Troy Polamalu was rewarded for one of his best games of the year against the Browns by being rewarded as the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for week 17.
Polamalu was all over the field as he broke up three passes to go along with two tackles and he also intercepted a pass.
The highlight of Polamalu's day might not have been any of the things I mentioned above but might have been just a tackle for loss he had on Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace. Troy timed the snap count (as he is one of the best in the league at doing so) and got between the center and guard and tackled Wallace before he was able to hand the ball off to Peyton Hillis. It was originally ruled as a sack but was later changed as a tackle for loss. I guess you can't get a sack on a running play. Unreal.
Polamalu is playing some of his best football of the year down the stretch for the Steelers and having him healthy and playing like this will be key for the playoff run coming up. The common demoninator in all of the Steelers Super Bowl runs has been getting plays from Troy so hopefully he can create some more of those turnovers.
This is the fifth time in his career that he has won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award
Polamalu is the fifth Steelers award winner this year and follows Antonio Brown who was named Special Team Player of the Week after the Steelers 35-7 win over the Bengals. LaMarr Woodley who won teh AFC Defensive Player of the Month in October. Ben Roethlisberger also won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award after week eight against the Patriots and week four against the Tennesse Titans and also joins Rashard Mendenhall who won the award after a week six win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.