The Pittsburgh Steelers have had many players enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH, but only one has been enshrined in the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. That player is none other than Troy Polamalu. Polamalu received a ring a the ceremony, and gave a speech. You can see it in its entirety below.
Polamalu talks openly about his love for the Polynesian culture, what it means to him and ultimately how it not only shaped him into a better athlete, but a better human being. Polamalu talks about his time at the University of Southern California, and how it helped catapult him into the NFL. He even gets choked up when thanking his wife for all the sacrifices she made for him to fulfill his dream of playing football in the NFL.
What couldn't be ignored was how Polamalu didn't thank, or mention, the Steelers organization. This coming after Dan Rooney wrote a letter which was read before Polamalu took the stage. Many feel Polamalu was hurt by how he was essentially shoved out the door after the 2014 season, and this gesture, or lack thereof, sure doesn't help put those rumors to bed.
Nonetheless, congratulations to Troy Polamalu on his induction into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame!