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Troy Polamalu Tests Positive for Covid; Still Hopes to be at Enshrinement

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) takes the field during introductions for an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh. Polamalu's iconic football career is over. The eight-time Pro Bowl safety told the Uniontown Herald-Standard he informed Steelers chairman Dan Rooney on Thursday night, April 9, 2015, he will retire rather than return for a 13th season. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar, File)

CANTON, OHIO – TROY POLAMALU, a member the Centennial Class of 2020, announced on his social media channels Friday that he recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Polamalu also informed staff at the Pro Football Hall of Fame of his diagnosis. Together they are working with health officials to determine whether he could be cleared to travel to Canton in time for his Enshrinement, scheduled for Aug. 7.

“Thank God I feel great,” Polamalu said in his posts, adding his family members are doing well. “I’m working with the HOF to ensure we abide by all protocols to make it to Canton in time for all the festivities.”

Polamalu, elected in his first year of eligibility, played 12 season (2003-2014) with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, four-time All-Pro and won two Super Bowl rings (XL, XLIII). He was the 2010 AP Defensive Player of the Year and selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

“We are disappointed for Troy right now and pray for his quick recovery with no complications,” David Baker, President & CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said Friday. “We’ll work with him to make sure he’s honored as an enshrinee the way he should be – and that’s mindful of others in the Centennial Class, fans and everyone else in attendance. He had an incredible football career and will have an equally incredible career as a Hall of Famer.”

The Polamalu family has requested that their privacy be respected at this time.


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