Bernard Pollard is a hard hitting Raven, one known for bringing pain and injury to opponents. He was the guy that delivered the knock-out punch to Tom Brady in 2008 (although the hit was legal back then), he was in the area when Wes Welker was done for in the 2009 season, and was a main part of the reason Rob Gronkowski wasn’t 100% when the Patriots faced off against the Giants in the Super Bowl. Needless to say, he’s a pain for the Patriots.
Earlier this week on an interview with Sports Radio 610 in Houston, Pollard weighed in on a few things. He talked about the Saint’s bounty issues, and quite frankly wasn’t too happy with the league’s decisions on the players, saying “Who cares if he did say he was going to give somebody $10,000? Who cares? it’s out of his pocket. He didn’t take it from the team’s money. He didn’t take it from somebody else’s money. It was his pocket.”
He talked more about his game, and the way he plays “If somebody is going to get a knockout shot, OK, at some point somebody is going to get hit anyway. If you end up getting knocked out because you’re trying to get a knockout shot, it’s either kill or be killed. Which one are you going to do? This is football. It’s not powder puff. When Nike unveiled their new uniforms, I’m surprised they didn’t have flags on the side. This is what needs to be right now. You’re taking away the game of football. If a quarterback throws an interception, get his butt down or run to the sidelines. If you’re going to try to make a tackle, I’m going to look for you. I promise you I’m going to look for you.”
When asked about the state of the game and where it’s heading, Pollard wasn’t so sure about the future of the NFL and said that he wouldn’t let his son play football due to the toll it takes on one’s body, leading him into saying the league wouldn’t be around much longer “I just truly believe, another 20, 30 years — I don’t even think football will even be in existence anymore… We all know what this game is about. We know and understand that it’s a violent sport.”
He even took a few jabs at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith “When it’s all said and done, him and DeMaurice Smith said they would take a dollar (in salary) if we were locked out,” Pollard said. “We were locked out. I guarantee they didn’t take a dollar. Ask them what their salaries were. Everybody wants to talk about these players lying to Roger Goodell. What about them lying to us? What about them lying to you?”
It sounds to me that Pollard is a little upset at the whole situation and what was handed down to the Saints, and he clearly doesn’t agree with it at all, but what I find more interesting about it all is his comments on saying the NFL won’t be around in 20-30 years. If the game keeps getting faster, players keep getting bigger, rules becoming less physical, and parents not letting their kids play the game because of the effects it has on one’s body… does he have a point?
Let’s hope not, because I love the game and hope to watch it until the day I pass, but if things keep going the way they are, Pollard may have a point when you break it all down. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen though.
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Sports-Kings Senior NFL Contributor – Justin Arbogast