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Polamalu Speaks Out: “I Felt Very Good During the Super Bowl”

Troy Polamalu joined The Dan Patrick Show and spoke about a variety of topics, including watching the Super Bowl about a thousand times. Here’s a part of the interview, and the link to read the rest is below.

If he’s officially unemployed at the moment:

“Yeah, I’m looking for work. It sucks I wasn’t able to take batting practice today. Hopefully I can luck out and hit one out of the ballpark and get a one-day contract. But I don’t know, I’m looking for work.”

If he thinks the NFL is more interested in making the game safe or more safe based on the recent rule changes that were voted on:

“I think it’s a bit of both. I think the nature of the game is that it’s a very violent game. So you can only do so much without really messing with the true essence of the game. But the rule changes, that we weren’t able to have any say in it kind of signifies how much power that the NFL has without really talking to any of the players or the former players union about these things.”

On just how disappointing it is that the players’ input isn’t sought out on matters like rule changes:

“It’s very frustrating. They even moved the Pro Bowl without talking to the players union at the time about it. I don’t know, you can’t have the game without the players, that’s for one. They should understand that. We do take all the licks so I think we should have a majority of the say of what goes on in the game.”

What the players want in the most simplest of explanations:

“A fair contract. They’re the ones — the owners were the ones that opted out of the contract, out of the CBA. Also what we’ve asked them to do is open up their books. They said they were losing money but then they wouldn’t open up their books and showing us how much, or if they were even losing money. In any business agreement, both sides show how much their profits and losses are, and then you can come to a mutual agreement. That’s in any business. But the NFL is obviously in a whole different group of people and things are a little backwards in the NFL and the way they’re ran. And they weren’t willing to open up their books and show us. So that as well as a lot of other things.”

If he’s watched the replay of the Super Bowl:

“I’ve watched it in my mind thousands of times.”

What grade would he give himself for his performance in the loss:

“A losing grade. I think in sports, when you’re at that level — at the professional level — and you consider yourself a team-player, you’re either a winner or a loser when you come out of a game. There’s no either A, B, C, or Do grade. It’s either pass or fail. Especially a game of that magnitude. It doesn’t really matter how well you play; it’s just a matter of if you helped your team win or helped your team lose.”

If he was injured heading into the Super Bowl:

“No I felt as good as I’ve ever felt going into the game since the original injury that I sustained mid-way through the season. No, I felt very good during the Super Bowl. I didn’t feel very good afterwords.”

On who will be the worst dancer at Ben Roethlisberger’s upcoming wedding:

“Hines, probably. See, what Hines has provided for the whole Steelers team is confidence. Confidence like ‘you know what? Maybe I should have done it too.’ No, you know, probably myself to be honest with you. Man, Hines he did a great job with Dancing With the Stars. And I think it’s awesome watching him.”

Click HERE to read the rest

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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