Bernard Pollard keeps Ravens’ termination letter in locker

AP

Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard isn’t happy about his departure from the Baltimore Ravens.

He refused to join his former team for a trip to meet President Barack Obama at the White House and made it clear there was people within the organization he didn’t want to deal with again.

“At the end of the day, I know what happened, I know what took place,” Pollard said on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. “I’m sorry, I just don’t want to be in the room with certain people.”

Pollard was released by the Ravens in March and didn’t spend much time on the market as he signed with the Titans soon after. But Pollard is keeping a reminder of his release close to further motivate him for this season.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Pollard has his termination letter from the Ravens taped up in his locker in Tennessee.

Pollard started 26 games over the past two seasons with Baltimore as the Ravens earned their second Super Bowl title in February. Pollard racked up 173 tackles with four sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles over that.

52 responses to “Bernard Pollard keeps Ravens’ termination letter in locker

  1. Guy is a head case. Probably keeps a note from being dumped in junior high in his locker for motivation too.

    It’s not even the guy’s first termination letter.

  2. Great, more motivation for the crazy king of the cheap shot to go out and injure someone else. With that and his locker room demeanor, soon his 4th team won’t want him anymore either.

  3. Purple pigeon? what else do they do but cry bitch and complain seriously watch a pigeon game head pigeon Harbum really just stands next to head offical the whole game chirping in his ear when something goes against his team he cries like a bitch Just watch im not lying. oh i know every team and coach let the refs have it but these dudes take the cake. enjoy

  4. His termination had more to do with his rib injuries, penalty-proneness and age coupled with the quality and depth of strong safeties with coverage upside in this years draft than any other silly conspiratorial reason.

    Contrary to the ‘mutiny’ theory, facts and video evidence show that Pollard was a stalwart leader on the defense rallying his troops at the lowest point of the season.

  5. @Curtis Crabtree: You might want to proofread calling Pollard a” her.” Her termination letter” Even though a lot of his hits were blindsided hits like a girl would do he might not appreciate you calling him out nationally.

  6. he was flat out released in Kansas city when they had absolutely no other quality options at safety. now of course that was ALL on the coaching staff and front office

    now the ravens win a super bowl and decide to terminate pollard as well. and of course, its those certain people he just doesn’t want to associate with

    this would be a pattern

  7. Crybaby!!!!!

    He got cut b/c he couldn’t cover anyone & was a huge liability in the passing game. Guess which way the NFL is headed? More passing…… The Ravens wanted to get younger, faster & better in coverage. Pollard was none of the above.

    Thanks for your service, BP, but your style of game is being legislated out of business. Rather cut you a year early than a year late.

  8. Get over Bernard. You were a very nice addition. You got a ring out of the deal oh and btw you are welcome. And the ravens made a business decision. Get over it. And while you are, think about this – this is now your third team in 4 years. Maybe the problem is you!

  9. Bernard was getting paid too much to stay on the roster for what he brings. Not great in pass coverage but a bone crushing hitter. It paid off at times for the Ravens as we all know. Pollard is more upset about the fact he couldn’t collect on that oversized contract he had.

    The hit he put on Ridley was awesome, but I was at the game in New England and fact is the Ravens smashed them so hard they would have won the game without that fumble easily. Go look at Brady’s numbers vs Flacco’s again…

    Good luck Pollard…enter Huff. A better all around player and much younger.

  10. Ha! That’s crazy! It looks like the same letter that I received when the government told me I was getting furloughed. Aside the Letterhead of course. Kind of cool to see…

  11. Its laughable that Pollard didnt want to join his ex-teammates cuz of his reasoning but overall how could u blame him? Our “elected President” has a ton on his plate but has decided on multiple occasions to throw himself into the trial that has ruined the life of George Zimmerman. Hey “Barack bin Laden” er umm “Obama”… How about u spend our taxpayer money on real “ISSUES” and stop wasting ur time and OUR money on trying to crucify a guy that was proven NOT GUILTY ??

  12. Now if only Bernard could figure out how to draw inspiration and motivation from within instead of needing a symbol made out of physical matter, then he could truly ascend to an even higher plateau of play. If I was his coach/agent/mentor we would visit that locker together and take that sheet of paper down and throw it in the garbage and spend that time to learn a new way to think about how to move forward.

  13. Why is there so much hate for Bernard pollard? He plays the game the right way. As a fan of football, but never for a team he plays for, I can appreciate his toughness and his heart.

  14. You can tell which members here are couch potatoes and which are or were competitors by reading the comments. Things like this are great motivation to a competitor and it will make him a little faster, a little stronger, and have a little more stamina. Nothing motivates you like doubt and former failures.

  15. I’m no Ravens fan – they’re our arch-rivals. But this isn’t a Ravens-bashing thing. It’s more to give some credit to Pollard.

    Some guys are calling him a bum, a crybaby and a head case. I say look at the whole picture. He’s not committing any crimes here – he’s deriving motivation to perform his profession at his best capabilities for his employer. If I were a Titan fan, coach, teammate or in the front office – I’d be thrilled to have Pollard ready to rock.

    Pollard is a well-respected leader, a *real* football player and he brings the heavy lumber. As a Steeler fan, I love his game – and the tone he sets. The guy is real baller and I wish him the best. Just hope the man goes easy on Ben.

