NFL Player Troy Polamalu is notorious for his supersized hair, his shaggy mane reaches a metre out in all directions and that’s when it’s curly! It’s so big it barely fits in his helmet and a number of it tumbles out the back. Polamalu’s trademark hair won him a sponsorship deal with Head Shoulders, under the umbrella corporation of Proctor Gamble. Nonetheless, the ‘multinational’ decided to protect their interests by taking out insurance on the Pittsburgh Steelers defender’s hair to the tune of $ 1m. Let me tell you something. Whenever discolouring and natural hair loss, proctor and Gamble ok out the policy with Lloyds of London, the insurer will not reveal what the policy covers but experts assume it involves damage.
I’m sure it sounds familiar. The defender had been tackled a couple of times by his long hair, that he claims is the most painful thing that has happened to him in a game.
In 2006 he was grabbed by Larry Johnson of the Kansas City Chief’s and pulled down by his hair as he was running for an uchdown after intercepting a pass. While, the NFL governing body currently has no rules on having long hair and an estimated 10 of players now have hair protruding from the back of their helmets. Some also claim that with hair that long, spectators are unable to see his name and number on his shirt but as he is only one player with 3 foot hair, it’s difficult to mistake him. League also has no rules on tackling by means of pulling hair as their rules predate the hairy trend when every player had short to medium hair. A well-known fact that is. In 2008 the NFL’s governing body proposed new rules that hair must be kept under the helmets and away from player’s names but this was rejected.