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Troy Polamalu

GRADUATES from USC

5/16/2011 3:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Troy Polamalu now has a college degree to go with his two Superbowl rings -- because the football star graduated from USC on Friday with a bachelor's degree in history.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers' star safety posted his sentiment about the event on his personal website saying "I decided to finish what I started and walked that stage [Friday] not only because it was very important to me personally, but because I want to emphasize the importance of education, and that nothing should supersede it."

He continued with "I truly love football ... but it's certainly not a replacement for an education."

Polamalu was drafted after his senior year in 2003 -- but didn't have time to finish his degree. 

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Nostradamus    

Awesome Troy, you're a hell of a man on and off the field.

1204 days ago
2.

Carl    

No thanking Head and Shoulders for that great hair?

1204 days ago
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writenow    

Hi there Graduate! CONGRATULATIONS on becoming more than just a pretty face.

(Okay, and star athlete.)

1204 days ago
4.

Puckett    

This is supposed to be celebrity gossip?

If you want real Hollywood gossip go to Radaronline.com and read the latest Lindsay exclusive.

"'Belligerent' Lindsay Lohan Caught In Nightclub Ruckus"

lol

1204 days ago
5.

Sarafina    

That's wonderful, Troy--congrats!! You and your family must be very proud of all of your accomplishments and especially getting the degree.

1204 days ago
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ocgirl    

Good for him! Congrats! Finally TMZ writes about a good role model!

1204 days ago
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middleagedcrazy    

CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes for you and your family.

Great athlete and real intellectual person.

* + * + * + * + * + *

1204 days ago
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Rogue Warrior    

He's very cool and he deserves the congratulations coming his way. He is one of the few in the NFL that hold themselves to higher standards.....

1204 days ago
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Jack DaCarup    

Congrats Troy!

1204 days ago
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TexasBlonde    

Congratulations, Troy. That is the best example you can set for all young football players in junior high and high school. They need to know their education and college diploma are very important.

Great job!

1204 days ago
11.

Problem?    

How did he get all that hair into that cap?!

Seriously, though, good for him. He is one athlete kids should look up to.

1204 days ago
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livereater    

troy is just a long line of steelers greats such as terry bradshaw, ben roethlisberger, & jerome bettis.

1204 days ago
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gutsygirl    

Troy is a true role model both on and off the field. Are you listening, NBA thugs?

1204 days ago
14.

Charlie Sheen's Watch    

Congratulations! You are absolutely right and I commend you on your dedication/commitment to education.

I wish more people with national recognition emphasized education.

1204 days ago
15.

who-Dey    

I'm a massive Cincinnati fan and loathe the Squeelers, but I have nothing but absolute respect for this gentleman. Good for him and we need role models like him in professional sports. Congrats, Troy!

1204 days ago
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