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“It’s a part of our culture now. I’m used to it,” Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “If I could grow my hair that long I’d consider it.”

Besides, fans love it. Polamalu’s ‘do is so famous it has its own website, and Head & Shoulders has insured his hair for $1 million. There are Facebook pages devoted just to Matthews‘ and Peko’s hair. Kids all over Cleveland donned dreadlock wigs and went as Cribbs for Halloween.

After the Steelers-Bengals game Monday night, someone combed through the footage and posted a series of clips of the one play where Peko, in a rare appearance as a fullback, lined up against Polamalu, calling it, “When Two Great Heads Of Hair Meet, Only One Can Survive.” Peko flattened Polamalu on the play, helping clear the way for a Bengals touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 27-21 win _ a hair-raising play that would have impressed Vince Lombardi AND Vidal Sassoon.

“I’m walking around the stores or eating dinner, and people just come up to me and say, ‘Dude, can I touch your hair?’ ” Peko said. “That’s pretty funny.”


AP Sports Writers Howard Ulman, Joseph White, Dave Ginsburg, Dennis Waszak Jr., Alan Robinson, Mike Cranston, Steve Wine, Fred Goodall, Teresa M. Walker, Brett Martel, Paul Newberry, Joe Kay, Tom Withers, Larry Lage, Mike Marot, Chris Jenkins, Jon Krawczynski, Doug Tucker, Jaime Aron, Arnie Stapleton, Bob Baum, Tim Booth, Janie McCauley and Josh Dubow, Associated Press Writer Schuyler Dixon and AP freelancer Bob Matuszak contributed to this report.