Tom Brady campaigns for Troy Polamalu for the Hall of Fame

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Former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is one of the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and before the final vote is taken on Saturday, a longtime opponent is putting in a good word for him.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady released a statement explaining just how tough an opponent Polamalu was.

“One key to success for a quarterback is to study a lot of film in order to understand defensive tendencies and know how the defense will try to defend everything you are trying to do as an offense,” Brady said, in a statement released by the Steelers. “But that never worked against Troy. He was one of the most instinctive and disruptive players I have ever played against. Outside of his incredible athleticism, his greatest skill was his unpredictability. You could never quite get a bead on what he was doing, yet he was always around the ball. Troy was just a playmaker who you had to account for on every play. It was amazing to watch film on him and to try to understand how we knew where to be and when. If you wanted to find Troy, you just looked for where the ball was going and you would always find him.”

Brady and Polamalu faced each other five times in the regular season and once in the playoffs, and Brady remembers the challenge of facing Polamalu well.

57 responses to “Tom Brady campaigns for Troy Polamalu for the Hall of Fame

  1. Take note, all those who say he is not a HOF player. If the alleged GOAT, as Pats fans call him, is this effusive in his praise of Polamalu.

  2. I always thought that Troy Polamalu should Make it to e HOF. The only thing this article changes is that now I think that Tom & Troys’ busts should sit facing each other so they can blow each other kisses every night!

  3. Troy was so fun to watch. You knew he was going to make the big plays at the key moments.
    Always around the ball. No doubt he is a HOF.

  4. Steeler fan here. If anyone hasn’t noticed, Brady torched the Steelers time and time again during his career. It drove me nuts watching it year after year. Nonetheless, Brady is a class act all the way around. He is and should always be looked at in the future for how a pro should carry himself on and off the field. You can not argue with success and excellence. This comment about another true great player and person (Polamalu) speaks volumes. Troy P. deserves to be in the HOF.

  5. I cant stand the Steelers but this dude needs to be in the Hall Of Fame, right beside and next to Ed Reed.

    You know its strange, the 2 best safety’s of their generation were heated rivals as were the teams they played for.

  6. I second that opinion. He was athletic to the extreme and he can make amazing plays because of his athleticism.

  7. Polumanu was awesome to watch. He should be a first ballot vote.

    And he was one of the first to sing TB praises.

    The feeling seems to be mutual.

  8. Tom doesn’t usually do this when it comes to a player getting into the hall. He must really think Troy was a once-in-a-lifetime player

  9. Even if one ignores the fact that I have had better success defending Tom Brady than Polamalu and his Steelers defense, the fact remains that the good but not great Polamalu has no business in the HOF.

    But, he is a media and commercial darling, so he probably has a shot.

  10. Kinda confused why some fans don’t think he should be in. He and Ed Reed were so dominant at safety for so long. Reed was unbelievable at diagnosing the play, Polamalu had incredible athleticism. Both should be in, not even close.

  11. Haven’t looked at his stats lately, but I’d put Polomalu in the hall – a big playmaker and a fantastic player to watch. It’s nice to hear the praise from Brady – Brady has always been a consummate pro when talking about the game, his opponents, etc.

    Ironically, Brady is the best argument *against* Polomalu, since Brady neutralized pretty consistently when the two met.

  12. I remember Brady torching those Polamalu Steeler teams, so I assume he is just being polite here

    Toms comment is from a smart football player and yours is from a troll which is like night and day. Tom played against him and respected what he could do you are just a hater.

  13. Rodney Harrison and John Lynch right to the HOF. It is just that simple.

    Polamalu was not better than either of those Safeties. Take away the long hair crap and no one is claiming Polamalu even to be on that level.

    Outside of Ed Reed, there were not a lot of great Safeties in the Goodell Era.

    That was more of a thing in the Rozelle/Tagliabue Eras.

  14. Polamalu was a beast. He probably wouldn’t have been as good if he didn’t ride the zebras with the st**lers

  15. As a follow up: Career stats for the following players.

    Rodney Harrison 186 games, 34 INT 2 TD, 1206 tackles, 40 for a loss.

    John Lynch 224 games, 26 INT 0 TD, 1059 tackles, 28 for a loss.

    Troy Polamlu 158 games, 32 INT 3 TD, 783 tackles, 56 for a loss.

    Why on earth is there even a question that Harrison is not in?

  16. I can’t imagine he won’t get in. He was arguably one of the most disruptive defensive players of his time. The guy lined up all over the place and made play after play after play. He was an offensive coordinator’s worst nightmare. If Polamalu doesn’t get in then nobody should.

