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Please don’t pick your nose and touch Bernard Pollard


Among the strangest comments we’ve come across during the week of nonstop interviews of Super Bowl players were those from Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, who discussed his obsession with cleanliness.

Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata had said that Pollard is the team’s most high-maintenance player, and when Pollard was asked about that, he launched into a discussion about his hatred of germs.

“My teammates tend to get upset with me because I carry my hand sanitizer, I carry my disinfectant wipes, my baby wipes,” Pollard said. “When you sneeze, I tell you to cover your mouth, and when you cough, I tell you to cover your mouth. If you pick your nose, I tell you not to touch me. They don’t like that.”

Frankly, if Pollard’s teammates think it’s strange that Pollard doesn’t want them picking their noses and then touching him, I’d have to say it’s the rest of the Ravens who are strange and Pollard who’s the normal one.

But Pollard admits that he has a lifelong obsession with germs.

“That’s how I came up,” Pollard said. “My mom would yell at us if we drank out of someone else’s glass. It’s just one of those things where that’s how I grew up. That’s how my mom raised and groomed us. But I’m starting to rub off on some of the guys. Now you see some of them also with hand sanitizer in their pockets and everything else. It’s like I’ve told my teammates. We’ve got to be clean. We’ve got to protect each other. But some guys are disgusting – they ought to be ashamed on themselves.”

Pollard said he was just teasing about the “disgusting” comment, but he sincerely means it when he says this: If you must pick your nose, please wash your hands before you touch Bernard Pollard.

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24 Responses to “Please don’t pick your nose and touch Bernard Pollard”
  1. nfloracle says: Jan 30, 2013 4:58 PM

    You can pick your friends. Your can pick your nose. But you can’t pick your friend’s nose. — Randy Moss at media day when asked about Pollard’s cleanliness comments

  2. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 30, 2013 4:59 PM

    ha more reason to love this guy

  3. mpnieland says: Jan 30, 2013 5:00 PM

    In a related note, every time Bernard Pollard sneezes, another Patriot goes on IR.

  4. rollore says: Jan 30, 2013 5:00 PM

    I don’t blame him. I remember reading about the staph infection Kellen Winslow got. I don’t know if he got it from another player or what, but you gotta keep clean.

  5. pftcommenter says: Jan 30, 2013 5:03 PM

    Bernard Dollar’d (Hi priced FA)

  6. azarkhan says: Jan 30, 2013 5:07 PM

    Sounds like the Mayor in Buffy.

  7. baltimoreballs says: Jan 30, 2013 5:10 PM

    All of New England fears this man. Bernard Pollard plays the game the way it’s supposed to play.

  8. regis18 says: Jan 30, 2013 5:13 PM


  9. jrdnrnsm says: Jan 30, 2013 5:21 PM

    Mark Sanchez.

  10. easyrider1903 says: Jan 30, 2013 5:37 PM

    Don’t have to worry about off-field issues with this guy

  11. stigman2012 says: Jan 30, 2013 5:45 PM

    Thinking this is good advice across the board.

  12. t8ertot says: Jan 30, 2013 5:48 PM


  13. larryboodry says: Jan 30, 2013 6:06 PM

    Why are his teammates picking their noses in front of him in the first place?

  14. noring4youstill says: Jan 30, 2013 6:17 PM

    What’s wrong with him? Caring that you don’t spread your germs. The nerve of some people.

  15. hedleykow says: Jan 30, 2013 6:22 PM

    That’s a pretty lame way to try landing a deal with Purell. If you see him on the sideline, pumping sanitizer onto his hands, with the Purell label facing the cameras, you’ll know what’s up.

  16. pinion8ted says: Jan 30, 2013 7:01 PM

    “That’s how my mom raised and groomed us. ”

    Too bad she didn’t raise you to not be such a cheap-shot artist

  17. ravanator says: Jan 30, 2013 7:01 PM

    Lucky he was not in the limo with Ray Ray, being covered with blood after Ray Ray did some stabbing would have really grossed him out. Enjoy your time in the spotlight Ravens, the AFC was the weakest ever this year. 49ers will win by two touchdowns and Ravens will fall into the basement of the league!

  18. southpaw79 says: Jan 30, 2013 7:14 PM

    So, the Niners offense should not shower moving forward until after sundays game. Wipe your nose on your own jersey, sneeze on your gloves, scratch every place imaginable. We can see how much this really bothers him.

  19. deafrecon says: Jan 30, 2013 8:29 PM

    bernard pollard’s opponents become instantly sanitized after he levels them. while painful, they appreciate the fact that is was a clean hit.

  20. joeychargers says: Jan 30, 2013 8:31 PM

    I wonder how he feels about Quarterbacks licking their hands before handling the football.

  21. ravensoriolesnation says: Jan 30, 2013 10:34 PM

    just knock another running back out. o and recover the fumble Ravens WIN BIG………

  22. 1historian says: Jan 30, 2013 11:20 PM

    On a play where the 9ers are throwing all the receivers should pick their noses – make SURE Pollard see it – and tell him “I’m heading your way”

  23. cmonelisha says: Jan 30, 2013 11:33 PM

    im the same way i hate people who are just disguisting

  24. arbruins says: Jan 31, 2013 5:46 AM

    Flick some boogies at him…it’s all down hill from there.
    Go San Fran!!!

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