Sep 09

Ticket Giveaway Winners for 2013-14 Season

For the last several seasons, I’ve given away two tickets to each game to one random fan. Announcements are made on my twitter and facebook pages each week. Each week, winners who were able to enjoy the free tickets will be posted here. Winner for Week 1 against the Titans: Seth O’Neal from Fairmont, West [...]


Aug 27

Well-conditioned Polamalu hopes for injury-free season with Steelers

By Ralph N. Paulk Troy Polamalu, visibly trimmer and more fit than a year ago, is pacing himself like a savvy distance runner during preseason practices at St. Vincent. At 32, one of the most-feared strong safeties in the NFL enters his 11th season physically and mentally refreshed. He isn’t half-stepping around the Steelers’ training [...]


May 16

Cranberry Student’s Positive Attitude Nets Him Polamalu Award

Click here to watch the video for the story. By Karen Kane (via Post-Gazette.com) “It’s just a flesh wound,” said the bespectacled 12-year-old Brendan Allen of Cranberry — a wry reference to a Monty Python skit in which a dueling fencer refuses to concede defeat despite the loss of a couple of limbs to his [...]


May 08

Announcement: April Student of the Month

I’m very happy to announce 6th grader Brendan Allen of Haine Middle School as my April Student of the Month. Being born with Neurofibromatosis Type I, at just 12 years old Brendan has endured far more than most many times his age, and the poise with which he’s handled his situation is inspiring to say the [...]


Apr 03

Giveaway: April Student of the Month

***UPDATE: Entry form is now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of a winner in the next week or so. Thanks to everyone who entered! Hey teachers, I’m excited to kick off an opportunity for you to nominate your students for the month of April. You can use the form below to submit an entry for one [...]


Feb 28

Announcement: February Student of the Month

Hey everyone, I’m very pleased to announce the February Student of the Month is 8th grader Cole Kocjancic of Fairview Middle School. A leader among his peers, he played quarterback and was named captain of the team, was elected President of student council, and plays point guard for his basketball team. The core of what [...]


Feb 04

Giveaway: February Student of the Month

***UPDATE: form is now clsoed for submissions. Be looking out later this month for the announcement of this month’s winner.   Hey teachers, Now that students are settled into this semester, I’d like to get my Student of the Month giveaway rolling again. The form below is now open for submissions for the month of [...]


Dec 28

North Hills Senior Honored by Troy & Theodora Polamalu in Nationwide Competition

(via northhills.patch.com) North Hills High School senior Jennifer Wright was chosen as the November Student of the Month from among 300 applications in a nationwide contest conducted by Troy43.com, an arm of the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation run by the Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety and his wife. Jennifer was nominated by North Hills English teacher Mark Franks [...]


Dec 03

Thoughts on coming back from injury, life, and recent events…

After being out for so long, God has reminded me of why football is so important in my life. Time away has this effect on me anyway, but especially when coupled with the sudden and sad news in Kansas City.  This game has aligned many things for me, and despite the recent challenges, tragedies, and [...]


Nov 20

Giveaway: November Student of the Month

***Form is now closed for entries. Stay tuned for a winner announcement in the near future. Hey everyone, I’m now taking submissions for Student of the Month nominations for the month of November. If you submitted in previous months but didn’t get chosen, keep submitting! There’s always a chance your student could still be selected. [...]