Steelers safety Troy Polamalu to cut hair for charity

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has announced plans to cut his hair for charity.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has announced plans to cut his hair for charity.

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Two things are staples of the Pittsburgh Steelers: Terrible Towels and strong safety Troy Polamalu’s iconic hair.

The 32-year-old, seven-time Pro Bowler, who is also known for his cheesy Head and Shoulder shampoo commercials, is easily identifiable on NFL fields due to the long, black locks that flow from underneath his helmet as he patrols the Steelers’ defensive backfield.

Come November, though, Polamalu will be looking for a new do after announcing he’s set to trim his hair for a good cause.

“We talk about supporting veterans often, but now it’s time for us all to DO something,” Polamalu wrote in a Facebook post. “I'm getting a ceremonial haircut this Veterans Day for the #VFWManeEvent with Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW I DARE you to join me. www.VFWManeEvent.org.”

According to Stars and Stripes, Polamalu initially said he'd lose 10 inches of hair but, as his Facebook quote suggests, it could be much less than that.

Polamalu posted his appeal for support alongside a short video outlining the struggles of returning veterans.

He hopes the cult following surrounding his hair will spur others to cut and donate on U.S. Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Polamalu isn’t the only professional athlete to recently have his hair make headlines.

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson was offered $1 million to shave his black beard by a razor company in August.

The razor company, 800Razors.com, was negotiating with the 31-year-old righty to become a spokesman, and the deal would have required Wilson becoming clean-shaven for the first time in years.


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