Troy Polamalu, whose long, luscious hair has made him one of the most recognizable athletes in the country, announced Thursday that he would be getting a haircut on Veteran's Day in solidarity with the Veterans of Foreign Wars' "Mane Event." Held on Nov. 11, the "Mane Event" will raise money and awareness for veterans who are returning home from overseas.
This was surely no easy decision for Polamalu, who keeps his hair long as a tribute to his Samoan heritage. In the past he's said he wouldn't shave his head if it meant a Super Bowl win for the Steelers. The six-time Pro Bowler hasn't gotten a haircut in more than a decade, and his mane is nearly three feet long.
Polamalu's locks have even been insured for $1 million.
Here's what the 32-year-old posted on Facebook, which includes a YouTube clip with more information on the project.