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Troy Polamalu Cuts Famous Hair for Charity for Veterans

By    |   Wednesday, 13 November 2013 01:54 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu got his first "haircut" in 12 years as the football player donated a few locks of his hair for charity.

Known for his long, curly hair as much as punishing hits, Polamalu snipped three 3-inch locks of his hair to raise awareness for military veterans' issues, as part of the VFW's "Mane Event."

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"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 in a statement released by the VFW in September. "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 Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation, Head & Shoulders, and Polamalu joined forces to raise money and awareness for veterans causes. Polamalu's hair will be auctioned off for the organization.

"Every time a piece of my hair comes out, and I look at a 20-inch strand, I'm like, 'Wow, what happened when this first started growing?'" Polamalu said. "You think about all the life experience that you've had, and my hair's been a part of me. It's kind of become my fifth appendage and my identity."

Polamalu has long been a fixture on the Steelers defense, and has won two Super Bowls with the team, and appeared in a third. The 32-year-old's hair has also become a celebrity in its own right, with numerous commercials for Head & Shoulders.

But the teams coming up against the Steelers soon had better watch out: Polamalu says after the haircut, he feels "lighter and faster already," according to a First Coast News video.

"Troy Polamalu has one of the most famous heads of hair in America," John Hamilton, VFW Adjutant General, told TribLive.com. "To have him take a role in our efforts is appreciated. We hope this event will help bring public awareness to the vital work the VFW is doing on behalf of those who deserve it most — our nation's veterans, military and their families."

Other athletes have cut their hair for charity over the years, including Polamalu's teammate Brett Keisel, Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Joes Reyes, and Philadelphia Flyers left winger Scott Hartnell. Also, several members of the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox shaved their beards for charity.

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