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Troy Polamalu
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Height:
5-10
Weight:
207
Age:
33
College:
USC
Experience:
12

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
51
SCK
0.0
FF
1
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 760 569 191 12.0 0 100 32 398 -- 49 3 14 7
2014 PIT 9 9 51 33 18 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2013 PIT 16 16 69 50 19 2.0 0 11 2 36 18 19 1 5 1
2012 PIT 7 7 34 29 5 1.0 -- 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 --
2011 PIT 16 16 91 64 27 1.0 0 14 2 33 16.5 33 0 0 1
2010 PIT 14 14 63 49 14 1.0 0 11 7 101 14.4 45 1 1 1
2009 PIT 5 5 20 18 2 0.0 -- 7 3 17 5.7 16 0 0 --
2008 PIT 16 16 73 54 19 0.0 -- 17 7 59 8.4 23 0 0 --
2007 PIT 11 11 58 45 13 0.0 -- 9 -- -- -- -- -- 3 1
2006 PIT 13 13 76 57 19 1.0 -- 7 3 51 17 49 0 1 --
2005 PIT 16 16 91 73 18 3.0 0 6 2 42 21 36 0 1 2
2004 PIT 16 16 96 67 29 1.0 0 10 5 58 11.6 26 1 1 --
2003 PIT 16 0 38 30 8 2.0 -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
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TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 CLE W 30-27 11 6 5 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @BAL L 6-26 8 6 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @CAR W 37-19 4 0 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 TB L 24-27 5 3 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @JAC W 17-9 6 5 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @CLE L 10-31 8 6 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 HOU W 30-23 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
8 IND W 51-34 5 4 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
9 BAL W 43-23 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @NYJ L 13-20 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 @TEN W 27-24 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Troy Polamalu
Safety

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Selected to the Pro Bowl eight times (2004-08, 2010-11, ‘13).
  • Named AP first-team All-Pro four times (2005, 2008, 2010-2011) and second-team two times (2004, 2007).
  • Named to Pro Football Weekly’s and Professional Football Writers of America’s All-NFL Team four times (2005, 2008, 2010-2011).
  • Selected to the 2000’s NFL All-Decade Team.
  • Tied for the second-most defensive touchdowns during the regular season in franchise history with five.
  • Named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year and NFL 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year (2010).
  • Named the Steelers’ MVP and Walter Payton Man of the Year (2010).
  • Named Sporting News’ All-Pro Defense twice (2008, 2010).
  • Named Sports Illustrated All-Pro twice (2008, 2010).
  • Named to Pro Football Weekly’s Midseason All-Pro Team three times (2008, 2010-11).
  • Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week seven times (Week 12, 2013 / Week 17, 2011 / Week 13-4, 2010 / Week 2, 2008 / Week 6, 2006 / Week 10, 2004).
  • Earned the Joe Greene Great Performance Award, given annually to the Steelers’ top rookie, in 2003.

PRO (152-136/14-14): Troy Polamalu re-signed a three-year contract on March 5, 2014 to remain with the Steelers through the 2016 season…re-signed a four-year extension on September 10, 2011…re-signed a four-year extension on July 23, 2007…originally selected by the Steelers in the first round (16th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft.

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Troy Polamalu
Safety

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Selected to the Pro Bowl eight times (2004-08, 2010-11, ‘13).
  • Named AP first-team All-Pro four times (2005, 2008, 2010-2011) and second-team two times (2004, 2007).
  • Named to Pro Football Weekly’s and Professional Football Writers of America’s All-NFL Team four times (2005, 2008, 2010-2011).
  • Selected to the 2000’s NFL All-Decade Team.
  • Tied for the second-most defensive touchdowns during the regular season in franchise history with five.
  • Named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year and NFL 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year (2010).
  • Named the Steelers’ MVP and Walter Payton Man of the Year (2010).
  • Named Sporting News’ All-Pro Defense twice (2008, 2010).
  • Named Sports Illustrated All-Pro twice (2008, 2010).
  • Named to Pro Football Weekly’s Midseason All-Pro Team three times (2008, 2010-11).
  • Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week seven times (Week 12, 2013 / Week 17, 2011 / Week 13-4, 2010 / Week 2, 2008 / Week 6, 2006 / Week 10, 2004).
  • Earned the Joe Greene Great Performance Award, given annually to the Steelers’ top rookie, in 2003.

