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Steelers' Troy Polamalu Will Cut Very Famous Hair for Very Important Cause

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Safety Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers watches from the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Steelers defeated the Cardinals 32-20.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 19, 2013

Say goodbye to the best hair in the NFL

Stars and Stripes' Leo Shane III reports Pittsburgh Steelers star safety Troy Polamalu will cut his hair to honor veterans everywhere. Shane also reminds us that the 32-year-old led the charge for the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ “United for Veterans” campaign last year. 

Don't forget, Polamalu owns some mighty profitable hair. 

This time around, he is the face and hair of the VFW Mane Event. Here is a video Polamalu posted to his Facebook account that explains the event. 

For more information, you can head to the official website, which encourages people to make a pledge to shave their hair and raise funds for war veterans. 

Some of you might recall Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander recently donated $1 million to help support mental health of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, via Beck's Blog

It's always refreshing to see athletes give back, especially to those who commit themselves to such a thankless job. 

Of course, in this case, it remains to be seen how much of that famous hair will fall from Polamalu's head. According to the report, he initially promised a whopping 10 inches of hair to organizers. 

However, the Facebook post states he is ready to get a "ceremonial" haircut. Whether it be a snip of hair or the entire mane, Polamalu is still doing a great job to raise money and awareness for a fantastic cause. 

Adjutant general John Hamilton explained what the VFW hopes might come from such an odd event—one that asks people to simply visit a barber because it may just help veterans. 

Jul 27, 2013; Latrobe, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) reacts during training camp at Saint Vincent College. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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At the heart of it all, it seems Hamilton just wants the general public to be more aware of the plight of soldiers coming home. 

To that end, you can pledge to get your hair cut or dare someone else to do just that. The "Do It" portion of the website is where you can create a fundraiser page for friends and family to send donations as you promise to cut your hair on Veterans Day. 

That "dare" button promises to make things mighty interesting. 

As of this writing, the amount raised stood at just over $34,000. We are confident that with hair as prominent as Polamalu's, that number should skyrocket in the next month. 

Again, we have no clue as to how much hair Polamalu will cut in the name of veterans. However, he's already done enough in raising the general public's awareness to a great cause.

 

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