Troy Polamalu pronounces he examined optimistic for Covid – per week earlier than HOF enshrinement

CANTON, Ohio – Troy Polamalu, who is set to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next week, announced via social media that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

Polamalu, who spent all 12 of his NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, said via Twitter:

“Fam, I recently tested positive for the Covid-19. Thank God I feel great and family are well. I’m working with the HOF to ensure we abide by all protocols to make it to Canton in time for all the festivities…”

The hall is inducting both the 2020 and 2021 classes Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-8, respectively.

Hall officials announced they are working with health officials to determine whether Polamalu could be cleared to travel to Canton.

“We are disappointed for Troy right now and pray for his quick recovery with no complications,” David Baker, president and chief executive officer of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said in a release Friday. “We’ll work with him to make sure he’s honored as an enshrinee the way he should be – and that’s mindful of others in the Centennial Class, fans and everyone else in attendance. He had an incredible football career and will have an equally incredible career as a Hall of Famer.”

Polamalu, who patrolled the defensive backfield as a strong safety, was elected in his first year of eligibility. He played from 2003 to 2014, spending his entire career with the Steelers.

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