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Holmes Gives Lots of Love to Polamalu


Former Steelers and current Jets WR Santonio Holmes seems to be a big fan of a guy that could be his worst enemy on Sunday at Heinz Field, that being Steeler safety Troy Polamalu.

Holmes was in a loving mood on Wednesday, going so far as to say that Polamalu could be the greatest player he’s ever played with.

“With all due respect, I honestly think Troy Polamalu is probably the greatest player I’ve ever played with or even seen play in person,” Holmes said. “Everybody has their one person they think is the greatest player. In my eyes, I think he’s the greatest player I’ve ever played with.”

Polamlu didn’t play in the first Jets-Steelers game five weeks ago, and his impact can’t be denied. Steelers LB James Farrior knows that having Troy out there gives the Steelers a much better chance of walking out Sunday night with a win and a trip to the Super Bowl vs either the Packers or Bears.

“I think you can’t account for his instincts and the plays that he makes,” Farrior said. “He’s a guy that’s going to be doing things a little bit different sometimes, he goes on his own sometimes and sees things that somebody else might not see, most of the time he makes plays.”

As for Holmes, he’s well aware of how much Polamalu can change a game, seeing it from the sidelines for four seasons as a member of the black and gold.

“The things that he did in my four years of being there, and prior to me getting there, was just disrupt a team,” Holmes said. “He’s jumping over the line of scrimmage at the snap of the ball, tackling runners in the backfield, jumping up and intercepting the ball one-handed. He’s returning it for touchdowns, doing numerous things.”

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.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Scott

    January 19, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Is anyone besides me beginning to suspect that the Jets’ coach told his players to kiss the Steelers’ asses this week? Last week they were all talk, now this week they’re all smoochie-smoochie? I smell a Ryan … I mean, a rat.

  2. Chuck

    January 20, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Exactly…he’s playing that game, trying to lull the Steelers into being overconfident. Shove it down their throats Stillers.

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