Polamalu is leader of the new school

Troy Polamalu, Roy Williams and the rest of the safety contingent at the Pro Bowl are helping to usher in a new era.

Updated: February 11, 2006, 12:36 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

HONOLULU -- The man who perhaps first represented the "New Age Safety" in the NFL glanced around at the assemblage of talent here following a Thursday practice, nodded and smiled, then agreed that, yeah, the ongoing evolution at the position continues to go pretty nicely, indeed.

Philadelphia Eagles star Brian Dawkins, with creative defensive coordinator Jim Johnson using him as a versatile wind-up toy, was a catalyst for the makeover of the safety position. For years, he was the face of change, ...

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