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Troy Polamalu's introduction into the NFL came from Hines Ward in their first padded practice

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Troy Polamalu's Hall of Fame speech included a bunch of anecdotes that had profound wisdom. It was honestly one of the best Hall of Fame speeches ever, in my opinion. But one story that really stood out was when he talked about his welcome to the NFL moment.

"My first real introduction into the NFL was at our first padded practice when Hines Ward and I hit," Polamalu said. "It was my legs that subsequently buckled and he held me up like a toddler and said, ‘I’m not like any other wide receiver.' "No doubt Hines. I look forward to sharing the stage with you one day."

Polamalu is spot-on there, as no one played the receiver position like Hines Ward when it came to blocking and laying out linebackers, safeties and anyone who stood in his way. Polamalu is also right that Ward belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It might take a long time like it did for Donnie Shell, but Ward certainly deserves a bust in Canton.


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