PRO (152-136/14-14): Troy Polamalu re-signed a three-year contract on March 5, 2014 to remain with the Steelers through the 2016 season…re-signed a four-year extension on September 10, 2011…re-signed a four-year extension on July 23, 2007…originally selected by the Steelers in the first round (16th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft.

2014 (6-6): Troy Polamalu was named defensive team captain.

  • 9/7 vs. Cleveland: Started at SS for the 11th straight season opener…led the secondary with seven tackles.
  • 9/11 at Baltimore: Led the secondary with six tackles.
  • 9/28 vs. Tampa Bay: Played in his 150th career game.
  • 10/5 at Jacksonville: Totaled a season-high nine tackles.   

2013 (16-16): Started at SS for all 16 games…named to the Pro Bowl for the eighth time…finished the season with a career-high 85 tackles (third-most on the team), two sacks (tied for second-most in his career), two interceptions, five forced fumbles (career high), 12 passes defensed (tied for second-most in his career), one fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown…recorded at least one sack, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in the same regular season for the third time in his career (2010 and 2005)…has 398 interception return yards in his career, the ninth-most in team history…is tied with Darren Perry and Jack Ham (32) for the seventh-most interceptions in franchise history…registered his third interception return for a touchdown during the regular season to tie Dwayne Woodruff, Carnell Lake, Deshea Townsend and Compagno for the fourth-most in team history…recorded his fifth career defensive touchdown to tie Lake, Woodruff and Jack Butler for the second-most defensive touchdowns in team history…named AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 12 at Cleveland).

  • 9/16 at Cincinnati: Finished second on the team with nine tackles…added a team-high two pass breakups.
  • 9/22 vs. Chicago: Blocked the Bears’ PAT late in the fourth quarter…marked the first blocked PAT by a Steeler since Ziggy Hood (10/28/12 vs. Washington).
  • 9/29 vs. Minnesota (London): Tied for second on the team in tackles (7).
  • 10/27 at Oakland: Intercepted QB Terrelle Pryor on third-and-seven late in the first quarter and returned it 17 yards to the Oakland 48-yard line…recorded his first sack of the season, a five-yard loss on Pryor.
  • 11/3 at New England: Forced a fumble on RB Stevan Ridley on the first possession of the third quarter that was recovered by LB LaMarr Woodley…the ensuing drive resulted in a touchdown…on fourth-and-goal from the Pittsburgh one-yard line, tackled Ridley for no gain in the first quarter…led the defensive backs with a season-high 10 tackles.
  • 11/24 at Cleveland: Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 12 performance…recorded one sack, one fumble recovery and a career-high two forced fumbles…forced and recovered a fumble of RB Chris Ogbonnaya…forced a fumble on a sack of QB Brandon Weeden in the fourth quarter that was recovered by DE Cameron Heyward…marked his third forced fumble of the season and 10th of his career…now has six career fumble recoveries…tied Lee Flowers (12.0) for the fourth-most career sacks by a Steelers’ defensive back since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 (Carnell Lake-21.5 / Deshea Townsend-15.5 / Rod Woodson-13.5).
  • 12/8 vs. Miami: Returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter…marked his third career interception return for a touchdown and fifth career defensive touchdown.
  • 12/15 vs. Cincinnati: Forced a fumble that DE Ziggy Hood recovered.
  • 12/22 at Green Bay: Forced a fumble on QB Matt Flynn that DE Brett Keisel recovered late in the fourth quarter…RB Le’Veon Bell scored the game-winning touchdown on the ensuing drive…marked career best fifth forced fumble of the season.

