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Polamalu Named Steelers MVP

Troy Polamalu hasn’t played the past few games, but that didn’t stop him from taking home the teams Most Valuable Player award for the 2010 season. It is the first time in Polamalu’s eight-year career that he has received the honor, making him the first Steelers safety in 30 years to win the award.

“Football is such a perfect team sport. It’s hard to make anybody, especially on our team the way we play defense, a most valuable player,” said Polamalu. “If I was ever a coach, I would never have an award like this because it’s such a team sport. There are so many parts that go into making plays on the football field. I think people just vote because they have to vote.”

Polamalu, who was named to his sixth Pro Bowl and his fifth as a starter, is tied for the AFC lead and for second in the NFL with six interceptions. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week during consecutive weeks in December

Polamalu is the first Steelers safety to be named team MVP since Donnie Shell in 1980 and the first defensive back to win the award since Rod Woodson in 1993.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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  1. DrGeorge

    December 31, 2010 at 10:08 am

    A deserved award, and a very classy and correct acceptance statement by Polamalu. In a sport increasingly given to self-aggrandizement, on and off the field, Polamalu is a refreshing and welcome exception. A true team player and good citizen, he is simply a treasure who transcends his sport. The Steelers were insightful to draft him so high and to retain his services all these years. He is and will remain a legend, long after his playing days end.

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