Troy Polamalu is an all-time NFL great. There is no question about that. That’s precisely why he was inducted into the Hall of Fame over the weekend.
Polamalu was represented by Dick LeBeau on the night, the longtime defensive coordinator for the Steelers. As a matter of fact, LeBeau served as the defensive coordinator in Pittsburg for 11 of Polamalu’s 12 seasons with the team and they even won two Super Bowls together.
Further, Polamalu and several of his Steelers’ teammates were on hand when LeBeau’s own playing career got a Hall of Fame nod back in 2010. And on Saturday night, it all came full circle.
“As a football player, a special teams coach, a position coach, a coordinator, a head coach, nobody has done it all like he has,” Polamalu said of LeBeau after the Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII. “He’s done everything but own a team. He’s more deserving than Vince Lombardi, if you’re talking to me.”
The official ESPN Twitter account posted video of the unveiling. Polamalu and LeBeau no doubt share a special bond, and you can see it as they lift up the veil together to reveal Polamalu’s very own bust, much to the crowd’s pleasure. After fans give him a loud cheer, he then rotates it around in 360 degrees to show off every detail of his glorious hair. Respect to whoever designed and sculpted this one, it was spot on.
Take a look at the footage down below. You can see emotion all over Polamalu’s face.
“Troy Polamalu is a Hall of Famer and has one of the best busts in Canton,” ESPN wrote alongside the video.
An Incredible NFL Career for Troy Polamalu
After Saturday evening’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Troy Polamalu’s NFL legacy is now cemented forever. Polamalu, of course, played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 12 seasons from 2003 until 2014. In doing so, he made eight Pro Bowls and was selected as a first-team All-Pro Safety four times. He also got second-team All-Pro honors twice and was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.
Further, Troy Polamalu was selected as a member of the NFL’s 2000s all0decade team. He is also a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers all-time team. You would think the Pro Football Hall of Fame would be enough. But the Steelers great was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame back in 2019. That was thanks to his playing days at the University of Southern California.
With his induction on Saturday, however, it does hold some extra-special value. Polamalu became only the third player of Polynesian descent to ever be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In the closing moments of his induction speech, Polamalu says, “I was destined to stand before you.”