Football and foul language routinely mix. Count Ravens safety Bernard Pollard among the small minority of men who manage to play the game without cursing a blue streak.
Or, in Pollard’s case, try.
“That’s how I live my life,” Pollard said. “Me and my wife, we used to cuss like cats and dogs. When you make a decision to change for the better, you live your life for the better.”
“I struggle, just like everybody is going to struggle,” Pollard said of the 17 times he slipped up last season. “But I think it’s about learning and accepting knowledge from other people and gaining wisdom.”
He feels particularly sheepish about an incident with Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, in which profanity from Pollard was picked up by CBS microphones.
“It’s on film, and you can’t take it away,” Pollard said. “I can’t conduct myself like that. Somebody’s kids are going to hear that. My kids are going to hear that. I have to be an example for not only my kids, but everybody’s kids.”
He’s right. And we respect him for trying. We’ll respect him even more when he no longer has to try.