If you know anything about Troy Polamalu, you know family matters.
It matters more than football.
However, for the first time in his professional career, Polamalu was going to finally have the best of both worlds – football and family – when the Steelers play Indianapolis on Sunday at Heinz Field.
That’s because Polamalu was going to get a chance to compete against family.
Polamalu’s brother-in-law, Khaled Holmes, is a center for the Colts.
“It would’ve been weird,” Polamalu said. “It would’ve been exciting and fun though. He just told me that it was weird watching me on film.”
Yes, Polamalu said ‘would’ve’ because it’s unlikely to happen now.
Holmes started the season as the Colts’ starting center, but a high ankle sprain during the first series of the preseason opener forced him to the sidelines.
Even though he’s healthy now, Holmes is behind undrafted rookie Jonotthan Harrison and former Steeler and Moon graduate A.Q. Shipley.
Holmes, a fourth-round pick in 2013, has been a game day inactive all seven weeks despite being looked at as the center of the future for the Colts during the offseason.
“It is disappointing that he lost his starting spot,” Polamalu said. “I was looking forward to it.”
Polamalu is nine years older than Holmes so the two never played against each other before. In fact, when Polamalu first met his wife, Theodora, at USC, Holmes wasn’t even 10 years-old yet.
“It’s crazy because I remember in the offseason going back and taking him to basketball practices when I trained in California,” Polamalu said. “Who knows, maybe it will make room for him coming here one day.”
Polamalu has another brother-in-law, Alex Holmes. Alex Holmes played with Polamalu at USC before having a short stint in the NFL with the Dolphins and Rams.
The two never played against each other professional, either.
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