Pittsburgh Steelers Preview: Top 10 Ways Troy Polamalu Helps the Defense

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Pittsburgh Steelers Preview: Top 10 Ways Troy Polamalu Helps the Defense

The NFL has had some great defenders throughout history, and the Pittsburgh Steelers have provided more than a few.

From Jack Butler early on, to the host of Hall of Fame defenders that comprised the Steel Curtain in the 1970s, the “Blitzburgh” defense of the mid-90s to the latest version under one of the greatest defensive minds in the history of football—Dick Lebeau.

Amongst those great in reputation and deed are men like Jack Lambert, Mean Joe Greene, and Mel Blount. Guys that shaped the modern defense, and the rules that had to be put in place to protect the abilities of offensive players.

There are new names to be added to that great Steelers legacy, but none more readily comes to mind than safety Troy Polamalu.

His impact on the game, and the way the Steelers are able to play defense is invaluable, and it has never been clearer than during his absence in 2009.

Here are the top 10 things Troy Polamalu brings to the table for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense that no other player has the ability to do by himself...

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