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If you grew up a Steeler fan like I did, you would know that Troy Polamalu was a household name. This man did the impossible on a weekly basis and was one of the most feared safeties in the league (the only guy who was close was Ed Reed). He will long be remembered as one of the all-time greats to wear the black and gold. His pick-six against the Ravens to seal the 2008 AFC Championship is a play that will resonate with an entire generation of yinzers. Here are just a few of the best plays from Dr. Head and Shoulders himself:

With all that being said, this is not just a blog praising the Samoan God.

This is a heads up to all of college football, because Polamalu’s even scarier nephew has just committed to Nebraska. The rest of the Big Ten should just start praying now.


A consensus four-star safety, Pola-Gates chose the Huskers during a televised announcement Saturday night at the Polynesian Bowl in Honolulu. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect from Williams Field High School in Gilbert, Arizona, turned down finalists USC and Arizona State after trimming Alabama from his list last month.

– Evan Bland,

Apparently, it’s been reported that Pola-Gates runs a 4.41 forty yard dash, which is absurdly fast. Here are just a few of his highlights:

God help us. The next generation of Polamalu DNA is about to hit the NCAA. If he even has half the instinct his uncle had on the field, he’s going to be a force for the Huskers when he gets to Lincoln. And if we’re lucky, he’ll get involved in the kick return game, too. With Nebraska actually being considered to be a sneaky Big Ten West contender this upcoming season, I’ll be interested to see how much of a factor he’ll be in college football (the NFL too, maybe?) going forward.

I’m just hoping we get a Troy-esque highlight or two like this while he’s still in Lincoln.

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