Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu never received a start in his rookie season, as he had to wait for his sophomore season to gain that NFL starting debut. The first start was in the opening week of the 2004 season against the Oakland Raiders.
Polamalu made seven tackles in the game, four of them were of the solo variety. The rest of his stat line was empty that day, as he had no passes defended, interceptions, fumble recoveries or sacks.
The Steelers beat Oakland 24-21 and Polamalu began to settle in as the starting safety for the Steelers. He would be making his impact in the weeks that followed.