  17. Brady didn’t torch the Steelers because of Polamalu. He torched them because they ran the same defense for years and years and Belichick and Brady had long decoded it and Brady could read it easily presnap

  18. tylawspick6 says:
    January 26, 2020 at 12:03 pm
    lmao

    Tom is too nice. Troy used to get dusted by Brady and the Pats. Routinely.

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    Actually, stats have shown Tom Brady routinely acouple games made sure he didn’t throw to Troy Polamalus side. Don’t let your hate blind you from watching some great football lol

  19. Polamalu was a generational player and a class act. My favorite 2 yard Tom plays against him was in the 2005 AFC title game and a 60 yard post pattern TD where Tom faked Troy out of his jock and in :2013 in a regular season whooping to Gronk. Tom won most of these battles and I recall Polamalu saying that the Steelers ‘07 title was a little bit dampened because Brady didn’t play that year.

  20. A lot of times players will endorse another player just to be a good guy, but this is totally different. Brady is telling the truth, and he has nothing to gain from this endorsement. But this also brings up a good point. If the HOF ever decided they want to get it right, and that’s probably not going to happen, they should listen to the players that know the difference. Ask the best offensive tackles for their input on edge rushers. Ask the middle linebackers about the running backs. Ask the cornerbacks which receivers were impossible to cover, etc. I guarantee you Tom Brady knows which safeties made him work the hardest, and that’s what he’s trying to say about Troy.

  21. Couple things. Palomalu was a great FB player and a class act. Fun to watch. Pretty hair. Comparing FSs and SSs is apples to oranges. Completely different positions. A lot of good safeties aren’t in. HOF voting is biased against them for whatever reason. Brady did torch TP though. Took advantage of his overaggressiveness. Bit on the play action everytime. Couldn’t help himself. A credit to the NFL though

  22. Polamalu should be in the HOF. Was a great instinctive player. A real game changer.
    But truth be told by anyone that watched those Steeler/Patriots game is that Brady owned Polamalu.
    Brady frequently took advantage of Polamalu’s freelancing aggressiveness for big plays.

  23. Having a known cheater head up your HOF campaign is not what I’d call a ringing endorsement.

  24. If running around out of positiion all the time getting dusted as much as you did running into the backfield like a chicken with your head cut off is HoF material, then a whole load of Safeties need to get in before him.

  25. Steel curtain says Brady is a “ proven cheater “??? Did they find the evidence the NFL admitted in Federal Court they didn’t have??? Please tell us all where it’s been all these years!

  26. Is there any story that Tom Brady doesn’t make all about him? Take a breather, Mr Media Hog.

  27. Haven’t looked at his stats lately, but I’d put Polomalu in the hall –

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    That’s the thing though, you don’t have to look at his stats. Every football fan knows how good polomalu was. He was famous for being good. Belongs in the HOF, easily

  28. Is there any story that Tom Brady doesn’t make all about him? Take a breather, Mr Media Hog.

    ======

    Athletes are often quoted.

    It’s just that goats make headlines.

    You may need to get over it.

  29. johnnycantread says:
    January 26, 2020 at 2:26 pm
    Having a known cheater head up your HOF campaign is not what I’d call a ringing endorsement.

    Jealous crybabies doing what jealous crybabies do.
    Cry 😢 on the internet…..

  30. Listen up Pats fanboys. Congratulations- your team beat the Steelers routinely. However… speaking of routinely Mr TyLaw – Troy ROUTINELY beat up on just about EVERY other team. You are looking at truly a VERY small sample size, – someone who clearly only watched Pats games.

  31. I love seeing Pats fans claiming Rodney Harrison as their own. He played 2/3 of his career in San Diego & had 26 of his 34 INTs there as well. Next thing you know Pats clowns will claim Randy Moss and Junior Seau as THEIRS, as well.

  32. TP was great when close to the LOS.He was a liability in deep coverage due to lack of speed and height. Sure he is a candidate for HOF. Just don’t show the clips of him struggling to cover Greg Jennings .

  33. grant35 says:
    January 26, 2020 at 7:25 pm
    I love seeing Pats fans claiming Rodney Harrison as their own. He played 2/3 of his career in San Diego & had 26 of his 34 INTs there as well. Next thing you know Pats clowns will claim Randy Moss and Junior Seau as THEIRS, as well.
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    Well not for nothing but Harrison went to 3 super bowls and won 2 in NE, and got blown out in the only one he went to in SD. He was also a key contributor to those 2 SB winners. He really was that good, whether you call him a Charger based on service time or not. The stats don’t lie. He was better than Lynch, Atwater, or Polamalu.

    As for Moss, he only set the single season TD reception record his first year as a Patriot.

  34. He deserves this. His was an absolute disruptor of game plans because he was seemingly everywhere. Great instincts. He and Ed Reed were a lot alike that way.

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