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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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31.

Elson    

FIGHT ON, TROY! From a fellow USC alum!

1066 days ago
32.

Onward    

An athlete who decides to model good behavior to inspire his young fans? What a concept!

Congratulations, Troy! Too bad your values can't rub off on some of your teammates.

1066 days ago
33.

ness    

Good for him:)

1066 days ago
34.

Kevin    

How did he get all of his hair into that cap lol

1066 days ago
35.

anony    

WHERE'S HIS HAIR?!??!

1066 days ago
36.

Gretchen    

LOL, even though I'm a Browns fan I HAVE to say CONGRATULATIONS for setting a good example for our young people!

1065 days ago
37.

Trojan Princess    

Trojan is for Life. Thanks for your undying love and loyalty to your Alma Mater, it was great to see you and Carson "drop in" at the San Diego Trojan Club dinner and the way you two spoke about your love for USC and your former teammates. Fight On!

1065 days ago
38.

JAN    

A jock with brians??!! Shocking!

1065 days ago
39.

ManiacalZebra    

Congrats!

I'm glad he followed through with his degree. He realized that he will have to face life after football and did something about it. I'm sure his family is very proud of him right now.

1065 days ago
40.

Cindy M.    

Excellent job Troy! You have always been a fave of mine on the field and now off as well. Saw a brief story last night about your childhood, your family "the communnity" that raised you. Wish all children were so lucky and loved. You are truly an inspiration and I thank you.

P/S You gotta share how you got all that beautiful hair under your cap?

1065 days ago
41.

SantaFeJack    

Proof that one can be a star athlete and an accomplished student. Nice to read a story like this among the trash one usually finds on TMZ.

1065 days ago
42.

kim    

Congrats to him! He is right. NOTHING replaces an education and i have always said that if you play college football you shouldnt be able to go on to professional football until AFTER you officially graduate. It should be a rule that ALL sports players have at least a GED if not a college degree because most sports careers end early & you need an education to fall back on. Only a few make it to the big time and make it last for years.
What a role model!

1065 days ago
43.

noneofyourbusiness    

A pro-athelete I can finally respect!

1064 days ago
44.

Lina    

Congrats. You are a ROLE MODEL. We need more people and celebrities like TROY. :)

1064 days ago
45.

Glenda Daniels    

Congratulations Troy way to go you are great at all you do pass everything you know and do to your son and he will make you proud just like im sure your parents are of you great job.

1064 days ago
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