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David Pollack

David Pollack
No. 99
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-06-19) June 19, 1984
Place of birth: Snellville, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Snellville (GA) Shiloh
College: Georgia
NFL draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 16
Games started: 6
Tackles: 29
Quarterback sacks: 4.5
Stats at
Stats at

David M. Pollack (born June 19, 1984) is a former American college and professional All-American, and was recognized as the top college defensive player in the nation. Pollack made 36 sacks during his collegiate career, third most in NCAA history. He was a first-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • Pre-draft measurables 3.1
    • NFL career and injury 3.2
  • Career after football 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early years

Pollack was born in basketball and wrestling. In football, as a senior, he was a Class 5A all-state selection and the Atlanta Touchdown Club named him the Defensive Lineman of the Year.

College career

Pollack attended the University of Georgia, where he played for coach quarterback David Greene.

For three consecutive seasons, he was recognized as a first-team All-

External links

  1. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 23, 2012.
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  3. ^ "David Pollack". NFL Draft March 25, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009. 
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  6. ^ Hobson, Geoff (2011-08-25). "News - Thurman still waiting; Pollack out for '07 - Cincinnati Bengals". Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  7. ^ Cincinnati Enquirer - Pollack expected to retire
  8. ^ "Former Dogs boost YMCA scholarships (Athens Banner-Herald)". 2008-02-09. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  9. ^ "ESPN drafts Pollack to replace James on Thursday games". USA Today. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 


In summer 2012, it was announced that Pollack will join Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, and Samantha Steele on ESPN's Thursday Night Football, replacing Craig James.[9]

In fall 2011, he became part of ESPN's College GameDay and a host on the Palmer and Pollack show.

On September 9, 2008, Pollack began a new career as an afternoon sports talk host on Atlanta's 790 The Zone. Also in 2008, Pollack began studio work for CBS's college football coverage. He is also a college football analyst for ESPNU.

Pollack's new company, FanBan, manufactures sports banners that feature sports photographs and college football team logos. FanBan events have raised $4,321 for the YMCA scholarships that help underprivileged kids participate in YMCA programs as of February 10, 2008.[8]

Career after football

In his second NFL season, 2006, he started the Bengals' first game and was credited with one assist. In the Bengals' September 17, 2006, game against in-state rival Cleveland Browns, Pollack suffered what was later determined to be a broken sixth cervical vertebrae on a first quarter tackle on running back Reuben Droughns. He reportedly suffered no paralysis, but was taken off the field on a stretcher and underwent surgery to fuse two vertebrae, and he had to wear a halo brace for three months. Pollack's injury was determined to be a possible career-ending one. However, on January 7, 2007, ESPN reported that Pollack would be able to resume his career as long as the rehabilitation process went as planned. On July 11, 2007, it was announced that Pollack would not play at all during the 2007 season as his recovery continued.[6] On April 22, 2008 Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis announced that Pollack was "not completely comfortable where he [was] medically" and that he would retire.[7]

In his rookie season of 2005, Pollack was a reserve until the Bengals' sixth game, when he became a starter at linebacker. He missed two games due to a sprained knee. However, he still ranked second on the team with 4.5 sacks on the season,[4] and posted 22 tackles and six assists for a total of 28.[5]

NFL career and injury

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 265 lb 4.75 s 1.67 s 2.71 s 3.94 s 6.87 s 37 in 10 ft 0 in 25 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[3]

Pre-draft measurables

Professional career

He graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in history.

[2] His signature play came during the second game of the 2002 season. Pollack batted down a pass from

. In addition to his All-American accolades, Pollack received the following: Herschel Walker He is only the second player in Bulldogs team history to earn first-team All-American honors in three seasons, following Heisman Trophy-winner [1]

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