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August 31, 2010

Troy Polamalu's hair insured for $1 million: sign of the apocalypse?

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If anyone doubts that we're headed for the Rapture, or whatever else The End will be called, just note this: Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers has had his hair insured for $1 million. The policy with Lloyd's of London was taken out by head & shoulders, which he endorses. "As a second year spokesperson for the brand, head & shoulders recognizes the value of Troy's extremely full and thick Samoan locks, so [with Lloyd's] ... they've created the first ever insurance policy to protect his iconic mane for the entire NFL season," the company said in a news release.

No word on what would trigger a payout. But as a test, Baltimore Ravens fans (count me among them) would be happy to have Ray Lewis bring out some clippers when the teams meet on Oct. 3. That would be the REAL Rapture.

Polamalu, a five-time Pro Bowl player, wears his hair long as a tribute to his Samoan heritage.
Posted by Dave Rosenthal at 9:20 AM | | Comments (2)


It took me a while to realize that it wasn't a joke and that really is his hair.

The question that comes up is how does he fit all that hair under the helmet.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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