HEAD FIRST POLAMALU A WARRIOR ON THE FIELD, A THINKER OFF IT.
Byline: Billy Witz Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Somewhere from the hidden corners of restaurants, Troy Polamalu Troy Aumua Polamalu (born Troy Benjamin Aumua on April 19, 1981 in Garden Grove, California) is an American football player who plays strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. He is of Samoan descent. and his wife, Theodora, are watching.
They're not looking for Looking for
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Then, quietly, they ask their server for that table's bill and cover it.
``We like to spot a couple, just see somebody that makes us think, `Man, they're having such a beautiful time,' '' Polamalu said. `` 'Let's make this even more beautiful for them and share this blessing that we've received.' ''
Such random acts of kindness might surprise people who know the Steelers' All-Pro safety only for his wild hair and wild-eyed play, which seems to earn him as many personal-foul penalties as it does plaudits.
But when Polamalu, who will lead Pittsburgh into Indianapolis in an AFC (1) (Application Foundation Classes) A class library from Microsoft that provides an application framework and graphics, graphical user interface (GUI) and multimedia routines for Java programmers. Divisional playoff game Noun 1. playoff game - one game in the series of games constituting a playoff
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playoff - any final competition to determine a championship Sunday, sheds his uniform and wraps his hair into a bun, it's as if he's transformed, from warrior to ascetic.
He speaks softly and gently, as if in an amplified whisper. If the subject is not Xs and Os, for which his answers are brief and rote, he is thoughtful and engaging.
``He has an intellectual bent to him. He likes to know the why and wherefore For which reason.
The term wherefore is frequently used in an averment (a positive statement of fact set out in the pleadings that must be filed with a court by the parties to a legal action)—for example, "wherefore the defendant says that such contract ,'' Pittsburgh defensive coordinator A defensive coordinator typically refers to a coach on a football team in the National Football League or college football who is in charge of the defense. This position aids the head coach a great deal in many ways by delegating play calling to other coaches and allowing the head Dick LeBeau Charles Richard "Dick" LeBeau (born September 9, 1937 in London, Ohio) is a former football player and is currently the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator.
LeBeau attended Ohio State University, playing for famed coach Woody Hayes, and was on the 1957 national said. ``He's probably the exact opposite on the field.''
In the locker room, Polamalu is considered a good teammate, but not one of the guys. When teammates at USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code. tried to drag him to parties at the Playboy Mansion, he passed. Not once in his three years in Pittsburgh, he says, has he been out to a bar or night club.
He'd rather be home with Theodora and their three dogs, studying video, reading, or pursuing his passions outside of football, which have ranged over the years from cultivating orchids and wood carving wood carving, as an art form, includes any kind of sculpture in wood, from the decorative bas-relief on small objects to life-size figures in the round, furniture, and architectural decorations.
The woods used vary greatly in hardness and grain. to fly-fishing and wine-making.
``The stereotype of the pro athlete - the guy who flaunts his money, has lots of cars, jewelry, women, that's not Troy,'' said fellow Steelers safety Chris Hope For the Rushden & Diamonds footballer, see Chris Hope (footballer)
Chris Hope (born September 29, 1980, in Rock Hill, South Carolina) is an American Football player who played free safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and is currently with the Tennessee Titans. .
As compliments go, it's not a bad one to Polamalu.
He grew up in a family of football players, a half-dozen relatives having excelled at the sport. His brother, Kaio Aumua, played at UTEP UTEP University of Texas at El Paso
UTEP Urban, Technological & Environmental Planning ; his cousin, Nicky Sualua, played at Ohio State and then with the Cincinnati Bengals
Pola was a fullback for the University of Southern California between 1982 and 1985. , was a fullback at USC and now is the Jacksonville Jaguars' running backs coach.
Polamalu figures one of the first sentences he uttered was that he wanted to be a football player.
Still, he never envisioned himself as just a football player.
