In my recap of the Pittsburgh Steelers utter domination of the hapless Cincinnati Bengals, I noted defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau ripping superstar Troy Polamalu a new one for attempting a boneheaded lateral after his game-sealing interception. A few moments later they hugged it out so it’s all good. Turns out Coach Dad didn’t need to waste his time. When reporters conducted a post-game interview, our Hall of Fame bound safety was nearly in tears over his silly mistake.
First and foremost, I want to apologize for that play. It was incredibly arrogant and selfish and foolish of me. I represent something bigger than myself … my faith, my family, and this team. I’ll try not to ever let that happen again.
From the Skippy Manifesto to James Harrison‘s clumsy attempt to explain he likes hurting people, not injuring them, this has been a banner year for Steeler quotes. But this may be the most amazing one of all. You seldom hear a player admit he blew a coverage or ran the wrong route. Troy is apologizing for the play WHICH WON THE GAME.
Terrell Owens dropped a big pass late in the game. Did he apologize? Of course not, he blamed Carson Palmer instead. Eagles wide receiver Desean Jackson pulled one of the biggest dick moves of the season on his 91 yard touchdown catch on Sunday night. Did he apologize for his antics? Why should he when ESPN will air it 538 times over the next week?
Florida Gators fans went nuts when Tim Tebow made a heartfelt speech after an embarrassing loss to Ole Miss. “The Promise” has since been immortalized by a plaque outside the team’s home, Griffin Stadium. No offense to one of the finest role models in all of sports but Troy’s apology is even more deserving of such an honor. Unlike so many prima donna athletes in this Me First era, he clearly understands the importance of being a man of faith and a Pittsburgh Steeler. His words should serve as a shining example of what it means to be a true hero.
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