Homecoming King

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu spends a week renewing his fighting spirit in American Samoa this summer

Updated: August 29, 2011, 3:16 PM ET
By Carmen R. Thompson | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Sept. 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine

COULD YOU BE LOVED The alofa (love) for Troy Polamalu is evident as soon as he arrives at Pago Pago International Airport. Polamalu, 30, was born to Samoan parents in Garden Grove, Calif., and grew up in Tenmile, Ore. He says the entirety of his only other trip to Samoa, taken a decade ago when he was a relatively unknown USC safety, was less eventful than the initial moments of this visit. "It reminds me of that ...

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