Smallish defenders consistently making big plays

Former Trojans Troy Polamalu and Lofa Tatupu don't have much of a relationship, but they have an equally dynamic impact on the field.

Updated: February 2, 2006, 5:40 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Lofa Tatupu grimaced and forced a faint smile.

The Seattle Seahawks' rookie linebacker was holding court at Tuesday's media day at Ford Field when the subject of Troy Polamalu came up for the seventh time in about 35 minutes.

How much interaction did the two have when they spent the 2002 season together at USC?

"Very little," Tatupu said. "I did get to study film on him. Man, when they put him in the box as a middle linebacker -- that was pretty good for a safety."

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