Media Day with Troy

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was seemingly unfazed by the Super Bowl Media Day crush; at one point playfully soliciting free hair care samples after the crew of Entertainment Tonight honored him with the title of Best Hair at the Super Bowl.

TROY POLAMALU

On what he sees in Seattle:
"Well they're definitely not a one-dimensional team, which isn't very hard to see. I think they're very solid in every position group that they have and they're strong where we're strong as well. They have a very strong offensive line, a very fast defense and it's going be a tough match-up for us."

On what makes Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander such a great player:
"We've seen a lot of great running backs throughout the year: Jamal Lewis, LaDainian Tomlinson [and] I think he's a mix between those two. He's definitely a mix between those two. He's got very strong legs, he's very big and he's agile, so it's going to be very tough to bring him down."

On the passion he has for the game:
"I just love to play football. I think a lot of people love to play football, so it's not too different from anybody else who is doing it, loving to play football."

On his relationship with Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu:
"He redshirted when I was at USC, so I never really got to play on the same field as him. We all knew that he was going to be a great linebacker in college, but he's definitely shown that he's a great linebacker in the NFL, especially in his rookie year."

On how Tatupu has grown from his early years at USC:
"I wasn't around him too much because he redshirted the year that I was there, but, just his development, and, obviously, his football development and his maturity learning football has come a long way."

On being spiritual and reconciling the "violence of football":
"I don't view football in that way – as a violent, barbaric sport. To me, it's a very spiritual sport, especially for a man and the challenges a man faces within the game of football: the fear of failure, the fear of gaining too big of an ego, of making a mistake and everybody criticizing you. I think other than the barbaric nature of the sport, with whatever you call it, there are a lot of challenges a man faces within the sport."

On why there are a lot of Samoans in professional football:
"I think there's a lot of Samoans in professional football because it's closely related to a family atmosphere and the upbringing that a lot of Samoans have. The very family nature that a team provides [and] the closeness of big families raising Samoans. There's a respect factor that you have that you are raised with and the passion that you are supplied with in your early life is the same passion that will make you successful in football."

On his parents and ancestors coming to America:
"My generation, my cousin, my brothers and sisters, are the first generation to be born in America. I had 12 aunts and uncles – six on my mother's side of the family – all of them have five or more children. There is just a big family base on that one side and I don't know my father's side too much."

On whether he knew his father:
"I didn't grow up around my father, no. I didn't really grow up around my mother, either. I was kind of raised by a community of people. Not helter skelter-like, but I've been very blessed. Spiritually speaking, my father is in heaven and that is who I look to for all my answers and that's why my faith is very strong and why my passion is strong."

On being spiritual off the field compared with being a "Tasmanian Devil" on the field:
"I don't think I have a split personality. I believe the same person I am now, the same person I am at home – just relaxed, passionate about everything that I do, whether it's reading a bible, or just hanging out with my wife. I live my life with a passion whether it's at home or it's on the football field, there's no difference. I play football with a passion."

On whether the events of today seem surreal:
"I think we all have egos. Some of us try to accentuate that more than others. But this is pretty overwhelming. Having all these people around here and having all you guys around here. It's pretty cool."

On why he keeps his hair long and whether that gives him an identity:
"It doesn't give me an identity. I think it gives the media an identity for me. But I just let it grow. I let it grow throughout college and I think it's just become a part of me because it's like a fifth appendage now."


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