Report: Steelers S Troy Polamalu In Best Shape Since USC Playing Days

On Sunday, I passed along the news that Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu would be in attendance for the first OTA session of the 2013 season that gets underway on Tuesday and now there is a report on Twitter from Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that states the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year is in the best shape that he has been in since his playing days at USC.

Polamalu missed nine games last season after suffering a calf injury early on in the season and as a result the seven-time Pro Bowler registered just 34 total tackles and one interception.

This will make the second year in a row that Polamalu has been present for the start of OTA\’s as he general likes to stay in California to train during the off-season. In the past, Polamalu has trained with Marv Maronivich, father of former NFL quarterback Todd Maronivich.

I was told a few weeks ago that Polamalu has been training like a “madman” this off-season and that he is not even close to thinking about retirement at the age of 32, so all of this certainly great news for Steelers fans.

The Steelers addressed the safety position in the draft last month when the traded into the fourth-round to select Shamarko Thomas out of Syracuse, but like all young Steelers draft picks that play defense, he is not expected to contribute much during his rookie season unless injuries should strike.

Polamalu is under contract with the Steelers through the 2014 season and the hope is that he can remain healthy and play in all 16 games again like he did in 2011.

Heading into 2013, Polamalu has several Steelers milestones within his reach. For starters, he needs just one interception to become the ninth Steelers player to record 30 career interceptions. With one more fumble return for a touchdown, Polamalu will tie former Steelers linebacker Jason Gildon (3) for the most fumbles returned for touchdowns in franchise history.

In addition to those records, Polamalu is currently just one defensive touchdown shy of tying Carnell Lake, Dwayne Woodruff and Jack Butler (5) for the second-most defensive touchdowns in Steelers history behind Rod Woodson (6) and he needs only one interception return for a touchdown to tie Lake, Woodruff, Deshea Townsend and Tony Campagno (3) for the fourth-most in franchise history.

  • dgh57

    This is GREAT news that he’s in the best shape since his USC days!! I can see our already stellar defense improving even more this season!!!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Its sounds good but until I see him playing all 19 games I will not be convinced.

  • Tom

    I am happy to hear that Troy is great shape. It does not surprise me as he is a real professional. With that said, being in great shape certainly does not ensure that he won’t get injured…….Crossing my fingers and hoping that Troy can stay healthy this year. I thought it was a mistake to let a proven back up like Will Allen walk for what turned out to be a fairly minimal contract.

  • hergieburbur

    Love the way you put that, lol


    Is this an observation on seeing Troy, or what Troy has Said to him, or what he has heard second/third hand?

    I expect Troy to have a great year, he came on strong the tail end of last season, so if his health and fitness is to be believed, its looking good – don’t forget he is pretty lightly played for a 32 year old.

  • steeltown

    Agree about W.Allen… would feel a lot more comfortable if we had W.Allen, Thomas and Golden on the depth chart, atleast for this season while Shark learns the ins and outs

  • steeltown

    Great news, if true
    I feel so much better, during games, when Polamalu is healthy and roaming downfield or around the line of scrimmage

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    A bounce back from Polamalu would go a long way toward making this a bounce back season.

    I’d be very interested to hear his take on the new rules regarding leading with the helmet on open field tackles. Have his thoughts been posted on that anywhere?

  • alex

    outside of Troy, who is your X-factor on D…? for sure Timmons everywhere and Clark lowering the boom…Woodleys gonna get a lotta focus as offenses test the ability of Worilds to step it up…maybe Gay blitzing off the edge…

    so,Troy, we need you to play ‘head and sholders’ above the rest…

  • Chris92021

    Poor choice of words in the title, especially since it implies Troy was not in great shape during his 10 years with the Steelers.