Q&A: Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu signed a five-year, $33 million contract extension that will keep him with the Pittsburgh Steelers through the 2011 season. His signing and roster bonuses total $15.375 million and he'll make $2.85 million in salary this season. Following is the transcript of Polamalu's talk with reporters following the conditioning test:

TROY POLAMALU, strong safety, Pittsburgh Steelers

What are your feelings on the contract?

Very excited. Very excited.

Did you want to get it done before camp?

It was something I wanted to get done before the offseason started. I guess it was kind of hanging over my head throughout the offseason but I had confidence that it would be done before camp.

You ran anyway?

Yeah. This is a good thing. It wasn't very challenging so it was good to get your legs under you.

How different was the run compared to previous years?

It was a lot different. I don't want to say too many bad things because I want them to keep doing this run. It wasn't too challenging.

What does this new contract mean to you?

It means that I have to work harder and go out and earn it. It's very exciting for my wife and I. We've felt very welcome in this city and I think this contract really puts our roots down here.

Does it matter to you that you're the highest paid safety in the league?

First and foremost I wanted it to be a fair contract. A lot of people are making a lot of money out there, so I wanted it to be very fair and I wanted it to be here and those are the most important things. I have no control over what other people make.

Because it's so much money does it put more pressure on you?

No, you've got to earn the money. It's not for what I did in the past, it's for what I've got to go out and earn now.

What accomplishments do you envision now?

Four Super Bowls in a row. Who knows.

Do you have an upside that you thought of realistically?

Just go out and play hard. That's all I can do as an individual.

Are those Cleveland Browns socks?

They are. They're Jim Brown's old socks.

You can finally afford them, huh?

There goes my whole check.

Are there any plans for the money?

Not at all. My wife and I are just going to really live the same lifestyle we've been living.

Was going back to the west coast ever an issue?

Oh, no, never. What I really wanted is the west coast weather to come here. That was what I wanted.

What is the hook? Why did you want to be here?

This is home. I didn't want to be a player that was jumping from team to team. I've always felt comfortable here. I think this organization and its tradition, what they have here is very legendary in that sense and I always wanted to be a part of that.

Troy, I missed your initial comments. What's your overall reaction to getting this done?

Very happy that it's done. The Rooneys were very fair and I think both sides were very happy to get this done very peacefully, without any feelings hurt.

Did you get involved? Or did you just say don't talk to me till it's done?

That was kind of the position I took.

Do you look at what Alan Faneca's gone through and say that's something I don't want to feel?

Definitely. Definitely. I feel for Alan. It's a shame because he's got a wife and kids and he's got his lifestyle to uphold. You hope he can get something done that's fair.

How does it feel to be back in camp?

I'll tell you away from the camera.

You're not a big fan of camp?

I don't know. It's like going through boot camp every year. The army only does it once. We have to do it every year.

How do you feel about all the two-a-days?

I don't know. He's not a dumb coach. He's not going to go out and kill us. He knows we have 16 games to play and an extra preseason game. He'll be fine with us.

Did you set any goals for the season?

No.

Can this team be better than last year?

Definitely. We didn't make the playoffs. I think we have an opportunity to do that. We definitely have a strong foundation and I think we kept some strong elements around.

Troy, are you picking up a sports franchise in Johnstown?

No.

It was reported that you were buying an Arena football team?

Oh, no. I have no idea about that. It'd be pretty fun though.


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\r\n\r\n\r\nTROY POLAMALU, strong safety, Pittsburgh Steelers\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nWhat are your feelings on the contract?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nVery excited. Very excited.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nDid you want to get it done before camp?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nIt was something I wanted to get done before the offseason started. I guess it was kind of hanging over my head throughout the offseason but I had confidence that it would be done before camp.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nYou ran anyway?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nYeah. This is a good thing. It wasn't very challenging so it was good to get your legs under you.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nHow different was the run compared to previous years?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nIt was a lot different. I don't want to say too many bad things because I want them to keep doing this run. It wasn't too challenging.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nWhat does this new contract mean to you?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nIt means that I have to work harder and go out and earn it. It's very exciting for my wife and I. We've felt very welcome in this city and I think this contract really puts our roots down here.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nDoes it matter to you that you're the highest paid safety in the league?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nFirst and foremost I wanted it to be a fair contract. A lot of people are making a lot of money out there, so I wanted it to be very fair and I wanted it to be here and those are the most important things. I have no control over what other people make.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nBecause it's so much money does it put more pressure on you?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nNo, you've got to earn the money. It's not for what I did in the past, it's for what I've got to go out and earn now.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nWhat accomplishments do you envision now?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nFour Super Bowls in a row. Who knows.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nDo you have an upside that you thought of realistically?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nJust go out and play hard. That's all I can do as an individual.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nAre those Cleveland Browns socks?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nThey are. They're Jim Brown's old socks.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nYou can finally afford them, huh?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nThere goes my whole check.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nAre there any plans for the money?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nNot at all. My wife and I are just going to really live the same lifestyle we've been living.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nWas going back to the west coast ever an issue?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nOh, no, never. What I really wanted is the west coast weather to come here. That was what I wanted.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nWhat is the hook? Why did you want to be here?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nThis is home. I didn't want to be a player that was jumping from team to team. I've always felt comfortable here. I think this organization and its tradition, what they have here is very legendary in that sense and I always wanted to be a part of that.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nTroy, I missed your initial comments. What's your overall reaction to getting this done?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nVery happy that it's done. The Rooneys were very fair and I think both sides were very happy to get this done very peacefully, without any feelings hurt.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nDid you get involved? Or did you just say don't talk to me till it's done?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nThat was kind of the position I took.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nDo you look at what Alan Faneca's gone through and say that's something I don't want to feel?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nDefinitely. Definitely. I feel for Alan. It's a shame because he's got a wife and kids and he's got his lifestyle to uphold. You hope he can get something done that's fair.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nHow does it feel to be back in camp?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nI'll tell you away from the camera.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nYou're not a big fan of camp?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nI don't know. It's like going through boot camp every year. The army only does it once. We have to do it every year.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nHow do you feel about all the two-a-days?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nI don't know. He's not a dumb coach. He's not going to go out and kill us. He knows we have 16 games to play and an extra preseason game. He'll be fine with us.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nDid you set any goals for the season?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nNo.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nCan this team be better than last year?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nDefinitely. We didn't make the playoffs. I think we have an opportunity to do that. We definitely have a strong foundation and I think we kept some strong elements around.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nTroy, are you picking up a sports franchise in Johnstown?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nNo.\r\n\r\n \r\n

\r\nIt was reported that you were buying an Arena football team?\r\n

\r\n \r\n\r\nOh, no. I have no idea about that. It'd be pretty fun though.\r\n

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