The Pittsburgh Steelers are now into the offseason, following a year in which they had high hopes for Super Bowl success, but ultimately fell short of even reaching the postseason at 8-8. It was a tumultuous season, both on the field and within the roster, and the months to follow figure to have some drama as well, especially in light of the team’s failure to improve upon the year before.
The team made some bold moves over the course of the past year, and some areas of the roster look quite a bit different than they did a year ago, or even at the start of the regular season. Whether due to injuries or otherwise, a lot has transpired, and we’re left to wonder how much more will change prior to September.
How will Ben Roethlisberger’s rehab progress as he winds toward recovery from an elbow injury that cost him almost the entire season? What about some of the key young players, some of whom have already impressed, others still needing quite a bit of growth? Will there be changes to the coaching staff? The front office? Who will they not retain in free agency, and whom might they bring in?
These are the sorts of questions among many others that we have been exploring on a daily basis and will continue to do so. Football has become a year-round pastime and there is always a question to be asked, though there is rarely a concrete answer, as I’ve learned in my years of doing this.
Question: Who will present Troy Polamalu when he is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
Considering we’re already getting reports about other enshrinees and whom they’ve chosen to present them when they are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I figured now would be as fitting a time as any to ask this question. When Polamalu is up there on the stage, who is going to be the one introducing him?
Given who he is, this could really go a number of ways. It could be Dick LeBeau, his former defensive coordinator, and I would suspect this will be the most popular guess. They had a very close relationship, and he only ever spent his rookie season working under another defensive coordinator.
Then again, it could be any number of teammates, though I would probably put Ryan Clark up on the top of the list of those most likely to be given the honor, considering how close they were both on and off the field. Somebody like Ike Taylor could be a possibility as well.
Equally likely, I think, would be family member or something like that. He also has strong ties to USC, and Pete Carroll was his head coach for two seasons there. I would put this one on the lower end of the guesses, but nevertheless…
Who do you think will present Polamalu for his enshrinement ceremony? Unlike the others, we may not hear about it for a while, given that he prefers to keep to himself.