Report: Troy Polamalu Medically Cleared to Give Hall of Fame Induction Speech

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVAugust 7, 2021

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Pittsburgh Steelers legend Troy Polamalu has been cleared to participate in his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, according to NFL Network's Steve Wyche.

The four-time All-Pro had announced July 30 he tested positive for COVID-19 and was working with the Hall of Fame to fulfill the necessary protocols.

The 40-year-old wasn't in attendance when the league celebrated the 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame classes during the Steelers' 16-3 preseason victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. He was able to participate in Saturday's Hall of Fame parade.

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Like his fellow 2020 inductees, Polamalu had to wait one year longer than expected to be honored in Canton, Ohio, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Not surprisingly, he was a first-ballot Hall of Famer after having wreaked havoc across a 12-year NFL career. He finished with 672 tackles, 32 interceptions, 14 forced fumbles and 12 sacks.

In February 2010, Polamalu was named a second-team safety for the Hall of Fame's All-Decade team of the 2000s.

Steelers fans are bound to feel nostalgic this weekend. Along with Polamalu, former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher and Alan Faneca, a seven-time Pro Bowler in 10 years with Pittsburgh, are due to receive their Hall of Fame busts.


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