It was announced on Tuesday that Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu would be the first to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 7. It was later changed to have him inducted 10th. Was that his choice? It wouldn’t be entirely surprising, given the nerves he expressed recently.
Speaking with Clark Judge of the Talk of Fame Network, the legendary safety discussed the mixed emotions that he is feeling now that he is finally on the eve of the big day, the crown jewel of his football legacy—and how important it is that this is for everybody who helped get him to this point.
“Very excited to see my teammates to rehash some great, exciting memories. Nervous for a speech”, he said about his feelings ahead of the event. “Anxious because I want to make sure that the people that have been huge influences on my life (are mentioned). And I do mean a lot of people. Because for someone like me no small thing … no glass of water that someone offered me … was insignificant”.