Troy Polamalu is a former American football player who played as a strong safety. He spent his entire NFL career with Pittsburgh Steelers. He also played football at the University of Southern California and earned consensus All-American.
Polamalu was born as Troy Aumua Polamalu on April 19, 1981, in Garden Grove, California. He is of American nationality and is of Samoan descent. His zodiac sign is Aries. He was born to Suila Polamalu.
Early Life & High School Career
Polamalu joined Douglas High School in Winston, Oregon, where he played football for his school team. In high school, he also lettered in baseball and basketball, where he received all-state and all-league honors.
Upon high school graduation, he got a scholarship to play for the University of Southern California Trojans football team. Polamalu started his college career in 1999 as a freshman, playing as a safety and linebacker. He registered 12 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles in his college career.
Apart from freshman season, he performed well in his freshman-sophomore season and junior season. Due to his remarkable performance, he won USC’s MVP award and also voted a first-team All-American by Football Writers and College and Pro Football News Weekly.
The Steelers in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft picked Polamalu. His first Super Bowl debut was in Super Bowl XL in 2006, when the Steelers gained a franchise fifth Super Bowl upon defeating the Seahawks by a score of 21-10.
Polamalu was highest-paid defensive backs in the league when he agreed to a four-year contract extension, worth just over $30 million and $15 million in guarantees.
He signed three years of extension contract with the Steelers on March 5, 2014. Polamalu took retirement from professional football on April 10, 2015. He accomplished his 12-year career with 770 tackles, 32 interceptions, and 3 touchdowns.
Personal Life & Affair
Polamalu and his wife Theodora Holmes met in 2003. Theodora’s brother Alex who is also a football player introduced them to each other. They dated for a year and engaged in 2004, and married the next year in 2005.
Currently, Polamalu lives in North Hills with his small family that includes his wife and two sons named Paisios Polamalu and Ephraim Polamalu. Upon retirement, he has a plentiful time for his family. He gives a lot of time to his wife and children.
Polamalu hobbies include surfing, listening to music, and growing flowers, making furniture, and playing the Piano. He is the devoted Christian and believes in the faith of Jesus Christ.
Polamalu and his wife founded a foundation called Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation that collaborated with the Harry Panos Fund to honor Theodora’s grandfather, who served in World War II. Polamalu received a degree in history on May 13, 2011, from the University of Southern California.
Net Worth, Media & Endorsements
Polamalu appeared on the cover of Madden NFL 10 with Larry Fitzgerald and is supposedly a sufferer of the “Madden Curse”. He also had a small voice role in the 2016 film Moana.
He is also popular for his endorsements and commercials. Polamalu has made a contract with Head & Shoulders and appeared in the five commercials for the products including Reebok.
Polamalu has maintained a pretty bank balance through his earnings. Currently, he is living a lavish life with luxurious cars and a huge mansion. He earns a massive salary throughout is career that adds up to his current net worth of $30 million. During his peak career, he had an annual salary of $6.
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