Troy Polamalu, the star safety of the Pittsburgh Steelers has the ability to turn a football game around with a big interception, a quarterback sack or a forced fumble.
It will be in Polamalu that the Steelers will need to rely on in order to help slow down the potent passing game of the Green Bay Packers, led by Aaron Rodgers.
Polamalu's strong defensive play this year was rewarded today when he won the AP's Defensive Player of the Year Award.
What's his secret?
It must be the hair.
His long, large and very-popular jet-black hair is reportedly insured by Head & Shoulders for $1 million.
Even Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who came in second place in the voting, hoped that some of that defensive talent would rub off on him when he was seen wearing a fake Polamalu wig during today's Super Bowl Media Day.
Polamalu edged out Matthews by only two votes in the DPOY voting.
"I'm not intimidated at all [by Polamalu's hair]," Matthews said during Media Day. "In fact, I stepped up to the bat by getting my own hair endorsement deal really trying to break up the monopoly he had over the whole hair industry. So, yeah, I'm stepping up to the plate. It'll be a good matchup come Sunday, who's got better hair."
Although both guys are tackling machines with game-changing ability. Matthews is still a step behind Polamalu when it comes to hair maintenance and style.
Clearly, that's the key to Polamalu's strong defense. Once Matthews figures out how to get his locks properly conditioned, and styled then he'll probably lock up a Defensive Player of the Year Award in his future.