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The Steelers are 3-1 to start the season, despite playing everyone this side of Bubby Brister and Mike Tomczak at quarterback while waiting for Ben Roethlisberger's suspension to run its course. Considering they didn't fare nearly as well during Troy Polamalu's extended injury absence last season, is it fair to suggest that the guy with the famous hair is the most valuable player on what the experts (and SportsNation) rank as the league's No. 1 team?

And if all of that is true, well, shouldn't Polamalu be in the MVP debate?

kardfan (illinois)

Mort: all things being equall...who's the best player in the N.F.L?

Chris Mortensen
Chris Mortensen

Peyton Manning... Troy Polamalu there, too. I'm basing it on current play and history. There's about 10 guys I could mention, almost evenly split among offense and defense. Full transcript

Omar (Baltimore)

You like Polamalu more than Patrick Willis, DeMarcus Ware, and Nmandi Asomugha?

Chris Mortensen
Chris Mortensen

See, that's like splitting hairs and Troy has more hair! But, yes, I think Polamalu impacts run and pass defense for Steelers. Those others are all great, all part of that mention of saying there are 10 players we could debate and it's fairly split among offense and defense. Full transcript

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