But, while most other NFL players would be concerned about injuries to the knee or concussions, the former USC safety has taken out a hefty insurance policy, though not a common one for athletes. It’s a $1 million policy with Lloyds of London, endorsed by Head & Shoulders, to insure his hair.
Polamalu’s hair is one of his most distinguishing characteristics and a tribute to his Samoan heritage, where it is customary for men to wear their hair long.
Though this may seem like a crazy proposition, it does make sense for Polamalu. In 2006, he was ready to return an interception for a touchdown, but Kansas City running back Larry Johnson pulled his hair in order to tackle him.
Lloyds of London has been known to insure the body parts of famous people, including Tina Turner’s legs, Celine Dion’s vocal cords and even the body of former professional wrestler Ric Flair — now, the company has a two-time Super Bowl champion to add to that list.