Steelers' top pick has history of concussions
Updated: May 1, 2003, 1:01 PM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
The Pittsburgh Steelers went into last weekend's draft with a single-minded focus -- to get USC's Troy Polamalu. And why not? He was clearly the highest-rated safety on the board, can hit with the force of a tsunami and run like the wind. Given the Steelers' obvious need to add speed to a plodding secondary, the third- and sixth-round picks it cost them to move up to select the former Trojan seemed a small price to pay. Polamalu also brought to the table a well-renowned lineage. USC is famous for producing very good safeties, and boasts alums like Ronnie Lott, Mark Carrier, Joey Browner and Dennis Thurmond.