2012 (7-7): Troy Polamalu started seven games at SS…missed nine games due to a calf injury…became the fifth defensive back in team history to record 10.0 career sacks since sacks became an official statistic in 1982…recorded his 30th career interception to become just the ninth player in team history to record 30 career interceptions…9/9 at Denver: Started at SS and posted nine tackles. Inactive due to a calf injury for the next two contests (vs. N.Y. Jets and at Oakland)…10/7 vs. Philadelphia: Made his return to the starting lineup…reinjured his calf late in the first quarter and did not return. Was inactive for the next seven games due to a calf injury (10/11 at Tennessee – 11/25 at Cleveland)…12/2 at Baltimore: Returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous seven games due to a calf injury…was part of a secondary that held the Ravens to 177 net passing yards…12/9 vs. San Diego: Tied for the most tackles (7) for the defensive backs…recorded his first pass breakup of the season…12/16 at Dallas: Recorded six tackles…12/23 vs. Cincinnati: Led the defensive backs with eight tackles…recorded a six-yard sack of QB Andy Dalton, giving him 10.0 career sacks…became the fifth defensive back in team history to record 10.0 career sacks, since sacks became an official statistic in 1982…12/30 vs. Cleveland: Recorded an interception at the Pittsburgh 16-yard line in the first quarter…marked his 30th career interception…became just the ninth player in team history to record 30 career interceptions…the Steelers improved to 25-3 in the regular season when he records an interception.

2011 (16-16/1-1): Started all 16 regular-season games and the lone postseason contest at SS…named to Pro Football Weekly’s Midseason All-Pro Team…named to Pro Football Weekly’s and Professional Football Writers of America’s 2011 All-NFL Team…named an AFC Pro Bowl Starter…named AP first-team All-Pro…finished second on the team with 90 tackles…had one sack, two interceptions, 13 pass breakups and one fumble recovery that was returned for a touchdown…passed Jack Lambert (28) for the ninth-most interceptions in franchise history…9/18 vs. Seattle: Recorded a team-high nine tackles and one pass breakup…recorded his first sack of the season and ninth of his career…9/25 at Indianapolis: Returned a fumble that was forced by LB James Harrison 16 yards for a touchdown…marked his fifth career fumble recovery…10/2 at Houston: Finished with a team-high 10 tackles…10/9 vs. Tennessee: Recorded eight tackles and three pass breakups…surpassed 600 tackles for his career…10/16 vs. Jacksonville: Registered four tackles and one QB pressure…was part of a defense that held the Jaguars to 109 yards passing…11/6 vs. Baltimore: Made his 100th career start at SS…11/13 at Cincinnati: Registered a team-high 10 tackles and one pass breakup…11/27 at Kansas City: Left the game in the first quarter with concussion-like symptoms and did not return…12/8 vs. Cleveland: Recorded an interception early in the second quarter and returned it 33 yards…it was his sixth career interception versus the Browns, the most against any opponent…12/19 at San Francisco: Finished with a team-best seven tackles…1/1 at Cleveland: Registered his 29th career interception, passing Jack Lambert (28) for the ninth most in franchise history…AFC Wild Card Game 1/8 at Denver: Tied a team high with seven tackles…added one pass breakup.  

      2010 (14-14/3-3): Started 14 games at free safety, missing two games because of an achilles injury…earned numerous accolades for his 2010 season…named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year and NFL 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year…named AP-All Pro first team…was named the Steelers’ MVP and Walter Payton Man of the Year…named to Pro Football Weekly’s Midseason All-Pro Team…named Sporting News’ All-Pro Defense, Sports Illustrated All-Pro and to PFW/PFWA All-NFL Team…also was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks, 13 and 14…finished the season with 82 tackles, seven pass breakups, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…was second in the NFL with seven interceptions despite missing two games…his 101 interception return yards were the most in his career and his interception return for a touchdown against Cincinnati in Week 14 was the second of his career…picked off two passes in that game, marking his second career multi-interception game…started all three postseason contests…9/12 vs. Atlanta:  Returned to the starting free safety position after missing 11 games in 2009 with a knee injury…picked off QB Matt Ryan late in the fourth quarter for his first interception of the season...9/19 at Tennessee: Had seven tackles, one sack and one interception…also had two tackles for a loss…10/17 vs. Cleveland: Recorded 10 tackles…10/24 at Miami: Tallied nine tackles…10/31 at New Orleans: Played in his 100th career game and finished with eight tackles…11/21 vs. Oakland: Had eight tackles…posted his team-leading third interception of the season and returned it 38 yards…11/28 at Buffalo: Finished with four tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery fumble and two pass breakups…12/5 at Baltimore: Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 13 performance…posted his first sack of the year and forced a fumble of Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco that set up the eventual game-winning touchdown for Pittsburgh…added six tackles and two pass breakups…12/12 vs. Cincinnati: Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 14 performance…had two tackles…returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, his second career interception returned for a touchdown in the regular season…added his sixth interception of the season in the fourth quarter, marking his second career multi-interception game...had two pass breakups…1/2 at Cleveland: Returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with an ankle injury…picked off his career-best (tied, 2008) seventh pass of the season on the Browns’ first drive of the game…AFC Divisional Game 1/15 vs. Baltimore: Tallied seven tackles…was part of a defense that held the Ravens to 125 yards passing and forced three turnovers…AFC Championship Game 1/23 vs. N.Y. Jets: Had seven tackles…was part of a defense that held the Jets to less than 300 total yards…Super Bowl XLV 2/6 vs. Green Bay: Recorded three tackles.

