Troy Polamalu will cut his hair to honor veterans

Karl Walter

The most recognizable Steelers veteran will change his look to honor American veterans.

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu announced Thursday he will cut his hair on Veterans Day, in conjunction with the VFW and the VFW Mane Event campaign.

Polamalu is looking to spread awareness of issues facing American veterans, and stand united with them.

Polamalu, famous for his long, black hair that he has said he hasn't cut since his college days at USC (over 10 years), will get his first haircut as a Steeler on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Steelers fans have seen Polamalu's flowing hair as a positive aspect of a dreadful season so far. He looks as fast as he's ever been, and is leading a Steelers defense that has shown some flashes of high-level ability while working in multiple younger players, including safety Shamarko Thomas.

Thomas was drafted and expected to learn under Polamalu and Ryan Clark in 2013. He hasn't said if he'll cut his hair or not, but anyone can go to the VFW Mane Event web site to make a donation, or challenge others to cut their hair to help support veterans.

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