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Super Bowl's Clay Matthews vs. Troy Polamalu: Hair fight!

January 26, 2011 |  2:45 pm

Now we're talking war.

A hair war for the Super Bowl.

Matthews_400 Clay Matthews, the Green Bay Packers' great outside linebacker (60 tackles, 13.5 sacks, two forced fumbles) whose long flowing locks are unmistakable, has signed a deal to promote Unilever's Suave shampoo.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (63 tackles, one sack, seven interceptions) of course has equally long locks (play the video above) and is sponsored and insured for $1 million by Head & Shoulders.

Two former USC standouts, each worthy of being named the NFL's defensive player of the year. 

Whom to pick?

After the Steelers won Sunday's AFC championship game to set up the hair rivalry for the Super Bowl, Matthews was asked about hair endorsement deals.

"I've been throwing it out there and just getting shunned," Matthews said. "I don't know what it is ... America, I'm looking for a hair deal."

Suave was listening.

According to CNBC.com, Matthews’ marketing agent  Ryan Williams said it’s a one-year deal that includes media appearances before and after the Super Bowl. Terms were not disclosed.

"The idea behind Suave is that men need different products than women," Williams said. "Clay really wanted to do a deal like this."

What is it with guys and long hair anyway?

--Debbie Goffa

Photo: Clay Matthews. Credit: David J. Phillip / Associated Press

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