The National Football Foundation announced the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame Class, tallying a total of 15 inductees. Of the many inductees, a familiar name stands out: Troy Polamalu.
Before Pittsburgh fell hair over heels for Polamalu, he roamed the field as a USC Trojan from 1999-2002 before being selected with the 16th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. During his time at USC, Polamalu accumulated 278 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss, 6 interceptions, 4 blocked punts, and 3 touchdowns.
“I believe God named me Troy for a reason” Polamalu said to Steve Bischeff of WeAreSC.com following his announcement of retirement from football in 2015. Troy did indeed live up to his gladiator-esque name as a Trojan, earning All-American honors his senior season while earning All-Conference honors during his junior/senior seasons at USC.
Troy’s fellow 2019 class inductees include:
- TERRELL BUCKLEY – DB, Florida State (1989-91)
- RICKEY DIXON – DB, Oklahoma (1984-87)
- LONDON FLETCHER – LB, John Carroll [OH] (1995-97)
- JACOB GREEN – DL, Texas A&M (1977-79)
- TORRY HOLT – WR, North Carolina State (1995-98)
- RAGHIB “ROCKET” ISMAIL – KR/WR, Notre Dame (1988-90)
- DARREN McFADDEN – RB, Arkansas (2005-07)
- JAKE PLUMMER – QB, Arizona State (1993-96)
- JOE THOMAS – OL, Wisconsin (2003-06)
- LORENZO WHITE – RB, Michigan State (1984-87)
- PATRICK WILLIS – LB, Mississippi (2003-06)
- VINCE YOUNG – QB, Texas (2003-05)
Along with the players, two coaches were also added to the class. Dennis Erickson and Joe Taylor were announced as the two coaches to be elected along with the thirteen players.
The 2019 College Football Hall of Fame Class will officially be inducted during the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner, which will be held on December 10th later this year.
The induction serves as a great achievement and recognition for Polamalu, and will hope to add another Hall of Fame induction to his resume when he is first eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020.
Steelers Defense First in 30 Years with Four Straight 50-Sack Seasons
PITTSBURGH — Stephon Tuitt’s third quarter sack of Philip Rivers gave the Steelers defensive unit at least 50 sacks in each of the last four seasons (2017-20). The Steelers are the first team in the NFL to record 50-plus sacks in four consecutive seasons since the New York Giants (1985-1988).
This marks yet another historic achievement for the Steelers defense. Earlier in the game, TJ Watt became the first player in the illustrious history of the Steelers franchise to record 14 or more sacks in multiple seasons while wearing black and gold.
Unlike the time period of the Steelers streak, the Giants were a consistent contender and won a Super Bowl during that span under Bill Parcells in the late 1980’s. After missing the playoffs in both 2018 and 2019, this Steelers team is assured a spot in the 2020 postseason. But just being in the playoffs is not enough on its won to secure receiving the respect of great defenses of the past.
TJ Watt Becomes First Steelers Player with Multiple 14-Sack Seasons
PITTSBURGH — While the Steelers defense joined NFL history with its streak of consecutive games with a sack a couple weeks ago, linebacker TJ Watt’s sack of Philip Rivers early in the first quarter of his team’s game against the Colts gave him an historic achievement all to himself.
Watt became the first player in the illustrious history of the Steelers franchise to record 14 or more sacks in multiple seasons while wearing black and gold. The 26-year-old linebacker continues a season that has him firmly in the discussion to earn his first career Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Watt is also on pace to surpass his previous career high for solo tackles in a season. He entered the game with 40 with 50 being his best total from the 2018 season.
Steelers to Announce 2020 Hall of Honor Class in Halftime Livestream
The Pittsburgh Steelers will announce their 2020 Hall of Honor class at halftime of the Week 16 meeting with the Indianapolis Colts in a livestream video presentation, the club announced Saturday night.
The event will be hosted by AT&T Sportsnet and ESPN Pittsburgh’s Stan Savran, and will provide fans a virtual tour of the new Hall of Honor display and include interviews from former Steelers players and coaches on the 2020 class.
As announced back in September, the safety Troy Polamalu, middle linebacker James Farrior, outside linebacker Greg Lloyd, safety Mike Wagner and defensive end Dwight White will be honored as the 2020 class.
Pittsburgh inducted 24 inaugural members when the Hall of Honor was created in 2017. The Steelers added five more inductees in 2018, while four new members were enshrined last year.