Theodora Holmes, Troy Polamalu’s Wife Is A Devoted Philanthropist

By CannonPublished on: February 19, 2024 Updated on: February 21, 2024
Birthday March 8, 1983
Birthplace San Diego, California
Age 41 years
Husband Troy Polamalu
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Theodora Holmes is the wife of former football safety Troy Polamalu, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL. She is also from a family with a strong sports background. From her father to her siblings, all had decent careers as professional footballers.

However, Theodora is equally a devoted humanitarian. She serves on the FOCUS North American Board of Directors. Along with her husband, Holmes has also founded a couple of charity organizations to support their community.

Apart from their charity endeavors, the college sweethearts, Theodora and Troy, are proud parents of two children. Let’s explore more interesting facts about Troy’s wife and their marriage in the article below!

Who Is Troy Polamalu’s Wife Theodora Holmes?

Theodora is a passionate philanthropist who co-founded The Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation along with her husband, Troy. It aims to help those who are in need in their community. It was initially established for the Polamalu family to share their fortune with their community and the lands of their heritage.

The couple also founded the Harry Panos Fund in honor of Theodora’s World War II veteran grandfather.

Besides, Holmes graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh Honors Program.

Theodora Is On The Board of Directors For FOCUS North America

In November 2009, it was announced that Troy’s wife, Theodora, was elected as a member of The Board of Directors For FOCUS North America. Following her appointment, Charles Ajalat, Chairman of the Board said,

Theodora is a great example of what it means to give with a heart like God and for God… to give of your time, your resources and your talents to help brothers and sisters in need here at home

In the same way, Fr. Justin Mathews, CEO of the organization, expressed,

We believe Theodora’s involvement will help propel FOCUS North America forward in a great and God-serving direction.

Later on, Holmes and her husband, Troy, also teamed up with its Tackle Poverty campaign with the aim to help the homeless in America. Mrs. Polamalu said that “their participation in this ministry is very personal because Troy struggled in his youth with poverty.”

She further said of her husband,

By God’s grace, Troy was able to overcome the circumstances He grew up in. However, not everyone is as fortunate as Troy.

Additionally, Holmes is also a member of the Phipps Conservatory Board of Trustees and the Pittsburgh Foundation Sports Outreach Committee.

Theodora Holmes and Her Husband Troy Polamalu Met In College

The two first came across when both of them were at the University of Southern California (USC) in the late 90’s. The two were introduced by Theodora’s brother, Alex Holmes, who was also Troy’s teammate at college.

Troy and his better half, Theodora in college
Troy and his spouse, Theodora in college.

Holmes and Polamalu immediately hit it off. He played for the Trojans from 1999 to 2002. A year later, they moved to Pittsburgh after Troy was drafted into the NFL by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

They Engaged in 2004 and Married in 2005

After dating for nearly five years, Troy proposed to his future wife, Theodora, in 2004. The following year, the couple decided to start a new chapter in their lives by getting married on January 27, 2005. However, their wedding was a private affair only attended by close family and friends.

It’s been nearly two decades since they got hitched and their marital life is still going so strong. In 2024, they celebrated their 19 anniversary.

Holmes And Her Partner Are The Parents of Two Children

Holmes along with her hubby, Troy, is also the proud mother of two children. The duo welcomed their first child, a son, Paisios Polamalu, on Oct. 31, 2008. Their second son, Ephraim Polamalu, was born on 16th September 2010.

Theodora with her hubby and kids.
Theodora and her husband, Troy, with their two sons.

Since both Troy and his better half, Theodora, are devoted Christians named both of their sons in honor of the ascetic. Paisios was named after the great contemporary Greek Orthodox monastic, Elder Paisios, while his younger brother, Ephraim, was named after Saint Ephrem the Syrian.

The duo go often to a Greek Orthodox monastery in Saxonburg.

The Family Of Four Resides In San Diego

At present, Theodora resides in San Diego, California with her hubby and kids. Her spouse, Troy, purchased the house for $9 million in late 2018.

Their main house and three guesthouses spread on its 3.25-acre space. They have a total of 7 bedrooms and 10.5 baths.

Troy Polamalu’s Wife, Theodora Holmes Has Football In Her Blood

Holmes was born on 8th March 1983, in San Diego, California to Michael Holmes and Katina. Her father Mike is a former University of Michigan football defensive end. He played for the college in the mid-70’s. He later worked as a financial advisor to the Saudi Arabian royal family for about thirty years.

Theodora's mother with her two kids.
Theodora with her mother and a brother.

On the other hand, her mother, Katina, was a classicist. As a lover of classic literature, Katina used to share it with her kids from a young age. Instead of ordinary bedtime stories, the mother of three would read them the stories by great philosophers like Plato, Aeschylus, and Homer.

She Has Two Footballer Brothers Just Like Her Husband

As mentioned, Holmes comes from a family deeply rooted in football. Following in her father’s footsteps, her brothers, Khaled Holmes (19th January 1990) and Alex Holmes (22nd August 1981) also pursued their careers in the same fields.

Her older brother, Alex, who stands tall at 6 feet 3 inches, is a former National Football League (NFL) tight end who played for the Miamis Dolphins and St. Louis Rams in 2005 and 2006 respectively. He played college football at the University of Southern California.


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Besides, her younger brother, Khaled, also played college football at USC and made his NFL draft with the Indianapolis Colts in 2013. He played as a center for the team until 2015. He later went on to play for the Chicago Bears and New York Giants.

Both the Holmes brothers are quite close with their sister, Theodora. Not only with her but they have also shared a cordial relationship with her husband, Troy.

Back in April 2017, on the occasion of National Siblings Day, Alex posted a family photo with his siblings and brother-in-law, Troy.

Theodora and her partner Troy with her siblings.
Theodora and her siblings, Alex and Khaled in an event.

They often gather for family events.

About Author: Cannon

Cannon, a seasoned NFL content writer with a strong passion for the game, boasts years of experience in the field. His expertise extends to capturing the essence of NFL stars, their WAGs, parents, and beyond, providing in-depth insights that truly resonate with football enthusiasts.