Few in the NFL are more familiar with head injuries these days than Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.Last season, Polamalu left two games because of head trauma. This is only a small portion of his history with concussions. Polamalu reportedly had at least three concussions while at USC and two while playing high school football.But Polamalu wouldn't dissuade his sons from playing football. In fact, he would 'absolutely' want them to play the game.
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Troy Polamalu followed coach Mike Tomlin's orders and came to the Steelers' OTAs for the second straight year. And he came in great shape. Polamalu told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he's changed his offseason routine in an effort to stay healthy for the 2013 season. A troublesome calf injury has limited him over the last four years. Per the paper, Polamalu looks trim and fit. "I have done quite a bit of different things this offseason," Polamalu said. "There are a lot of different rehabs and training I am doing. I feel good, thank God."
Analysis: Polamalu averaged just under five total tackles per game last season with minimal stats thrown in. That's a change from the 5.7 tackles per game he had in 16 appearances in 2011. Father time seems to keep catching up with Polamalu, who once was a great Fantasy option but now is a borderline No. 3 choice. He's late-round material on Draft Day.
By Mark Kaboly, McKeesport Daily NewsFor the first time in his career, Troy Polamalu felt like he suffered an injury that could have been prevented. Now, the Steelers’ veteran safety ...
PITTSBURGH — Troy Polamalu walked off the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice field on Tuesday with rookie safety Shamarko Thomas hanging on the veteran safety's every word.To be honest, Polamalu admits it's still a little strange to think that in the last decade he's morphed from precocious talent into respected leader. Yet he knows being a mentor is part of his job description these days, and for a team in the midst of startling change, it's a role he'll eagerly fill.