Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) sits on the bench during an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. The Titans won 16-9. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Photo: Gene J. Puskar
Photo: Gene J. Puskar

Polamalu to trim his trademark hair for veterans

Pittsburgh Steelers standout safety Troy Polamalu has announced he will cut his trademark long hair  on Veterans Day (Monday, November 11) as part of “The VFW Mane Event.”

 The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is asking "patriotic and caring citizens of our country to make a tangible difference in the lives of veterans by committing to also cut their hair, creating fundraiser pages, making monetary donations or just lending their voice to support life-changing VFW programs."

Polamalu is  a 6-time Pro Bowl selection, the 2010 AP Defensive Player of the Year, and a 2-time Super Bowl champion. He was also recently named one of the most likeable players in the NFL by Forbes Magazine.

 "I understand the issues that veterans, and their families, face while serving our country and I am honored to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars Mane Event, encouraging the nation to unite for veterans for a second year,” Polamalu said. “By getting my hair cut on Veterans Day, I am showing my commitment to the men and women who served our country … the real heroes."

The VFW’s annual United for Veterans initiative seeks to bring awareness to VFW programs and services that work to alleviate veterans’ struggles.

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