COVID-19 postponed Troy Polamalu’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction last summer, and it now looks like the pandemic is circling back to ruin his big day for a second time.
The former Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Twitter on Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, putting his attendance at his own enshrinement next weekend in jeopardy.
“Fam, I recently tested positive for the Covid-19,” Polamalu tweeted. “Thank God I feel great and family are well. I’m working with the HOF to ensure we abide by all protocols to make it to Canton in time for all the festivities.”
I recently tested positive for the Covid-19. Thank God I feel great and family are well. I’m working with the HOF to ensure we abide by all protocols to make it to Canton in time for all the festivities…
— Troy Polamalu (@tpolamalu) July 30, 2021
Polamalu is set to be enshrined in Canton on Saturday, Aug. 7, meaning he technically has eight days to produce a negative test. It is unclear what the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s protocols are for inductees and presenters, meaning Polamalu could already be out of luck.
Picked in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Polamalu left Pittsburgh as one of the best safeties in league history. Not only did he win a pair of Super Bowls in Pittsburgh, but he was also named a Pro Bowler eight times, received First-Team All-Pro honors on four occasions and won 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Polamalu totaled 783 total tackles, 56 tackles-for-loss, 32 interceptions, 14 forced fumbles, 12 sacks and five defensive touchdowns over his 12-year career.