2009 (5-5):  Left season opener in the second quarter with a knee injury…missed the next four games…returned in Week 6 vs. Cleveland…re-injured his knee in Week 10 and missed the remainder of the season…tied the team lead with three interceptions…9/10 vs. Tennessee: Finished with five solo tackles, one interception and one pass defensed…left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury…10/18 vs. Cleveland: Returned from a knee injury to make his second start this season…recorded three solo tackles, one pressure and one interception…11/9 at Denver: Recorded three solo tackles, two pass breakups and one interception…11/15 vs. Cincinnati: Registered one solo tackle before leaving the game early due to a knee injury. Inactive for the final seven games with a knee injury.

2008 (16-16/3-3): Started all 16 regular-season games for the first time in three seasons…named an AP All-Pro first-team, AFC Pro Bowl starter and AFC Defensive Player of the Week and GMC Sierra Defensive Player of the Week in Week 2 after registering six tackles (four solo), one interception and one pass defense in a victory at Cleveland…PFW/PFWA All-NFL and All-AFC…The Sporting News All-Pro…Sports Illustrated All-Pro…Pro Football Weekly Midseason All-Pro…finished fourth on the team with 87 tackles (61 solo) and had 11 pass defenses…led the team and finished second (tied) in the AFC with a career-high seven interceptions…established a career high by intercepting a pass in four consecutive games from Weeks 11-14…started all three postseason games…his 40-yard interception return for a score against the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game was the first of his postseason career and the first postseason interception return for a touchdown in team history…9/7 vs. Houston: Recorded his 11th career interception, and his first since October 26, 2006, when he picked off Matt Schaub in the second quarter, leading to a Hines Ward touchdown reception and a 21-0 Steelers lead…9/14 at Cleveland: Recorded an interception as time ran out in the second quarter to end a potential Browns scoring drive and returned it for 12 yards…9/21 at Philadelphia: Third quarter interception marked his third consecutive game with an interception…10/19 at Cincinnati: Finished with five solo tackles…left the game early due to a head injury…11/16 vs. San Diego: Recorded his fourth interception of the season on the game’s opening drive and returned it four yards…11/20 vs. Cincinnati: Finished with eight tackles (six solo) and one interception, which he returned for 19 yards late in the fourth quarter to secure the victory…11/30 at New England: Finished with six tackles (four solo) and had a team-high three passes defensed…picked off a Matt Cassel pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 23 yards…12/7 vs. Dallas: Finished with a season-high 10 tackles (seven solo) and one interception…extended his streak to a career-high four consecutive games with an interception…12/14 at Baltimore: Made his 70th career start at SS…12/21 at Tennessee: Finished with nine tackles (four solo)…AFC Divisional Game 1/11 vs. San Diego: Recorded four tackles (three solo) and had one QB pressure…AFC Championship Game 1/18 vs. Baltimore: Finished with five tackles (four solo) and two passes defensed…had a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter…was his third career postseason interception, and his first for a score…was the longest postseason interception return in team history and also the first postseason interception return for a touchdown in team history…Super Bowl XLIII 2/1 vs. Arizona: Made his 10th consecutive postseason start…finished with two assisted tackles and one pass defensed.

2007 (11-11/1-1): Started 11 games and the playoff game against Jacksonville…missed the Seattle game in Week 5 due to a rib injury…missed Weeks 12-14 with a knee injury…earned his fourth straight trip to the Pro Bowl (missed game due to injury)…named AP All-Pro Second-Team…finished fifth on the team with 74 tackles…finished third on the team with 12 passes defensed…tied for second with a career-high three forced fumbles while also recording a fumble recovery…9/23 vs. San Francisco: Led the team with seven solo tackles…also had one quarterback hit and one defensed pass...9/30 at Arizona: Started at SS, but only saw action on 30 snaps due to an abdominal injury…still managed to log two solo tackles and three passes defensed…also caused Edgerrin James fumble and had a recovery on a Larry Fitzgerald fumble…10/7 vs. Seattle: Was inactive due to a rib injury...10/21 at Denver: Returned to his starting role at SS and made his 50th career start…logged 56 defensive snaps…led the team with nine solo tackles…10/28 at Cincinnati: Tied for first on the team with nine solo tackles…11/5 vs. Baltimore: Finished second on the team with seven solo tackles…forced his second fumble of the season that led to a Pittsburgh TD…part of a defensive unit that allowed the Ravens only 104 total yards and five first downs…11/18 at N.Y. Jets: Saw action on 73 defensive snaps…led the team in solo tackles with seven...12/16 vs. Jacksonville: Returned to action after missing three games due to a knee injury…finished the game with a team-high (tied) 10 tackles (seven solo) and had one pass defensed...12/20 at St. Louis: Finished the game with a team-high 11 solo tackles, one pass defensed and one caused fumble on Rams’ RB Stephen Jackson...AFC Wild Card Game 1/5/08 vs. Jacksonville: Registered his 7th consecutive postseason start at SS…finished the game with two tackles.

2006 (13-13): Played and started 13 games at strong safety…earned his third straight trip to the Pro Bowl, including his second consecutive start…finished the season with 82 tackles, third on the team…added one sack and a team-high (tied) three interceptions…also forced one fumble…named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 6…9/7 vs. Miami: Recorded a team-high 10 tackles (seven solo)…also recorded a pass defensed and a forced fumble…sealed the game with a late fourth-quarter interception (eighth of his career) of Daunte Culpepper…10/15 vs. Kansas City: Recorded a team-high nine solo tackles and one pass defensed…logged 54 plays and grabbed his second interception of the season, returning it 49 yards…was recognized as the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts…10/22 at Atlanta: Recorded a team-high nine tackles (seven solo) and a pass defensed in 72 snaps…recorded an interception off a Michael Vick pass…10/29 at Oakland: Recorded eight tackles (six solo), including two tackles for loss…held the Raiders to 17 yards passing…11/12 vs. New Orleans: Logged only 14 snaps before suffering a concussion…did not return…11/19 at Cleveland: Logged 62 plays and recorded seven tackles (six solo), one sack and two passes defensed…almost single handedly got the Steelers the ball back trailing 20-17 with 4:10 left after forcing Cleveland to punt following a three-and-out…sacked Cleveland QB Charlie Frye on first down, recorded a tackle on Jason Wright on second down and recorded a pass defensed on a pass intended for Kellen Winslow on third down…the Steelers got the ball back and scored the game-winning touchdown…11/26 at Baltimore: Had a team-high 10 tackles (tied) and eight solo before leaving the game with a sprained knee in the fourth quarter…added one quarterback hurry/pressure…12/3 vs. Tampa Bay: Was inactive due to a knee injury, missing the first game of his career…12/24 vs. Baltimore: Started at SS after missing the three previous games with a knee injury…had a game-high (tied) eight tackles (five solo).

