Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Troy Polamalu's long locks insured for $1 million news
You'd think that an All-Pro safety who missed 11 games in 2009 due to a knee injury would be most concerned about other body parts, but Pittsburgh Steelers superstar Troy Polamalu(notes) also has endorsements to consider. One of his endorsements is with the Head & Shoulders company, which makes sense when you consider Polamalu's famed three-foot-long hair. It's a tribute to his Samoan heritage, and it's not something he plans to cut anytime soon.
Once in a great while, a Steelers opponent will try to use Polamalu's hair against him in a game (as Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson(notes) did in 2006 as Polamalu returned an interception), and it's quite possible that the concern over such matters was the catalyst needed by Head & Shoulders to insure Polamalu's hair with Lloyd's of London for $1 million, which was reported by the Associated Press.
Then again, it could be a publicity stunt. Lloyd's is famous for unusual policies that can be turned into media gold; the company has insured Tina Turner's legs, Keith Richards' fingers, the legs of noted Riverdance ponce Michael Flatley, the bodies of several professional wrestlers (including Ric Flair -- Woo!), Jimmy Durante's nose, and Celine Dion's vocal cords (they're also talking with Virgin Galactic about insuring space travel, if that ever gets off the ground). Polamalu's hair isn't going anywhere, but it's a nice press haul for company and endorsee.
And if you want to ask Polamalu why his hair is insured ... well, just don't ask with your eyes. He can pick that up pretty well.
Troy Polamalu insured with big bucks for long locks
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is used to covering split ends. Now, Head & Shoulders has an insurance policy in case he gets them.
OK, we don't actually know what the coverage entails, but the shampoo brand endorsed by Polamalu — who, as you can see at left, has a lot to deal with, hairwise — has taken out a $1 million insurance policy on the five-time Pro Bowl player.
The Associated Press reported that the insurance was obtained through Lloyd's of London, which did not reveal what must be done to Polamalu's hair for anyone to collect on the policy.
We could guess, but those in the legal system would consider that to be hairsay.
PITTSBURGH -- Just call Troy Polamalu the man with the million dollar hair.
The long, flowing black hair that tumbles out of Polamalu's helmet and down his back -- it's nearly three feet long -- has been insured for $1 million by Head and Shoulders, the shampoo brand that is endorsed by the Pittsburgh Steelers safety.
The insurance was obtained through Lloyd's of London, which did not reveal what must be done to Polamalu's hair for anyone to collect on the policy.
Polamalu's hair has been targeted by an opposing NFL player at least once -- the Chiefs' Larry Johnson tackled Polamalu by the hair during a 49-yard interception return in a 2006 game.
Polamalu, a five-time Pro Bowl player, wears his hair long as a tribute to his Samoan heritage.