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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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16.

sara    

Yeah Troy! Great role model.

Congratuations! Why not go for a Master's?

1223 days ago
17.

gibbs    

Class act. Love the hair.

1223 days ago
18.

Kiko    

I noticed that he wasn't involved in a drive-by shooting last night, either.

1223 days ago
19.

Puckett    

Good for him for finally finishing what he started, but when he says...

"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."

lol, didn't he blow off finishing his education to pursue a lucrative sports contract before returning to finish what he started?

1223 days ago
20.

Deven    

Hot, athletic, AND smart. Sign me up!

1223 days ago
21.

en Todo Momento!!    

dude. college degrees are for kids. get real.

1223 days ago
22.

Melissa S    

Awesome!

1223 days ago
23.

Jeni    

Congrats :)
What a role model!
Education is most definably important and hope more athletes will follow his footsteps

1223 days ago
24.

Ty    

Very kewl.

1223 days ago
25.

Say what?!    

What happened to his hair?

All kidding aside--BIG CONGRATULATIONS to you, Troy! That's quite and accomplishment and best wishes to you and your family.

1223 days ago
26.

Cynthia Dennis    

Congrats Troy!

1223 days ago
27.

Jim in Cali    

BOOM, HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO. PROUD OF YOU TROY!!

1223 days ago
28.

Jim in Cali    

And to Who-Dey the Bungle fan, who going to beat those bungles? WE DEY. GO STEELERS

1223 days ago
29.

Kelly    

We don't hear enough about great sports role models like this guy

Congratulations Mr Polamalu

1223 days ago
30.

hello    

Congrats Troy! Thanks for being such a positive role model. Fight On!

1223 days ago
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