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Watch: Troy Polamalu on Returning to Pittsburgh for Charity Events, Connecting with New Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers great Troy Polamalu is embracing his role as ambassador and connecting with a new generation of Steelers players.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame safety Troy Polamalu at the SteelHERS event at Acrisure Stadium on May 22, 2024. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

PITTSBURGH —Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu returned to Pittsburgh with his wife Theodora for a pair of community and charity events this week.

The Polamalus hosted the Resilience Bowl for underserved communities at Acrisure Stadium on Tuesday, bringing a number of Polamalu’s former Steelers teammates and coaches back to town for the celebrity flag football game. On Wednesday, the Polamalus were back at Acrisure Stadium, talking part in the SteelHERS community event for female fans.

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Former Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu at the Resilience Bowl on May 21, 2024. — Steelers Now/Ed Thompson.

Steelers Now caught up with Troy Polamalu to talk about his trip to Pittsburgh, the transition as a former player becoming an ambassador for the team, and connecting to a new generation of Steelers players. Plus, Polamalu discussed the big news of the day, with Pittsburgh being award the bid to host the 2026 NFL Draft.

“I think it’s great. The Steelers are one thing, of course, but football runs deeper here than the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Polamalu said. “You have so many Hall of Famers from Dan Marino to Darrelle Revis to Ty Law, and you have a gang other players who aren’t in the Hall of Fame. … A lot of these athletes are from these streets here. So I think it’s obviously a great thing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a celebration of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but I think even more so, it’s a celebration of Western Pennsylvania football.”

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