CANTON, Ohio – Steelers fans now have an extra reason to rejoice while honoring several legends this weekend. Troy Polamalu, whose attendance had been in question after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, was able to test negative and be part of a parade around downtown Canton, Ohio Saturday morning.
Polamalu’s appearance ignited the crowd as he waved from a jeep. The former safety and two-time Super Bowl champion instantly elicited the loudest reaction in a parade that saw each living member of the 2020 and 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame classes be driven through Canton’s downtown area, which is just up the road from where they will be forever enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum.
Many felt seeing Polamalu’s big smile in the parade was quite surprising since he was forced to miss the Gold Jacket Ceremony Friday night. Bill Cowher, Alan Faneca and Donnie Shell officially received their gold jackets on stage at the Civic Memorial Center, located on the parade route.
Polamalu being able to be in Canton in person and accept his rightful place in the place that’s often referred to as Football heaven puts that final exclamation point on an induction weekend that Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker has been calling “the greatest ever” due to the largest amount of inductees in one weekend in history. Based on Polamalu’s résumé and status in football history, it’s fair to say he’s among the most notable individuals in either the 2020 or 2021 class.