On November 15, 2009, he reinjured his left knee in the first quarter of a 12–15 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Troy Aumua Polamalu (/ˌpoʊləˈmɑːluː/; born Troy Aumua; April 19, 1981) is a former American football strong safety who played his entire twelve-year career for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). Player Team Pos. “You get a rudimentary version of the game that’s being played in the States,” said Ruck.  He was named to the Second Team Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Decade Team for the 2000s. , On July 28, 2003, the Steelers signed Polamalu after a short hold out to a five-year, $12.10 million contract. While there he played high school football.
During a game against Oregon, he ended the game with 13 tackles, two tackles for a loss, and one interception. His freshman season was cut short when he suffered a concussion at practice.  He started the Jacksonville Jaguars' season-opening 24-17 victory over the Denver Broncos and finished with three solo tackles and sacked Kyle Orton for the first of his career.
Throughout the season, he was the backup strong safety and played primarily on special teams and in dime packages.
Polamalu made his professional regular season debut in the Steelers' season-opening 34–15 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. “People there live in villages, for the most part on land that's communally owned by their extended family that might have been in the family for 3,000 years and can't be sold, and they live in a culture that is more intact than any culture I've ever experienced, with what they call fa’a samoa, ‘in the way of Samoa,’” said Ruck, who logged considerable time on the islands while researching the book. On May 13, 2011, he graduated from USC with a bachelor's degree in history. He reportedly lives off of the revenue from rental properties and earns hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
He became well known for these types of athletic and intelligent plays throughout his career. Football caught on in Hawai’i starting in the 1940s, and in Samoa in the 1960s – after a Reader’s Digest article branded Samoa “America’s Shame in the South Pacific” and the U.S. started building high schools there. Yet even today, Ruck said, traditional culture remains surprisingly strong.  On September 18, 2005, Polamalu had six solo tackles and sacked Houston Texans' quarterback David Carr three times during a 27–7 victory.  He earned his second First Team All-Pro honor. Polamalu recorded three solo tackles, deflected a pass, and intercepted Steve McNair during the 34–7 victory.
, For his last season, Polamalu continued to uphold his big play reputation. The Steelers quickly made a move to bring Polamalu to their team.  The contract made him the highest paid safety in the league, but was surpassed by Bob Sanders on December 28, 2007, when he was signed to a five-year, $37.5 million contract with $20 million in guarantees. Posted on August 31, 2010 - By Bossip Staff Bossip Video . " Teammate Ben Roethlisberger followed in Polamalu's footsteps the following off-season and finished his degree as well.. The kids might play barefoot. On September 18, 2011, he recorded a season-high four solo tackles during a 32-3 loss to the New York Jets. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Alualu in the first round (10th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. In the CBS Playoffs Pre-game Show, Polamalu said the last time he had gotten a haircut was in 2000 at USC when a coach told him he needed one. He played his last college game in the Orange Bowl against #3 Iowa. , He remained the starting strong safety under new head coach Mike Tomlin.
 The next game, he again recorded five tackles and also sacked Oregon State's quarterback. Gus Bradley named him the starting defensive end, along with Jason Babin, to begin the 2013 season..
 It was reported that he was fully planning to play in 2015, but the Steelers had forced Polamalu into retirement.  During a Week 6 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, he recorded a season-high seven combined tackles, as the Steelers won 28–10. Yet it’s a place that even football fans who aren’t versed in geography know well: A disproportionate number of college and pro stars trace their origins to this culturally unique U.S. territory, including retired Pittsburgh Steelers star Troy Polamalu. , Polamalu suffered a strain calf in a practice prior to the Steelers' season-opener at the Denver Broncos. , He returned as the starting strong safety in 2005 and started the Steelers' season-opener against the Tennessee Titans. Samoan culture is very hierarchical, said Ruck, and prizes competitiveness, teamwork, humility and respect for elders. 24 defensive tackle in America by Rivals.com for 2005. Sports, and football in particular, has become a part of Samoan identity.
Alualu was ranked the fourth best defensive end by NFLDraftScout.com. His performance in the 40–3 blowout over Colorado won him Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Polamalu finished the 2010 season with 63 combined tackles (42 solo), 11 pass deflections, seven interceptions, one sack, and one touchdown in 14 games and 14 starts.  Despite playing in only four games during his senior season due to injury, he was named to the 1998 Super Prep All-Northwest team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, and the All-Far West League second team. , In a Sports Illustrated survey held in 2010 of 296 active NFL players, Polamalu was ranked the 9th "dirtiest player" in the NFL.  His father, Ta'avao Alualu went in and out of prison in Alualu's youth, convicted multiple times on assault and drug charges. , On September 10, 2011, the Steelers signed Polamalu to a four-year, $36.4 million contract extension that includes $10.55 million guaranteed.  Polamalu had an injury plagued season and missed Weeks 12–14 with a sprained knee.  Despite Polamalu's hard-hitting style on the gridiron, he is known off the field as a soft-spoken family man. The Steelers finished first in the AFC North with a 12–4 record and ascended back to first in the NFL for points allowed (232), but remained at 12th in passing yards (3,425). Samoans made their way to mainland collegiate squads; Ruck writes that there were 13 Samoans in the NFL in the 1970s. , Polamalu finished his college career with 278 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss, 6 interceptions, 4 blocked punts, and 3 touchdowns.
 He was named to his final Pro Bowl.
The contract includes $17.5 million guaranteed and a total value of roughly $28 million. Another focus of Ruck’s writing on sport has been the exploitation of young athletes from low-income communities or societies – a dynamic prevalent in baseball in the Dominican Republic, and increasingly in Samoa. , In the Steelers' season-opener against the Miami Dolphins, Polamalu collected a season-high ten combined tackles, defended two passes, and intercepted a pass attempt by Joey Harrington in the Steelers 28–17 victory.  In addition, he was named as a First Team All-Pro.
He started the game and made five solo tackles in their 19–31 loss. They exchange helmets. The Trojans faced #18 Colorado in the second game and Polamalu had a team-high 11 tackles. 2 player in Hawaii and the No. A hamstring injury sidelined him for the majority of the game.  In Week 4, he made six combined tackles, two pass deflections, and intercepted a pass attempt by Carson Palmer and returned it for a 26-yard touchdown during the Steelers' 28–17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
 In his first season under new defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, Polamalu finished with a career-high 96 combined tackles (67 solo), ten pass deflections, five interceptions, and one touchdown in 16 games and 16 starts. Polamalu joined Arenda Capital in 2010. In Week 7, he recorded four solo tackles and made his first sack as a Steeler, taking down Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback Andy Dalton in a 29-14 victory.. Ruck uses Seau’s story to illuminate the risks that young players are willing to face for a chance at a pro contract. On September 29, 2013, Alualu made a tackle and earned his first full sack of the season on Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck during a 37-3 loss. Tyson Asi Alualu (/ˌɑːluˈɑːluː/ AH-loo-AH-loo; born May 12, 1987) is an American football nose tackle and defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). You're representing them, your village, your church. This Saturday, Carnegie Library in Oakland will be filled with groups of people hunched over tables “frowning” at their laptops and working to build web applications for the 2015 Steel City Codefest. Polamalu has a contract with Head & Shoulders shampoo and has starred in five commercials for the product.
He was also the Head of Player Relations of the Alliance of American Football.  On February 5, 2006, he started in his first career Super Bowl and collected five combined tackles in the Steelers' 21–10 win against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.
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