It’s not Georgia politics, but up Athens way, it’s pretty close to a religion – college football, that is. And one of the high priests of the church of Georgia football has got to be David Pollack, the three-time All-American defensive end who was drafted 17th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2005.
On September 17, in just the second season and 14th game of his pro career, Pollack broke his neck while making a tackle (his only tackle of the year) against the Cleveland Browns. At the time, it was thought that the injury to his C-6 vertebra would heal in time for him to return next season; now, with questions arising about the long-term stability of his neck, Pollack is facing surgery – and the likely end of his career.
From the first time Pollack spoke publicly after he was injured, to as recently as last week, Pollack has said he was told if surgery was required, his football career would be over.
The surgery is expected to take place in the next few weeks. This appears to be the end of the very short-lived NFL career of one of the more beloved athletes to depart Athens, GA. It’s a shame it never really got started.