Words matter. These are the best Troy Polamalu Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
As a territory, American Samoa has no representation in the U.S. Senate, and we Samoans lost a respected and powerful ally with the passing of Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye.
All of my Polynesian counterparts in the NFL with roots in American Samoa understand how the values embedded in our South Pacific culture – community, hard work, perseverance, respect – contribute directly to our success.
Pride is tough. You go to high school, and its ‘pride,’ ‘courage;’ it’s all these types of words that we use to motivate us. I don’t think there’s anywhere in the Scriptures through the saints’ lives where pride was ever a positive characteristic of anybody.
I am proud of my heritage and have happily taken advantage of every opportunity to educate my teammates and Steeler Nation about American Samoa, both as a player and in the community, through the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Injury in general teaches you to appreciate every moment. I’ve had my share of injuries throughout my career. It’s humbling. It gives you perspective. No matter how many times I’ve been hurt, I’ve learned from that injury and come back even more humble.
Three English bulldogs count for one kid.
I think that’s a struggle of every Christian, to be able to get to that point where they’re in constant prayer with God – so that everything they do, in thought, in speech, in work, is praising God and worshipping God.
When I cook, it’s something nobody else would enjoy.
I love the atmosphere football brings; I love being around my teammates; I love the struggle in football. I love the fact that it is a part of my life. I don’t look at it as any more important or less important as any other part of my life.
I grew up as a kind of nondenominational Christian. I have two uncles who are Baptist ministers. I went to a Samoan church when I was younger. I went to a Catholic school, so I was actually able to experience a lot of different religions. Mormonism, as well. My father in-law, who I’m very close with, is a Muslim.
After a training camp workout, my body is eager to replace nutrients and energy that are lost during the workout. It’s best to have a quick bite about 30 minutes after practice. I like to have yogurt and granola, the combination of carbs and protein helps me recover after a long and tiring workout.
It’s the perfect environment for prayer. Chanting in Greek… is like a beautiful opera, but way better.
What’s really neat about the Orthodox church is that it’s like walking back in time 2,000 years to the time of the Apostles, when they created these services. You walk into that and it’s really like… living it. They have maintained the truth ever since the beginning.
Our sport is not made for anybody to be able to play it, especially at the NFL level, so there’s obviously some risk that we all take knowingly.
Anybody who’s away from what’s normal is just kind of pushed aside as, ‘Oh, he’s crazy.’ But in reality, this world is crazy. It’s just chaos everywhere. It’s really hard to be part of this world, because it’s very possessed. And very egocentric.
My best vacation memory is getting barreled at the beach in Hawaii.
You have the women sitting on the left and the men sitting on the right. Everything is to keep your mind focused on God… To me the most beautiful thing anyone on earth can experience, other than maybe marriage and child-bearing, would be the Orthodox Liturgy.
Whenever I do the sign of the cross, it always brings comfort in situations when you are faced with adversity and stress.
I love Hawaii. I really enjoy surfing in Oahu, and Waianae is such a great area. And Maui – I like Maui a lot, too.
Football is pretty much played 16 times a year, where training is kind of a year-round thing.
I didn’t grow up around my father. I didn’t really grow up around my mother, either. I was raised by a community of people. 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.
Playing professional sports, it’s important to eat healthy and take care of your body. In the offseason, rest is really important to me.
My joy in my life comes from my strength in my life and in my experience with God. That cannot be separated from football. It is all the same to me. It is one. I am one with it.
As a football player, you just deal with injuries. It’s all part of the football game. I’ve dealt with injuries as much as everybody else. People have dealt with worse injuries than I’ve dealt with. It’s all part of the game, all part of getting that tackle.
I’ve never been a fan of individual awards because football is such a team sport. There’s so many things that goes into making plays. It’s about teammates trusting one another and working together.
A demon, in a way, is a test of your faith. Because if you’re doing God’s work, there’s no reason for any demon to do anything to you.
When I’m done playing football, I just might be the couch potato dad.
People call me crazy and a madman. Even ‘Tasmanian Devil.’ I’d rather be called the ‘Tasmanian Angel.’
I try to be passionate about every aspect of my life, how I love my wife, how I serve my wife, how I serve God. In the same way, I try to be passionate about football. I try to serve my coaches with passion. I try to serve my teammates with passion. I try to serve God, through football, with passion.
I don’t look at football as a violent, barbaric sport. It’s a very spiritual sport, especially for someone facing the challenges during a game: the fear of failure, the fear of getting too big an ego, of making a mistake and everybody criticizing you.
I would say I’m more traditional than I am superstitious. I don’t, for example, have to do things ritually before the game in order to feel comfortable going to the game. But I don’t think I’m naturally a football player. I don’t have that grit and that killer instinct.
Material things aren’t important to me.
People have this idea that the more pious and devout I am, the more successful I am. Which is very dangerous. If you look at faith in that way, you’re bound to fail at both – spiritually and in your career.
I’ve always been fascinated by the military, the discipline they have and the sacrifices they make to defend the country. It’s something I’ve always been interested in.
Orthodox chanting is non-emotional; it’s very monotone.
I’ve never thought about the end of my career. I’ve had this growing motto in my life to live day to day – and when you live day to day, it’s hard to talk years.
There are times I am happy. There are times I am sad. But I always try to separate emotion from the need to reach for something stronger, deeper. And then no matter the emotion, I can reach for a stability that helps me accomplish what is the goal.
When people say that you kind of just get – you know, just feel like a little buzzed or dazed or had your bell rung – they consider that a concussion. I wouldn’t. But if that is considered a concussion, I would say any football player at least records 50 to 100 in the course of a year.
I’ve never really been aware of what is said about me, whether it’s positive or negative. I ignore it. I’ve always had the mind-set: ‘No one can challenge me better than myself.’
When I let my hair down, I just let it down. It’s more comfortable in my helmet.
I have developed a Samoan mentality. You have to be a gentleman everywhere but on the field.
People are paralyzed on a football field. People die. You just never know when it’s going to be your last moment. I was the kind of guy who would never talk to my wife on game day. Now I’m the guy who’s like, ‘I love you.’ I want my children to know I love them because I don’t know what’s going to happen out there.
The best thing about football for me is the reacting. It’s a lot of instincts. But training, for me, it’s more for the meditating. And I spend more time training than actually playing football. So I get into that zone during training more than anything.
I think that’s one of the great things about the Pittsburgh Steelers – we’re not a big free-agent team. We build guys up through our system to have a better understanding of our defense.