Statement by Steelers President Art Rooney II on Troy Polamalu:
I want to congratulate Troy Polamalu on being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Troy was the kind of player who was able to impact the outcome of games from his safety position, and he did it with uncanny instincts that made it almost impossible for opposing offenses to predict where he would be. A proven playmaker who never failed to come up big in the biggest games, Troy deserves to be considered among the best defensive backs in NFL history. During both the 2005 and 2008 seasons, Troy was a significant contributor to our efforts during our drive to victories in those two Super Bowls, and the interception he returned for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of the 2008 AFC Championship Game clinched that victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Troy was truly a playmaker every time he stepped on the field, and we couldn't be happier for him.
It will be an exciting time for Troy and his family this summer when he receives our game's highest individual honor in Canton.