Pollard takes no pride in knocking out so many Patriots

AP

Whenever there’s been a debilitating Patriots injury the last few years, it seems Bernard Pollard is always nearby.

As a Chief, his hit on Tom Brady yielded a torn ACL. With the Texans, he was in the area when Wes Welker suffered an ACL tear. And after joining the Ravens, his bringing down Rob Gronkowski resulted in a high ankle sprain.

But in advance of Sunday’s Ravens-Patriots game, Pollard said he takes no pride in being labeled a Patriot missile.

Anything that I’ve done, I don’t celebrate with that,” Pollard told Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. “I don’t laugh when people come up to me and call me ‘The Brady Killer.’ I don’t laugh at that. I’m looking at a man that I respect. I respect Tom Brady with everything that I have. I know his story, I respect him, first of all, because he’s a man. I respect him because he’s a  player.

“Honestly, I don’t get excited because of that. When it’s all said and done, that man had to do the treatment, he had to do everything else to come back. Nothing is done maliciously.”

That doesn’t mean he’s worried about being the bad guy.

“Uh, they can think I’m a villain all they want to,” Pollard said. “I think the fans have to understand that we as players, we don’t come out and look to hurt anybody. That’s not our intention by any means.

“But I think fans have to understand that this is a very violent game. And at any snap of the ball, anybody can get hurt.”

Of course, there’s no guarantee Pollard’s even going to play Sunday, as the Ravens aren’t as confident as they were earlier in the week that he’ll be back from bruised ribs.

But if he’s there, the Patriots will be watching.

24 responses to “Pollard takes no pride in knocking out so many Patriots

  1. Actually, Brady’s ACL was torn because Laurence Maroney blocked Pollard into him. Maroney was the third-down back instead of Kevin Faulk because Faulk was serving a one-game suspension for being caught with marijuana at a Lil Wayne concert.

    Lil Wayne killed Brady’s knee.

  2. Nothing wrong with his hit on Gronkowski. That’s just football. Looking back at his hit on Brady, Sammy Morris should’ve done a better job keeping Pollard down after blocking him, instead of allowing him to lunge at Brady’s knee.

  3. As a Patriots fan … I like this guy… he is a player … he cares … and he is a pro… Injuries are a real part of this game … if you go back and look at the play with Gronk … Pollard was the only Raven between Gronk and the end zone … he doesn’t make that play… Pats score and put the game out of reach.

  4. I disagree. He’s changed his story every year.

    He was contrite immediately after the hit on Brady, when I think he was scared about league discipline. Then a year or so later he got belligerent about it in the press, and antagonized the Pats and their fans. He had nothing really to do with the Welker injury, as I remember it, but the Gronk hit, to me, looked intentional and cheap as did the Brady hit.

    I think this guy is a cheap shot artist, and I don’t like him. He reminds me of Merriweather, who I was ecstatic the Pats dumped. I hope he plays and someone lays him out hard. I look forward to him no longer being in the NFL.

  5. benh999, you need to re-watch the play. He was blocked to the ground and then crawled forward and lunged into Brady’s knee. He wasn’t blocked into Brady.

  6. As a Steeler fan, I respect Pollard’s play. Hard-nosed/take-no-prisoners.

    To the Ravens’ credit, they draft very physical players. Lewis and Ogden came early on. Reed is another notable one from a number of years back.

    But they’ve drafted players with the same mentality and game since. Ngata is the prime example.

    In addition, the Ravens have acquired legitimate tough guys in free agency too. Pollard comes to mind. So does Leach.

    They play football the way my Steelers do. Buckle the chinstrap, line up and play football.

    As for Pollard’s quotes, it doesn’t get much classier than that. How can you not respect those sentiments?

  7. Maybe he should stop diving at peoples knees and they won’t label him like that. Learn how to tackle properly.

  8. benh999 says:
    Sep 19, 2012 10:43 AM

    “Actually, Brady’s ACL was torn because Laurence Maroney blocked Pollard into him. Maroney was the third-down back instead of Kevin Faulk because Faulk was serving a one-game suspension for being caught with marijuana at a Lil Wayne concert.

    Lil Wayne killed Brady’s knee.”

    It was actually Sammy Morris who was blocking on the play not Maroney.

  9. benh999 says: Sep 19, 2012 10:43 AM

    Actually, Brady’s ACL was torn because Laurence Maroney blocked Pollard into him. Maroney was the third-down back instead of Kevin Faulk because Faulk was serving a one-game suspension for being caught with marijuana at a Lil Wayne concert.

    Lil Wayne killed Brady’s knee.
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    It was Sammie Morris, not Laurence Maroney. Look it up. But you’re right on everything else.

  10. you can’t call yourself a pats fan and like this guy. can’t do it. you can respect him as a player. but i refuse to feel anything but dislike for him. he has caused me to much heartache.

  11. severinsmith says:
    Sep 19, 2012 11:03 AM
    I disagree. He’s changed his story every year.

    He was contrite immediately after the hit on Brady, when I think he was scared about league discipline. Then a year or so later he got belligerent about it in the press, and antagonized the Pats and their fans. He had nothing really to do with the Welker injury, as I remember it, but the Gronk hit, to me, looked intentional and cheap as did the Brady hit.

    I think this guy is a cheap shot artist, and I don’t like him. He reminds me of Merriweather, who I was ecstatic the Pats dumped. I hope he plays and someone lays him out hard. I look forward to him no longer being in the NFL.

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    This is how I remember it, too. Not too impressed with his recent “hard working” and “humble” statements. In my eyes, he lunged at the knee (not watching it again) AND he swung his leg around in a weird kung-fu move to tackle Gronk, too.

    I totally forgot about Welker, though. That’s a heck of a coincidence.

    Keep him away from Brady, that’s all I can say. Keep him away.

  12. This guy is a below average at best. He would be cut if he was on the steelers. No room for soft on our viscious defense!

  13. steelersownyou says: Sep 20, 2012 7:22 AM

    This guy is a below average at best. He would be cut if he was on the steelers. No room for soft on our viscious defense!

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    Unfortunately statistics are against you on this argument. Pollard is currently outplaying both Polamalu and Clark and this “viscious” I mean vicious defense is ranked behind the likes of Seattle, San Diego, and Philly on team defense.

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