Take a listen to Pittsburgh Steelers legend Troy Polamalu’s full Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech on Saturday night.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is holding two induction ceremonies this weekend for the Classes of 2020 and 2021. The Pittsburgh Steelers were heavily represented in the 2020 class, with the likes of defensive back Donnie Shell and head coach Bill Cowher receiving induction. Perhaps the speech Steelers Nation was most looking forward to was that of safety Troy Polamalu.
If you happened to miss Polamalu’s Hall of Fame induction speech on Saturday, the Steelers’ official Twitter account has you covered with the full nine-and-a-half minute speech.
Steelers legend Troy Polamalu inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame
Prior to the start of the ceremony, Polamalu received his official Hall of Fame gold jacket after missing the event on Friday due to COVID-19 protocols. Just before giving his speech, Polamalu unveiled his bust alongside his presenter, Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. And yes, the bust featured Polamalu’s signature long hair.
Polamalu, a standout with the USC Trojans, was selected with the 16th-overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Through his 12-year career with the Steelers, Polamalu recorded 783 combined tackles, 107 defended passes, 32 interceptions, 14 forced fumbles (seven recoveries), 12 quarterback hits, 12 sacks and five defensive touchdowns. The safety earned eight Pro Bowl and four All-Pro nominations, in addition to winning two Super Bowl titles and the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 2010.
Fans knew how great of a player Polamalu was throughout his playing days, but it was further solidified after he was named a Hall of Fame inductee in his very first year on the ballot. Now, he is forever immortalized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.