Troy Polamalu Vs. Champ Bailey: A Tale Of Competence Galore

August 29th, 2010 - 8:05 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

chsmp August 29, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Troy Polamalu was born in California in 1981 and is a member of the Pittsburg Steelers (PS) of the National Football League (NFL) of America. For the PS, he happens to be the ‘strong safety’. He was selected from a group in the initial round (sixteenth on the whole) of the 2003 NFL Draft for placement by the Steelers. Polamalu had participated in college football at the University of Southern California (USC).

Polamalu had used up his initial year at the USC as a backup where he managed to become a fusion competitor by playing at both the safety positions. Though he was only a backup competitor at the time, Polamalu still made his presence felt in the eight contests he played in. He gathered two sacks, two forced fumbles and obstructing a punt. He would eventually be promoted to a permanent starter at the strong safety location the subsequent year. Thereby, he received All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors subsequent to drawing to a close in the second spot in the squad with 83 tackles and fastening the squad for the lead in interceptions with two.

Polamalu’s most excellent year would appear during his junior season where he managed to become the USC’s initial All-American safety since Mark Carrier in 1989. Polamalu attained first-team honors from Pro Football News-Weekly and The NFL Draft Report. He acquired the 2nd team honors from the Associated Press, and procured the third-team honors from Football Weekly.

The PS employs Polamalu in a lofty proportion of defensive plays and in an extensive assortment of defensive roles. In merely his third season five years back, he leveled the NFL record for the most sacks, which happened to be 3, in a solitary fixture by a safety. The Pro Bowl in 2007 was his third uninterrupted emergence in Pro Bowl. He commenced at strong safety for the AFC and competed adjacent to the starting free safety of the Baltimore Ravens named Ed Reed. The competition they share anchored in their squads’ divisional opposition was palpable. The two fought for ownership of an overthrown halfback pass from the former running back of New York Giants, Tiki Barber. Reed went down with the interception.

The initial manifestation of Polamalu in the Super Bowl was in Super Bowl XL in 2006. That was the moment when Pittsburgh Steelers obtained the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl with a 21–10 triumph over the Seattle Seahawks.

Roland ‘Champ’ Bailey happens to be a cornerback for the squad of Denver Broncos, which is a component of the NFL of America. Bailey was selected from a group in the initial round (7th in general) of the 1999 NFL Draft for placement by the Washington Redskins. Bailey had involved himself in college football at the University of Georgia.

Bailey was present at and participated in football at the Charlton County High School. He was one of the most dependable and consistent shutdown corners in his high school years. He was extensively desired by colleges across America. Bailey was considered as one of college football’s superlative manifold threats (offense, defense and special squads) in the three seasons that he devoted to the University of Georgia.

During his concluding year at Georgia as a junior, he cataloged 52 tackles (four for losses), three interceptions and seven passes defended. He also possessed the envious feat of 47 catches for 744 yards (15.8 avg.), five touchdowns and 84 yards rushing on 16 carries. He also executed 12 kickoff returns for 261 yards and was the implementer of four punt returns for 49 yards. He held the average of 103.5 all-purpose yards for every game and registered 957 plays (547 defense, 301 offense and 109 special squads). Bailey had also attained the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which conferred on him the tag of America’s most excellent defensive competitor, subsequent to his junior season.

In September 2004, Bailey intercepted his first pass as a Denver Bronco. This was during the NFL’s first ‘Sunday Night Football’ fixture of the season.

In July 2006, in a divisional playoff match against the New England Patriots, Bailey attained the record for the greatest non-scoring play in the timeline of the NFL. During the fixture, with the Patriots in close proximity to the goal line, Bailey captured a pass from quarterback Tom Brady in the end zone. Bailey subsequently returned it 100 yards to the Pats’ one yard line, after which he was hunted down and dealt with by New England’s Benjamin Watson.

The 2007 season of Bailey was one cursed by injuries. Still, Bailey cataloged 84 tackles in conjunction with three interceptions. He was sent to an additional Pro Bowl and obtained second-team All-Pro honors.

In September 2009, Bailey was elected in the ‘Denver Broncos 50th Anniversary squad’ by the Denver society. This squad was given a wholesome tribute during the halftime event of the ‘Legacy’ fixture in opposition to the New England Patriots on October 11.

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