November 10, 2013

Farewell to Polamalu’s Golden Locks



Hug to Troy Polamalu.


Say goodbye to the best hair in the NFL,* hair so valuable it is insured by a shampoo company for one million dollars.

At least, say goodbye to some of this valuable hair sprouting from Troy Polamalu’s hair follicles.

Young Polamalu fan

Young Polamalu fan

Why is Polamalu snipping off his valuable locks?

And why is the company that insures these locks allowing him to do this? After all, the company boasts that Polamalu’s legendary locks are “so ridiculously full and thick that end to end [his hair] spans 100 football fields.”

The insurance company MUST be allowing Polamalu to cut these locks but I wonder if they are putting limitations on the cut…I haven’t seen this issue in any of my research.

So why is Polamalu cutting his most valuable trademark hair?

Because he is a longtime, passionate, supporter of United States veterans he is uniting with the Veterans of Foreign Wars to lead a fundraising event which supports VFW programs assisting veterans. The VFW Mane Event occurs on Monday, November 11, 2013. By pledging to cut their hair, Polamalu and other participants raise both awareness of the issues our veterans face, and money (To donate, visit ). The awareness and funds make a tangible difference in the lives of veterans and their families.

According to Polamalu, who is dismayed by the lack of moral support for veterans,

  • “We talk about supporting veterans often, but now its time for us all to DO something. I’m getting a ceremonial haircut this Veterans Day for the #VFWManeEvent with Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW. I DARE you to join me,’’
  • “I understand the issues that veterans, and their families, face while serving our country and I am honored to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars Mane Event, encouraging the nation to unite for veterans for a second year,” said Polamalu. “By getting my hair cut on Veterans Day, I am showing my commitment to the men and women who served our country…the real heroes.”

Polamalu used his Facebook page to announce his upcoming “do” change, his first haircut in over 10 years. The Facebook page also encourages others to join him in the event—he dares you (and others) to cut your hair on Veteran’s Day to benefit the VFW Mane Event.

thCA9102M0So how much of his curly locks will Polamalu lose?

  • …it remains to be seen how much of that famous hair will fall from Polamalu’s head. According to the report, he initially promised a whopping 10 inches of hair to organizers…However, the Facebook post states he is ready to get a “ceremonial” haircut. Whether it be a snip of hair or the entire mane, Polamalu is still doing a great job to raise money and awareness for a fantastic cause.*

UPDATE: To draw attention to the issues, Polamalu will give his famous mane a “ceremonial” trim. He’ll only lose a 3-inch lock, but the cut is still significant—it’s the first  time scissors have touched his head in more than a decade…For Polamalu, hair is about more than making a style statement.

  • “Every time a piece of my hair comes out, and I look at a 20-inch strand, I’m like, ‘Wow, what happened when this first started growing?’” he says. “You think about all the life experience that you’ve had, and my hair’s been a part of me. It’s kind of become my fifth appendage and my identity.”

Polamalu is a strong safety of he Pittsburgh Steelers and a USC graduate. He has an exceptional record: he’s a 6-time Pro Bowl Selection, 4-time NFL All-Pro, 2010 AP Defensive Player of the Year, 2-time Super Bowl Champion, 2010 NFL Alumni Player of the Year and stands our for having had the #1 selling jersey in the country.**

Polamalu supporter attends Ligonier Days festivities

Polamalu supporter attends Ligonier Days festivities

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.  ~Kahlil Gibran

Polamalu isn’t the first sports person to cut his hair for charitable purposes. Vince Holland, 8, is an avid sportsman involved in hockey, softball, and other sports. Last March he had his hair completely shaved off to raise funds for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a pediatric cancer-research funding organization.


Hair is vitally personal to children.  They weep vigorously when it is cut for the first time; no matter how it grows, bushy, straight or curly, they feel they are being shorn of a part of their personality.  ~Charles Chaplin, My Autobiography, 1964

(This is a NaBloPoMo post)



Vince Shaved His Head for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Third-grader to Shave Head to Support Pediatric Cancer Research & Patients—St. Baldrick’s Foundation Event







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