2005 (16-16/4-4): Was a first-team AP All-Pro selection…named to his second straight Pro Bowl, earning his first start…finished with a personal-best 100 tackles to rank third on the team…had three sacks, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions…tied an NFL record for safeties by posting three sacks at Houston in Week 2…tied for the team high with 24 postseason tackles…had one interception in the playoffs (AFC Wild Card Game)…had four games with 10 tackles…9/11 vs. Tennessee: Recorded three solo tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery…9/18 at Houston: Tied an NFL record and set a team record with three sacks in a game from the safety position…added three solo tackles, defensed one pass and recorded one quarterback pressure…9/25 vs. New England: Played 74 defensive snaps…recorded four tackles (three solo), registered two quarterback hurries/pressures and a pass defensed…10/10 at San Diego: Led the team with 10 tackles (nine solo)…10/16 vs. Jacksonville: Recorded seven tackles (six solo) while playing 74 defensive snaps…also had two quarterback hurries/pressures and a pass defensed…10/31 vs. Baltimore: Logged 75 snaps and finished with a game-high 10 tackles, including six solo…11/6 at Green Bay: Logged 69 plays and recorded seven tackles (six solo)…also recovered two fumbles, one he returned 77 yards for his second career touchdown…11/13 vs. Cleveland: Had six tackles (five solo) and a quarterback hurry/pressure in which he hit Trent Dilfer, causing Dilfer’s pass to be intercepted by LB Joey Porter…11/20 at Baltimore: Had a game-high 10 tackles (nine solo)…logged 82 snaps and one quarterback pressure/hurry…11/28 at Indianapolis: Tied a game high with nine tackles (seven solo) and his second interception of the season…returned the interception 36 yards to set up the team’s only touchdown of the game…1/1 vs. Detroit: Led team with 10 solo tackles while logging 60 plays…defended one pass and forced one fumble…AFC Wild Card Game 1/8 at Cincinnati: Recorded six tackles (four solo), one tackle for a loss, one-half sack, one interception and one defensed pass…interception was second of his career in the postseason and was returned four yards and then pitched to FS Chris Hope who ran an additional five yards before being tackled…AFC Divisional Game 1/15 at Indianapolis: Recorded seven tackles (two solo) and two passes defensed…had an interception overturned following a controversial replay challenge…teamed with Clark Haggans to tackle Edgerrin James at the two-yard line to prevent a Colts touchdown…AFC Championship Game 1/22 at Denver: Tied for second on the team with six tackles (five solo)…Super Bowl XL 2/5 vs. Seattle: Started at SS and recorded five tackles (four solo).

2004 (16-16/2-2): Named to his first career Pro Bowl…finished tied for second on the team (Chris Hope) during the regular season with 97 total tackles (66 solo)…9/9 at Baltimore: Made play after play on defense and helped hold Ravens’ running back Jamal Lewis to 62 yards…led the team with 14 tackles (10 solo)...9/26 at Miami: Recorded his first pro interception and returned it 10 yards…finished with six total tackles (four solo)…played all 61 defensive snaps...10/3 vs. Cincinnati: Scored the first TD of his pro career on a dramatic interception, which he returned 26 yards to seal the Steelers’ victory...his second interception in as many weeks…10/10 vs. Cleveland: Finished with four total tackles (two solo)…also was credited with one quarterback hurry/pressure and one pass defensed…logged all 59 defensive plays...10/31 vs. New England: Finished with three total tackles (two solo)…was credited with one pass defense…played all 55 plays…also one solo special teams tackle...11/7 vs. Philadelphia: Led the team with six total tackles, all solo…played 37 defensive snaps...11/14 at Cleveland: Produced the first multiple interception game of his career…finished with two interceptions…also recorded five total tackles (four solo)...12/5 at Jacksonville: Registered six total tackles (four solo)…also was credited with one pass defense and one special teams tackle…played all 66 defensive plays...12/12 vs. N.Y. Jets: Recorded a first-quarter pick that set up the Steelers’ first score of the game…returned the interception 22 yards…finished with nine tackles (five solo) and a pass defensed...12/18 at N.Y. Giants: Registered six total tackles (four solo)…was credited with two passes defensed and two special teams tackles (one solo)…logged all 48 defensive plays...12/26 vs. Baltimore: Collected four total tackles (two solo)…also was credited with a quarterback hurry/pressure…played all 54 defensive snaps...1/2 at Buffalo: Registered his first sack of the season (for seven yards), the third of his career, in 12 defensive snaps...AFC Divisional Playoff 1/15 vs. N.Y. Jets: Registered the first postseason interception of his career…returned it 14 yards…finished with seven total tackles (four solo)…also was credited with a pass defensed...AFC Championship Game 1/23 vs. New England: Finished with seven total tackles, including six solo stops.

