Steelers great Troy Polamalu visits Cowboys’ facility
Former Pittsburgh Steeler legend Troy Polamalu visited the Dallas Cowboy’s facility on Wednesday. The Samoan safety the entirety of his twelve-year career for the Steelers. His big hits and freakish football instincts helped him capture two Super Bowl rings, eight Pro Bowl selections, six All-Pro selections and Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2010. Although Polamalu retired after the 2014-15 season, a return to the NFL may be imminent.
Polamalu’s former teammate from USC, Kris Richard, is currently a defensive backs coach for the Cowboys. According to 247sports, Richard joined the team the season after Polamalu retired. Richard was selected in as a third-rounder in the 2002 NFL Draft, a year before Polamalu.
While the Cowboys are coming off a 16-8 Week 1 loss to the Carolina Panthers, their secondary looked impressive. The group of cornerbacks and safeties they put on the field did not allow Cam Newton to throw for a touchdown, which helped the stagnant Cowboys offense stay in the game. In Week 2, the Cowboys will face Odell Beckham Jr., one of the most dynamic deep threats in the NFL.
Perhaps Polamalu showed his face at the Cowboys’ facility to impart some wisdom upon their secondary. There’s a lot their players could learn from a two-time Super Bowl champion that racked up 771 tackles and 32 interceptions in a long and successful NFL career.
Polamalu is currently the Head of Player Relations for the Alliance of American football, but if he leaves, we can’t rule out the possibility of him returning to the NFL as a defensive coordinator. Maybe he’ll even join his dear friend in Dallas. Nevertheless, we’ll see if the Cowboys’ defense reaps the benefits of his visit in Week 2.