``Some people are attracted to acting or any big job for the prestige,'' said Polamalu, 24, who has been named to the Pro Bowl the last two seasons. ``But some people act because they love to act and some people play football because they love to play football. I have the feeling I have a calling to play football.
``I won't say I don't do "I Don't Do" was the debut single by glamour model Michelle Marsh, released on 6 November 2006. The single reached 27 in the UK in its first week, selling only 9,000 copies and over 16,000 copies as of January 2007. The single spend a total of four weeks in the Top 75. it for the fans, but I don't do it for prestige and to get my face out there so I can be famous.''
In a city like Pittsburgh, where fans ask to be buried in Steelers jerseys, that can be problematic. Having your dinner interrupted by autograph seekers is one thing; having them knock on Noun 1. knock on - (rugby) knocking the ball forward while trying to catch it (a foul)
rugby, rugby football, rugger - a form of football played with an oval ball
rugby, rugby football, rugger - a form of football played with an oval ball your front door is another.
``You can take any guy on the 53-man roster and stand them next to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and walk down the street here and people would go, 'Oh, that's so and so - and who are those other two people?' '' Polamalu said. ``It's nice that you can affect people's lives in a positive way, but there's a down side to it. Sometimes people can be a little insensitive.''
And so, while Polamalu did pose for a Sports Illustrated Sports Illustrated is the largest weekly American sports magazine owned by media conglomerate Time Warner. It has over 3 million subscribers and is read by 23 million adults each week, including over 18 million men, 19% of the adult males in the country. cover earlier this season, you're unlikely to see him endorsing any hair-care products. It is also why he declined a Pittsburgh reporter's request to discuss his good deeds for a story.
``We didn't do it for (the attention), we did it for the moment,'' Polamalu said. ``It's not like we're just paying for their meal. We'll write a note and give them a Bible verse and put that on the receipt because we really don't feel like we want any prestige.''
Religion plays a central role in the Polamalus' lives. He went to Catholic schools, and spent time in Mormon and Protestant churches This is a list of Protestant churches by denomination. Anglican/Episcopal Church
Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
Anglican Diocese of Auckland
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= Parish of Kaitaiawhen he was younger, but there was no epiphany. Instead, as he grew older he began to consider where he came from, and his faith deepened.
``My parents divorced before I turned 1. All three of my older brothers and sisters were in and out of jail. My brother (overdosed). When I was a kid, I started getting in trouble, which made me move to Oregon, where I was raised by my aunt and uncle, away from my immediate family,'' said Polamalu, who lived in Santa Ana Santa Ana, city, El Salvador
Santa Ana (sän'tä ä`nä), city (1993 pop. 129,873), W El Salvador. It is the second largest city in the country and the commercial and processing center for a sugarcane, coffee, and cattle region. until the fourth grade. ``Honestly, I would be a fool not to recognize the work that God has done in my life.''
If there is a trait Polamalu carries with him on the football field or away from it, it is passion. On the field, it shows up in the frenetic way he bounces around the field, leading Hope to dub him the Tasmanian Devil Tasmanian devil, extremely voracious marsupial, or pouched mammal, of the dasyure family, now found only on the island of Tasmania. The Tasmanian devil, Sarcophilus harrisi, formerly found also in Australia, is about 2 ft (60 cm) long, excluding the 12-in. . Or the way he diligently studies film. Away from football, it is evident in the way he pours himself into whatever interests him at the moment.
In high school, near his hometown of Tenmile, Ore., (pop. 701), it was wood-carving, which he learned at the knee of his wood shop teacher. Polamalu made cabinets, mirrors, end tables and coffee tables that he sold to make money.
At USC, he learned to play the piano and read music, and also began to explore his Island roots, joining Polynesian dance clubs and learning the Samoan language.
