Troy Polamalu praises current Steelers team, says Pittsburgh could be dangerous if they make the playoffs
Polamalu is proud of what the current Steelers, despite their injuries, have been able to accomplish
"I think it's (a) really awesome coaching job to be very frank, for the coaches to miss so much talent and to continue to be in the position to make the playoffs," Polamalu said of the Steelers, who have won six of their last seven games. "That's what this game is all about.
"One thing that we had always kind of told each other internally is, 'They never wanna see us in the playoffs.' They never wanna see the Steelers in the playoffs because that's really where the guts come out, where the real personality of what the legacy of the Pittsburgh Steeler means to everyone. When we get an opportunity to display that in the playoffs, for us, it was a win-win situation. For the current team, to continue to put themselves in this position, where if they can make it to the playoffs, to me, it will just show how dangerous they could really be if they do make it."
Polamalu was extremely humble when asked how it feels to be a semi-finalist for the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. An eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro, Polamalu, regarded as one of the greatest strong safeties in NFL history, was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.
"Honestly, I've kinda been really indifferent towards receiving any type of award or recognition because, for a sport like football, it's such a team-oriented sport. It's hard to really talk about individual players, especially coming from teams that I've been a part of, thank God, for the 12 years that I played for the Steelers," he said. "There's definitely more than a handful of players that I've played with that are more deserving of this award.
Aside from his ability as a player, the way Polamalu conducted himself during his time in Pittsburgh made him one of the most beloved players in franchise history.