Pollack’s career likely finished

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.

According to the AJC:

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.


  1. waterboy says:

    His NFL career may be on the sideline helping other players instead of knocking heads on the field of play. Or perhaps he will use his motivation, experience and stardom in a higher calling to help kids. For David Pollack it ain’t over, just a different path then anyone expected.

  2. jsm says:

    After holding out for the bigger check before showing up to training camp his first year in the NFL, I wondered if Pollack would make it in the league. He seemed arrogant.

    This is certainly not how I expected his career to end. I was hoping he would get the chance to show whether he was worth what he held out for.

  3. mercergirl says:

    He is not arrogant- just smart.

    This makes me so sad, I was really hoping to get to see him do great things as a player. But hopefully Jen is right- maybe he could come back to Georgia to coach

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