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Troy Polamalu has to field idiotic question about his hair and if he’d shave it (video)

We all get it. Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is well known for for his hair, almost as much to the layperson as his dominant play on the back-end of the Steelers defense. So much so, in fact, he landed an endorsement deal with Head & Shoulders simply due to his long locks.

Polamalu is nursing a calf injury that will keep him out of Pittsburgh’s Sunday night match-up with the divisional rival Cincinnati Bengals this weekend. On Tuesday, Polamalu sat down with Pro Football Talk’s Erik Kuselias to discuss at length several items of interest, but the most benign query from Kuselias was saved for last, when he asked Polamalu whether the safety would be willing to shave his head and keep it that way for 10 years in exchange for a Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl championship this weekend. Derp!

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Said Polamalu at about the 2:25 mark of the video above:

“No, I wouldn’t,” Polamalu said.  “And that’s not a lack of confidence that I have in our team.  It’s more or less from appreciation that I have for football in general.  You never know what can happen in this sport.  Who knows what a 2-3 team can be, who knows what the NY Giants did last year?  It comes more for my appreciation for the preparation of athletes and teams.  That’s why I could never be a newscaster.  You know, I couldn’t be like all right, you know, the so-and-so are going to beat the so-and-so 17-13 for this reason.  It’s just, I have too much respect for people that prepare and for the sport in general.”

Classy response from classy guy. Granted, the topic of Polamalu’s hair was being discussed immediately beforehand, but still, what a useless question. Because if I were Polamalu and had just been asked that, I would have said, “Seriously? How am I supposed to answer that? Because I could’ve sworn I was being interviewed on a legitimate NFL program where I could expect not to be asked whether or not I’d shave my hair in exchange for a Super Bowl title.”

But hey, maybe that’s just me.

[Pro Football Talk]