Troy Polamalu is better than you and me.

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Awesome Comet, a reader, not the Hale-Bopp kind, informed me that a regional newspaper called Point of Light had done an interview with that sweet, sweet eye candy Troy Polamalu. Lucky me, I live near a display and walked over yesterday to pick up my very own copy of the mag.

My conclusion after reading Troy say more than he’s ever said publicly is this: Troy is better than you and me … by a lot. Oh, and he’s got a REAL lucky wife.

Some things you all might be interested in (lots of God talk here):

1. Troy’s football nickname given by Steelers staff is TP. I’m sure there’s a joke to be made using his nickname and the Dirty Brown Towel, but it is escaping me at the moment. Write your own.

2. Troy practices for 30 extra minutes at each practice.

3. Troy deflects praise constantly by calling his talent a “divine blessing” and saying he “shouldn’t get ANY credit for it.”

4. He says about football: “Football is part of my life but not life itself.” (There are about 50,000 Burghers who would beg to differ.) He goes on, “Football is what attaches me to this world and provides a living for my family, but what’s really beautiful is that football gives me confirmation of how I can carry out my faith. It’s my way to glorify God.”

5. “Love overcomes all things. My love to glorify God through my playing will far outweigh anybody’s hate for me.” Tell that to the next guy you intercept.

6. He’s got a VERY good point when he says: “We can die for God, but I don’t believe we should kill for God. These idiosyncrasies wtihin religions and how this can cause wars — it’s crazy because they lose their religion’s foundation in the process.” Word, Yoda. Word.

7. He makes the Sign of the Cross sometimes during plays because “I’m asking for God’s support in those moments. .. Sometimes, I’m just scared to do wrong. I wish not to do wrong.” We wish not for you to do wrong too, also … er.

8. Troy is on the Zone diet and has been for years.

9. Regarding his Gatorade comments: “My argument was that water is God’s greatest gift to life. I don’t understand why a beautiful apple tree has to drink Gatorade or have electrolytes, you know?”

10. He and his lucky lucky wife meditate and do eye gazing. “We just sit knee to knee and look into each other’s eyes. You can go from tears to laughter, it’s really beautiful.” Ladies, show of hands, who would like to sit knee to knee with Troy for just five minutes and eye gaze?

11. He refers to his wife as “a perfect, beautiful butterfly.”

12. Staying in the Burgh? “I’m truly content with whatever God calls me to do — if it’s football or if it isn’t. If it’s football then I’d love to stay in Pittsburgh.” My God, it better damn well be football.

13. Troy cries. He cried during a Cincy game in his second year when he tripped and he cried when he and his wife were visiting the basilica at St. Vincent’s and a ray of light shone on them.

14. And to truly make you melt: “Everyone has a fire inside them. Some burn hotter than others because they’re putting more fuel on it. I seek truth and believe everybody else seeks truth — maybe with a different intensity, but if that’s your intent, the information is out there … [he smiles and presses a hand to his heart] … and the information, I would say, is in here.”

I’m burning pretty hot right now. And whether you believe in God and Jesus or not, how can you fault a man who so purely speaks of his passions this way? Ya can’t! Ya just can’t. I need a spritz of ice water.


  1. Z
    September 19, 2006 2:34 pm

    Excuse me while I go fan mahself…oh MY Mr. Palomalu, you do go ON!

  2. Z
    September 19, 2006 2:37 pm

    Oh and yeah, re: No. 13? I’d shine all over him too.

  3. Matt H
    September 19, 2006 3:20 pm

    He shouldn’t have played last night, he looked bad out there.

  4. bigslacker
    September 19, 2006 4:06 pm

    Troy makes me feel like less of a man….like I need that.

    It has to be an one can be that centered. Just wait until life tosses him around a bit.

  5. Maria
    September 19, 2006 5:58 pm

    If I recall the GQ article correctly (it was hard tearing myself away from the pictures to read the story) he grew up in a rough neighborhood and had siblings who were in jail and unwed mothers but eventually was sent to live in a more rural setting with some relatives whose name he took.

    So I think he has been tossed around a bit already…

  6. ethan
    September 20, 2006 8:41 am

    ok, i’ll distract Theodora while you have your way with Mr. P

  7. Julie_Gong
    September 20, 2006 11:25 am

    10. I’ll put my hand up to that.
    13. Although no light even shone on me well because I never went to the basilica for church I could see how it could have that affect.

  8. bigslacker
    September 21, 2006 7:30 am

    Maria…damn you and your silly facts.
    Rampant speculation is always more fun.

  9. Ron C
    September 29, 2007 7:19 pm

    What relegion is he or does he practice and what relegion is his wife

  10. pittgirl
    September 29, 2007 7:47 pm

    Ron, Troy and his wife are Greek Orthodox.

  11. oweng
    March 27, 2008 3:04 pm

    He should hang up his boots and start preaching (professionally that is)