David Pollack

This article is about the former American football player. For the politician, see David Pollack (politician). For people named David Pollock, see David Pollock (disambiguation).
David Pollack
No. 99
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-06-19) June 19, 1982
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
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

David M. Pollack (born June 19, 1982) is a former professional American football linebacker who played two seasons in the National Football League (NFL), having suffered a career-ending injury in the second game of his second season. He played college football for the University of Georgia, was a three-time 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

Pollack was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He attended Shiloh High School in Snellville, Georgia, and was a star in football, 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 Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs football team from 2001 to 2004 and was a roommate of future NFL quarterback David Greene.

For three consecutive seasons, he was recognized as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and a first-team All-American (2002, 2003, 2004)—twice as an NCAA consensus first-team honoree, having received the first-team selections of a majority of All-America selector organizations in 2002 and 2004.[1] He is only the second player in Bulldogs team history to earn first-team All-American honors in three seasons, following Heisman Trophy-winner Herschel Walker. In addition to his All-American accolades, Pollack received the following:

His signature play came during the second game of the 2002 season. Pollack batted down a pass from South Carolina quarterback Corey Jenkins in the South Carolina end zone and managed to catch the ball in the end zone before it hit the ground; Pollack was credited with a 0-yard interception return for a touchdown. Pollack finished his college career with 36 sacks, a Georgia career record, and ranks third in NCAA history.[2]

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

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables

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]

NFL career and injury

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]

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, Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis announced that Pollack was "not completely comfortable where he [was] medically" and that he would retire.[7]

Career after football

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]

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.

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

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


  1. 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  2. "David Pollack". NFL Draft Scout.com. March 25, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009.
  3. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2697810
  4. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2697810
  5. Hobson, Geoff (2011-08-25). "News - Thurman still waiting; Pollack out for '07 - Cincinnati Bengals". Bengals.com. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  6. Cincinnati Enquirer - Pollack expected to retire
  7. "Former Dogs boost YMCA scholarships (Athens Banner-Herald)". Onlineathens.com. 2008-02-09. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  8. "ESPN drafts Pollack to replace James on Thursday games". USA Today. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
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