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Troy Polamalu Named Steelers MVP

Oft-injured, ultra-talented safety Troy Polamalu was selected as the team's MVP by his teammates after an especially productive season. Despite missing two games due to injury, Polamalu is second in the league in interceptions (six), behind Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel and tied with fellow AFC North safety Ed Reed, among others. What's more, big plays like those takeaways have come at critical, game-changing moments. Here's linebacker James Farrior on recognizing Polamalu's penchant for coming through when it really counts:

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"[It] was no surprise. He’s been playing outstanding throughout the whole season. He’s been making very [important] plays that determine the outcome of games."
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What is a surprise is that this is the first time in Polamalu's career - one that includes two Super Bowl titles, six Pro Bowls, and 26 interceptions - that he has been selected team MVP.

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If you're hungry for more Polamalu propaganda (and video!), check out this feature from a couple weeks back, where I made the case that Polamalu should be Defensive Player of the Year, not just team MVP.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.