David Pollack

Born in 1982 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, David Pollack ended up in Georgia where he was a three-sport athlete. In addition to wrestling and basketball, Pollack excelled in football as a defensive lineman and fullback. However, despite being recruited as a fullback by the University of Georgia, Pollack made the move to linebacker and flourished at the new position.

As a Bulldog, there was no mistake that Pollack would turn into a special player. After a solid freshman year, the Jersey native further flashed his potential, which forced analysts to label him as one of the best linebackers in the country. After recording 92 tackles and eight sacks in 2003, he only totaled 52 tackles in his senior year, however, 35 of those were solo and 13 were for sacks. His ability to rush the quarterback landed him the 2004 Chuck Bednarik Award.

After being drafted by the Bengals in 2005, Pollack’s career tragically came to an end in 2006. During a game against the Cleveland Browns he suffered a broken sixth cervical vertebrae and decided that for his personal well-being he should walk away from the game.

His career after football began as a talk radio host in Atlanta, and he currently works with ESPN on College Gameday as well as the Palmer and Pollack show.

Award Profile

Winner: Chuck Bednarik Award - 2004

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