Troy Polamalu is one of the best defensive players to have ever played in the NFL. The crazy haired safety helped the Steelers dominate defensive stats during the noughties and early part of this decade.
He is an excellent cover guy and one of the most fearsome tacklers the NFL has ever seen. But every now and then, the Steelers team captain and safety does some incredibly insane things on the football field.
I think you will know what we are referring to. That's right, Troy Polamalu loves to try and predict the snap count of the opposing offensive and jump the snap. Quite often, the move by the Pittsburgh Steelers stalwart is successful, but every now and then he gets it completely wrong.
Case and point was the Pittsburgh Steelers trip to AFC North divisional rivals the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football. During a routine short-yardage field goal by the Ravens Justin Tucker, Polamalu thought it wise to try and pounce for the block.
So what was the result? Take a look at the video below.
Polamalu did indeed manage to time the snap to perfection yet again, but on this occasion he fell flat on his face well short of the position where he had a chance to block Tucker's field goal.
Rather than blocking the field goal and stopping the Ravens take a three score lead late in the fourth quarter, Tucker sealed the Ravens win while Polamalu went down in a blaze of embarrassment.
This epic field goal block attempt fail is not the only thing that is causing Troy Polamalu much embarrassment at the moment.
Pittsburgh's defense is a cause for concern right now after it was revealed by defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and Polamalu that they are struggling immensely with the no-huddle offense.
Reports have suggested that this weakness is the Steelers' kryptonite, but Polamalu explained during the past week that he believes LeBeau will solve the problem soon enough.
"What we've shown is if you want to huddle and play against us we'll do fine, but this no-huddle (offense) has given us some problems," Troy explained this week. "We have to do something to rectify that. Coach LeBeau is the genius of all defensive coordinators, and he'll figure it out."