Let's hope superstitious Steelers fans don't think this will bring the team bad luck.
The LA Times reports today that Pittsburgh safety and fan favorite Troy Polamalu will be trimming his mane for charity on Nov. 11. It's scheduled that way for a reason: the athlete will cut his hair on Veterans Day to support the Veterans of Foreign Wars Mane Event. The charity, which is dedicated to helping veterans returning home, is currently taking pledges of both money and the "Freedom Cut" as a way to promote awareness of the issues veterans face. As of this afternoon, VFW has raised over $37,000 for The Mane Event.
"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," Polamalu said in a statement Thursday.
Polamalu's ceremonial haircut is said to be his first in 10 years. His locks are a tribute to his Samoan heritage and are reported to be about three feet long. Beyond the attention from fans, Polamalu's hair (insured for $1 million) has also netted him a Head & Shoulders endorsement deal and have been spoofed in everything from shampoo commercials to Saturday Night Live.
“In the end, it’s just about another way to support the veterans,” VFW adjutant general John Hamilton said. “And, with Troy involved, we’re expecting to get some good media exposure.”