Three months ago, David Baker informed Troy Polamalu during his stay at the Loews Beach Hotel that he has been nominated into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Unlike other players having a career in the NFL, Polamalu had a completely different reaction towards his achievement.

He continues being grounded just as he is on the football field, even after earning the game’s highest honor. He has not let any of his achievements come in his way and has continued being true to himself and the game; whether it was when he was nominated All-American in college at USC, or to the Pro Bowl with the Steelers, or at the College Football Hall of Fame.

Over a phone call on Monday afternoon, Polamalu was at his candid best.  “I’m sorry if this doesn’t come out right. I want to be as frank as possible, but I’ve always felt like a fraud”, said the player.

“I always felt like I never deserved any of the awards that I got because I had so much respect for other people that I never equated myself with them. When it comes to receiving any sort of these awards, it never felt authentic to me. I always felt like a fraud…”, he further added.