The video of this play, dusted off from the 2004 archives, seems like an episode of "Before They Were Stars." It features young Troy Polamalu before he was the unbelievable, game-changing force he is today. It came during the second home game for rookie Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The play comes against a young, still-developing Carson Palmer.
Much has been made of the relationship between the now-Oakland quarterback and the Steelers' safety.
Polamalu has given Palmer fits over the years and this was perhaps the first time he felt the sting of what his former college teammate and roommate could do to an opponent's chances of victory.
It was a tight game in a season already beset by difficulties. Leading 21-17 late, the Steelers had the Bengals pinned down deep in Cincinnati territory. Instead of allowing Palmer and his mates to gain any ground, however, Polamalu slammed the door.
He stepped up, took away a pass and then started cutting back across the field to run as far as he could. In the end, he score a touchdown by bowling over Carson Palmer.