  16. Pollard has just enough ability, and is just enough of a turd, he could potentially play for and get cut by every team in the league before he’s done. I remember when KC drafted him. That was like 9 teams ago.

  17. “At the end of the day, I know what happened, I know what took place,” Pollard said on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. “I’m sorry, I just don’t want to be in the room with certain people.”

    What was all this about?

  18. I’d have thought the NFL with it’s billions of dollars would have something a little bit more polished then a document that looks like it’s was hammered out on a typewriter, with a template from 1987.

  19. In his defense the Ridley ko was all on Ridley. He lowered his head into Pollards helmet & knocked himself out.

    I like the attitude that Pollard brings to this young defense but I can see how his act would get old after 1-2 seasons. But he’s a perfect fit in the short term.

  20. I like it Pollard. I have no problem with how people derive motivation, much less a team that became the NFL’s version of the Miami Marlins. If that is goin to motivate Pollard I stand and salute homey. However, we hear this line all the time “it is a business”. I guess it is hard not to be emotional when a criteria of being a team is a bond that requires emotion. Chances are those opposed to Pollard’s motivation are Raven fans.

  21. romospersonalsnuggie says: Jul 30, 2013 11:11 PM

    What a bum

    michaeljacksonisback says: Jul 30, 2013 11:15 PM

    What a crybaby

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    What a pair of tools. Pro footballers use ridiculous things to motivate them, they all do. Is Steve Smith lame for the newspaper clipping he has in his locker from his rookie year?

  22. Looks like a standard form letter to me – what did he expect, to play forever with the Ravens? That’s just dumb. Why would you want to stay with a mediocre, downward-bound team.

  23. Luckily, Pollard doesn’t play the Ravens this year. Hopefully he’ll take out his anger and frustration on the Steelers when Tennessee delivers a repeate beatdown. James Harrison will probably do the same when he faces Pittsburgh. Poor Roethlisbooger! He’s going to have a giant target on his back.

  24. He needs something to motivate him after an average year in Baltimore. Big hits aside, some I didn’t like but still big hits. From what I’ve heard he was not a team player and caused locker room issues. Whatever, good luck with your new team.

  25. This is his 4th team in the last 6 seasons. I think that tells you all you need to know.

  26. Why is everyone calling Pollard old? Dude’s not even 30 years old. Actually, Michael Huff is older than Pollard. Look it up.

    That said, I’m tired of hearing about this guy. I appreciated him as a player for what he was able to do, but I realize he had limitations when it comes to pass coverage. A beast against the run, with Canty and Spears on the line this year, the Ravens won’t need as much help against the run from safeties.

  27. Joemontanaflacco says:

    Poor Roethlisbooger! He’s going to have a giant target on his back.
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    Unless that target is made with whipped cream and fudge, Ravens aren’t interested.

  28. Nine days(after the 1st preseason game) until Ozzie signs a FA WR. He’ll be looking for ILB’s and DB’s too.

  29. Crybaby and loudmouth. He has never played for a team for more than two years before getting canned. He generates too many personal foul penalties and is a negative influence in the locker room. By now he should have about five of those termination letters to hang up and if he concentrated on football and shut his mouth maybe he could stay with a team and not have more termination letters than pro bowl appearances. He missed a bunch of games last year due to injury and his one good play a game is offset by 5 penalties. They will find out like every other team, he just isn’t worth it even if he played for free.

  30. “Nine days(after the 1st preseason game) until Ozzie signs a FA WR.”

    You’re really going on a limb with this prediction. If he does what is your point? If you just lost someone with experience to season ending injury who was going to play an ever bigger part of the passing offense this year wouldn’t that sort of make sense?

  31. Pollard was looking for a home. Played his heart out in Baltimore… and the thanks was a form letter. It would have been one thing if he was an average player but he was one of the best on the team that won it all… We all know it is a business first and a game second but someone who does good for you, you dont dump with a form letter. Shame on the Ravens…

  32. Classy release method from a class organization.

    Anyway Bernard, off you go — you did your job along with Anquan and so many others of carrying Flacco in his contract year, so he could collect the big bucks off all your hard labor. You and your Ravens defensive mates almost blew it in the second half of the Bowl when Flacco disappeared, but luckily for Joe you held on for one final goal-line stand. And saved him from being the QB who presided over the biggest blown-lead choke job in Super Bowl history.

    Your reward: Joe will buy you lunch at the drive-through should you ever return to Baltimore.

  33. A ravens article – you know what that means: desperate trolls abound. at least LVS is funny. The rest of you give trolling itself a bad name.

    FUNNY + DISPARAGING: that is the formula fellas. Try harder.

  34. Pollard was looking for a home. Played his heart out in Baltimore… and the thanks was a form letter. It would have been one thing if he was an average player but he was one of the best on the team that won it all… We all know it is a business first and a game second but someone who does good for you, you dont dump with a form letter. Shame on the Ravens…

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    The form letter was sent by human resources. It is standard practice for a corporation. Someone in the front office informed him personally. But the letter is a legal requirement this sent as a followup.

  35. As a Ravens fan I wondered exactly WHY they resigned him after 1 season of his two year contract he originally signed. Could have saved both parties a lot of trouble seeing as every other team he had played for had grown tired if him after two years as well. I wish him no ill will but gotta move for the best of your current team, there’s a reason you’ve worn out you’re welcone with three teams already.

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