His more recent interests include growing orchids and learning to fly-fish, hobbies that don't quite fit under the rubric RUBRIC, civil law. The title or inscription of any law or statute, because the copyists formerly drew and painted the title of laws and statutes rubro colore, in red letters. Ayl. Pand. B. 1, t. 8; Diet. do Juris. h.t. of ``when in Pittsburgh. ...''
Nevertheless, explain to Polamalu, apologetically, that you don't really know much about orchids and he jumps right into a dissertation.
``Orchids are one of the most amazing plants out there,'' he said, later explaining that he's always found a peace while tending to plants. ``They are very delicate, very temperamental. You've got to take great care of them, even more than a child, for them to even think about blooming. Some are easier to grow than others, but they're very, very beautiful flowers.''
And the next thing you know, he's explained that there's roughly 25,000 species of orchids and the difference between epiphytes (grow on trees), lithophytes (grow on rocks) and terrestrials (grow on the ground), some of which grow only in cold weather, others that do best where it's humid.
As for fly-fishing, well, who knew that a place called Spruce Creek, out near State College a few hours to the east of Pittsburgh, was one of the best places in the country to match wits with trout?
Polamalu smiles when he's asked how many of his teammates would be interested in these pursuits, noting that he prefers reggae to rap and probably feels more at home with the veterans who have families.
But it doesn't seem to be an issue - with him or them.
``Troy doesn't like to party, he doesn't like to hang out with the fellas, but that doesn't make him a black (sheep) or a loner loner Psychiatry A single young man estranged from society and family, who suffers from psychogenic pain, and tends to live 'on the edge', vacillating between aggression and depression; loners often have unrealistic goals, but are unable to work towards those goals ,'' Hope said. ``He's different, but that's who he is.''
And it's also why he met his wife, the younger sister of former USC teammate Alex Holmes.
``I know the life of college and pro athletes going out and stuff and there would never, ever be the possibility of any guy even talking to my sister,'' said Holmes, a tight end with the Dolphins. ``But when Troy asked me if he could go out with her, I couldn't have been happier. He's such an exceptional person.''
If nothing, Polamalu undertakes is without purpose or is accomplished without patience, then it stands to reason the same could be said about his most distinguishing feature - his hair.
He hasn't cut his black, wavy locks, which hang down over the back of his shoulder pads, since he was a sophomore at USC. Actually, the idea started out as a lark.
``In college, you don't care about these things,'' Polamalu said. ``Then all of a sudden, it started to become my fifth appendage appendage /ap·pen·dage/ (ah-pen´dij) a subordinate portion of a structure, or an outgrowth, such as a tail.
epiploic appendages see under appendix . . I'm too scared to cut it off now.''
Most of the time, Polamalu keeps it under wraps. In practice it's tucked under his helmet. Afterward, he dresses at his locker with it wrapped up in a towel and leaves with it tied in a bun. As a rookie, he planned to keep his hair under his helmet until he had earned a starting role.
``Then we go to San Francisco on a Monday night game and Ronnie Lott was there, I think getting his number retired, and I was back in California, the air was great, the energy was there - I finally just let it out,'' he said.
``Some people say it's a Samson thing, but I don't think so. I didn't take a Nazarene vow or anything. It's just hair. The best explanation is that throughout history, every great warrior - the Greeks, the Samurais, the American Indians, the Mongolians, you name it - had long hair and would dress it before battle. I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. why today is so different. In the military, you've got to have short hair.
``If there's significance, it's that you let everything loose on game day.''
Game day is the one day of the week that Polamalu isn't so soft-spoken or thoughtful, the one day on which he can play the role of the frenetic warrior. It's the one day when he is more likely to hand someone his lunch, rather than pay for it.
Billy Witz, (818) 713-3621
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(1 -- color) Troy Polamalu, known for his wild style of play, ``has an intellectual bent to him,'' says Steelers' coordinator Dick LeBeau.
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(2) Steelers All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu has diverse interests off the football field, from cultivating orchids and wood carving to fly-fishing and wine-making.
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