then it hurts the game, not just its promotion.

  4. Man was he fun to watch..Hey Troy, let US recognize the players WE think deserve to be in Canton. We think you made others around you better while you played great. You deserve a bust but you modesty only strengthens that thought.

  5. Nothing more annoying than false modesty.

    ****

    I’m betting more of the people on this blog know something way more annoying.

  6. dapros says:
    December 3, 2019 at 7:39 pm
    I always enjoyed his alert, instinctive playing. Truly oner of the great ones on a defensive team that was not too shabby itself.

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    Alert and instinctive? The guy could be played like a fiddle. For every nice play he made, he’d get torched multiple times. He is the Clay Matthews of the era at Safety.

    Good, but overrated,one dimensional and massive liability in coverage.

  7. “tylawspick6 says:
    December 3, 2019 at 8:23 pm
    Don’t worry, you’re not a HOF player anyway.”

    And just like that you prove your gross ignorance of football. All in the name of your desperate need to get attention. So insecure that you can not bring yourself to admit to being utterly wrong. Thanks for flaunting your ignorance though. Seriously.

  8. I watched Troy every week and he was not a liability in coverage,oh and he has two super bowl rings to prove it.

  9. Welcome, Rodney Harrison to the HOF.

    It is just that simple, people. Anytime an inferior Safety gets mentioned, Harrison coasts right into Canton now.

    Period.

    The Steelers entitlement and arrogance is beyond annoying What’s next, Louis Lipps, Bubby Brister and Merrill Hoge should all be considered?

    Swann, Bettis and Dungy have no business in Canton. The ridiculousness media induced homerism with that franchise is laughable.

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  10. Because he isn’t sure if he is getting in. He was a damn fine player but not a lock for Hall of Fame.

  11. The ultimate team sport and yet, we all know and remember #43. Great plays and very exciting to watch. Sometimes certain lights shine brighter on the biggest stages, and Troy was no exception. Ask Pat McAfee.

  12. Ask Harbaugh and the Ravens if they feel he is HOF worthy.
    Every bit, just like Ed Reed. Two of the best ever.

  13. That’s the same Troy Polamalu who was here all those years in Pittsburgh. He always spread praise to his teammates and respected his coaches.

    Not many athletes have so many jaw-dropping plays, at such key moments, do it for so many years, and win multiple league and conference championships. Polamalu could be a bolt of chaos on the football field.

    And he had great hair.

    To anyone hating on him for being a Steeler, I hope you get over it. Dude’s a legend.

  14. tylawspick6 says:
    December 3, 2019 at 9:13 pm
    Welcome, Rodney Harrison to the HOF.

    It is just that simple, people. Anytime an inferior Safety gets mentioned, Harrison coasts right into Canton now.
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    Seriously.

    Harrison played 186 games and had 34 INTs, 1197 tackles (6.4 per game), 78 Passes Defensed (PDs), 30.5 Sacks, 40 Tackles for Loss (TFL) and 15 Forced Fumbles

    Polamalu played 158 games and had 32 INTs, 778 tackles (4.92 per game), 107 PDs, 12 Sacks, 56 TFL and 14 FF.

    And you claim Steeler’s arrogance. Come on man. Harrison was a great player and may be Hall of Fame worthy, but to make a claim that Troy is inferior to him is seriously ridiculous. Troy’s stats are comparable or better in several key categories despite playing almost 30 fewer games.

    You are literally doing what you accuse other people of doing.

  15. Just read that the Steelers forced Polamalu into retirement. Doesn’t sound like an HOF player to me when your own team wants you gone.

  16. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    December 4, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Just read that the Steelers forced Polamalu into retirement. Doesn’t sound like an HOF player to me when your own team wants you gone.
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    Dude, both Jerry Rice and Joe Montana were shown the door in SF. I guess, they sucked too??

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