NFL Network is digging deep and working on a huge feature breaking down the top draft picks of this century from each of the top colleges. When we got to the list of players from USC, the question wasn’t whether or not Troy Polamalu would be on it cheap nfl jerseys, but would he be No. 1?
And sure enough, he was. Polamalu beat out Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews and Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil for the top spot. He is arguably one of the best safeties in franchise history, and that’s no easy task.
After being drafted No. 16 overall in 2003, Polamalu — along with former Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed — was one of the two pre-eminent names at the safety position for his entire career.
Polamalu’s physical, almost reckless style became his trademark, and that No. 43 and flowing locks were the easiest things to find on the field. Just look for the football and he’ll be there.
This franchise has had a ton of exciting players, but it’s hard to find one as memorable as Polamalu. He spent his entire career with the Steelers and was the consummate professional on and off the field.
You can always expect current/former pro players who’ve played at USC to reach out to incoming Trojans once they’re drafted. JuJu Smith-Schuster was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the NFL Draft, so It was only fitting that Smith-Schuster heard from another former Trojan/Steeler great.
According to JuJu Smith-Schuster, Troy Polamalu reached out to the former USC receiver to offer some advice. Who better to offer some advice than a former Trojan great who made a career for himself and became a household name with the Steelers? It’s not surprising that former Trojans reach out ones that are coming into the league, but for Smith-Schuster to hear from Polamalu pretty fitting considering they’ve both had special careers at USC and drafted by the Steelers.
Pittsburgh is no strangers to drafting fellow USC Trojans. The Steelers have drafted 21 players from the Trojans family which includes Pro Football Hall of Famer and current USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann and Troy Polamalu.