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Troy Polamalu's hair insured for $1 million

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Troy Polamalu's hair is more than just a soft, silky handle by which to bring him down (and help him up) on a football field (attention: Larry Johnson). It's real and it's spectacular.

It's also now a magnificent, million-dollar mane. Lloyds of London has written a policy on the Pittsburgh Steelers safety's locks, in the kind of publicity stunt that rises to the top of search engines on the week before real sports resume after Labor Day. There's a serious reason for Polamalu's 'do: he has not cut it since 2000 and wears it as a tribute to his Samoan ancestors. But there's a product tie-in on the insurance: Polamalu endorses Head and Shoulders shampoo, whose parent company sought the policy.

"They've created the first ever insurance policy to protect his iconic mane for the entire NFL season," Procter & Gamble said in a statement.

Plenty of athletes and celebrities have insured their body parts (no, we're not talking about Wilt Chamberlain here). David Beckham reportedly insured his legs for $70 million; Cristiano Renaldo. Celebrities have insured breasts (Dolly Parton), noses (Jimmy Durante), legs (Jamie Lee Curtis, Tina Turner, Heidi Klum, Rihanna, Betty Grabel, Mariah Carey), hands (Keith Richards), chest hair (Tom Jones) and bum (Jennifer Lopez).

Cricketeer Merv Hughes (I know; who??? His nickname was Fruitfly!) reportedly insured his playoff-like facial 'stache for over $300,000

By Cindy Boren  |  August 31, 2010; 7:22 AM ET
Categories:  NFL  
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No agency could be found to issue an insurance policy on Troy Polamalu's sphincter.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | August 31, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Oh, great. I see the NFL is finally allowing openly-gay football players.

Posted by: forgetthis | August 31, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

This is what's known in coach lingo as a "distraction."

Players who become known for things like this usually see their play fall off.

Posted by: WmarkW | August 31, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Oh, great. I see the NFL is finally allowing openly-gay football players.

Posted by: forgetthis
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all those "touch me" male sports are full of gays.. isn't that why you watch?

Posted by: newagent99 | August 31, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Oh, great. I see the NFL is finally allowing openly-gay football players.

Posted by: forgetthis
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Isn't this the same sport where a quarteback puts his hands on the centers crouch 50 to 60 times a game and lord knows how many times in the practices leading up to the game.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | August 31, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

This is what's known in coach lingo as a "distraction."

Players who become known for things like this usually see their play fall off.


Posted by: WmarkW
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Spoken like someone with no knowledge of the subject of "distractions" what so ever.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | August 31, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

More proof of how stupid Big Business has become in America.
Wonder what Tiger insured?

Posted by: pjohn2 | August 31, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Can a player be tackled by his pigtail? Is there any penalty for dragging him down by it?

Posted by: swatkins1 | August 31, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

oh you WISH Polamalu was gay. His hair has to be insured because of straight women who want to run thru it naked. He's hot.

Posted by: Sam888 | August 31, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

LOL, Sam888! I know...because I'm one of them!! Talk about distractions!

Posted by: forgetthis | August 31, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Can a player be tackled by his pigtail? Is there any penalty for dragging him down by it?

Posted by: swatkins1 | August 31, 2010 1:40 PM |

The answer to the question is "YES'. Anything that sticks out from under the helmet is essentially part of the uniform, and can be used to tackle to player. Most people just don't do it, but a few players have used their opponent's hair to tackle them.

Posted by: TAOKOWLOON1 | August 31, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Can a player be tackled by his pigtail? Is there any penalty for dragging him down by it?

Posted by: swatkins1 | August 31, 2010 1:40 PM |

The answer to the question is "YES'. Anything that sticks out from under the helmet is essentially part of the uniform, and can be used to tackle to player. Most people just don't do it, but a few players have used their opponent's hair to tackle them.
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in his case ,if your chasing him and try to bring him down by the shoulders ,it would be hard not to grab the hair...the goal is to bring him down and not let him score...he needs to understand this

Posted by: kiler616 | August 31, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

My home team has had several players in recent years who favor a mane of plaits, so I'm glad to have the rules clarified. The possibility of being tackled by the hair is definitely cringe-worthy. But it might be worth it to see the expression on the face of a safety who finds himself holding a handful of plaits -- while the rb goes on to score.

(now calculating separation force for hair extensions vs live hair. not pretty!!)

Posted by: elizh1 | August 31, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Can a player be tackled by his pigtail? Is there any penalty for dragging him down by it?

Posted by: swatkins1 | August 31, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Technically NO--or yes with much effort; pig tails are normally very small, curly and difficult to grab. Pony tails are much easier to grab.

Posted by: eaglechik | August 31, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

This is front page news? Puh-lease.

Posted by: spf_zero | August 31, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

how many bottles of head and shoulders does it take to wash that stuff? Is he banned from movie theaters?

Posted by: rjma1 | August 31, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Troy's hair is gorgeous!!! and I must confess.... i'm one of those straight women who would love to run my fingers thru it..... and the rest of me as well! I think this is great! and news worthy... not "front page" news worthy... but nonetheless... interesting! Way to go Troy... :-) And Sam888... you're correct!! HE'S HOT!

Posted by: ReflectionofLyfe | August 31, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

what an a**!!

Posted by: astroman215aolcom | August 31, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm really shocked you are allowed to tackle with someone's hair. That's a great way to get neck trauma.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 31, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse


I wonder if he feasts on human flesh like his Samoan ancestors.

Posted by: screwjob21 | August 31, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

dang that had to hurt!

Posted by: jeffcoud2 | August 31, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

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