2003 (16-0): Came on strong at the end of the season…earned his way into the Steelers’ pass defense and emerged as a top special teams player…led the team with 25 special teams tackles (14 solo)…finished with 29 total tackles (16 solo) and two sacks…also was credited with three passes defensed and one forced fumble...10/26 vs. St. Louis: Finished with four total tackles (three solo)…also was credited with a quarterback hurry/pressure and one pass defensed…played 41 defensive snaps...11/23 at Cleveland: Finished with four total tackles (two solo)…also was credited with a team-high four special teams tackles (three solo) and three quarterback hurries/pressures…11/3 vs. Cincinnati: Played 54 defensive snaps...registered his first career sack…played 29 defensive snaps…finished with four total tackles (all solo)...12/21 vs. San Diego: Registered his second career sack and first career forced fumble that was recovered by Deshea Townsend and led to a Steelers’ TD…finished with two total tackles (one solo)…also was credited with one pass defense and three special teams assists.

COLLEGE: Troy Polamalu was a three-year starter who became the Trojans’ first two-time All-American since Tony Boselli (1992, 1994)...was one of three finalists for the 2002 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back…recorded 278 tackles with 29 stops behind the line of scrimmage, six interceptions (returned three for touchdowns), 13 pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and four blocked punts during his career...earned a bachelor’s degree in history. 2002: Voted All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press, Walter Camp, Football News, CBS Sportsline and ESPN, earning second-team honors from The Sporting News during his senior season…was one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award…All-PAC-10 Conference first-team choice…was a team captain and recipient of the team’s Most Inspirational Player Award and Co-Lifter Award…started every game except against California…finished third on the team with 68 tackles (53 solo), including three sacks and nine stops for losses…intercepted one pass and deflected four others. 2001: Was a Football  Writers Association, The NFL Draft Report and College & Pro Football News-Weekly All-American first-team selection, adding second-team by the Associated Press and third-team recognition from Football News…also was an All-Pac-10 Conference first-team pick…was a team captain and USC’s first All-American safety since Mark Carrier in 1989…also won USC’s MVP Award…led team with 118 tackles (79 solo), including 13 for losses (with a 2-yard sack) and six passes defensed...had a team-best three interceptions, including two run back for touchdowns…also had two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery (to set up a TD), three blocked punts and three punt returns for 27 yards (9.0 avg)…his 118 tackles were the most by a Trojan safety since Tim McDonald had 140 in 1986. 2000: Received All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors as a sophomore…started all 12 games at strong safety…finished second on the team in tackles with 83 (including 5 for losses), plus he tied for the team lead in both pass deflections (7) and interceptions (2). 1999: Played regularly as a backup safety and linebacker as a freshman...appeared in eight games, making 12 tackles, including two sacks for 28 yards, forced two fumbles, broke up a pass and blocked a punt.

PERSONAL: Troy Polamalu attended Douglas High School (Winston, Ore.)…named to 1998 Super Prep All-Northwest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and All-Far West League second team as a senior…played running back and defensive back...averaged six touchdowns a season…was an all-state center fielder and two-time All-League basketball player...brother, Kaio Aumua, played football at UTEP…is the nephew of former USC fullback Kennedy Pola (1982-85)…has another uncle, Al Pola, who played football at Penn State…has a cousin, Nicky Sualua, who was a running back with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys and attended Ohio State…is also the cousin of Leie Sualua, who was a defensive lineman at Oregon; and Joe Polamalu, who played for Oregon State in 1987 and 1988...is the son of Suila Polamalu...has one brother, Sakio Aumua, and three sisters, Tria Aumua, Sheila Aumua and Lupe Aumua...grew up with cousins Joe Polamalu, Darren Polamalu and Brandon Polamalu...is married to Theodora and they have two sons, Paisios and Ephram…Full name: Troy Aumua Polamalu.

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