David Pollack Had an Impressive College Career, but Didn’t Pan Out in the NFL Due to a Career-Ending Injury

You can catch David Pollack on ESPN’s College GameDay show. Before that, he was a standout player in college at the University of Georgia. Pollack was a top draft pick after his college career, but his time in the NFL was not long.

His NFL career was cut short due to a career-ending injury. The NFL never got an opportunity to see how Pollack would have panned out in the league.

David Pollack was a standout player at Georgia

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In high school, Pollack was the talk of the town. He attended Shiloh High School in Georgia and played football, basketball, and wrestling. During his senior year, he was selected to the all-state team for football. Pollack decided to attend Georgia, where he had an impressive career. He was a member of the football team from 2001 to 2004. He made the All-SEC first-team and the All-American first-team for three consecutive seasons.

During his final year at Georgia, he was named SEC Player of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He also won the Chuck Bednarik Award, Ted Hendricks Award, Lombardi Award, and the Lott Trophy. Pollack established himself as one of the top players in college during his time at Georgia. 

He finished his career at Georgia with 36 sacks, a school career record, and ranks third in NCAA history. After an impressive career at Georgia, he set himself up to be a first-round draft pick.

David Pollack’s NFL career was cut short

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Pollack in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft. During his rookie season, he appeared in 14 games and made five starts at linebacker. He missed two games during his rookie season, and he ranked second on the team with 4.5 sacks. He also finished with a total of 28 combined tackles.

Pollack was determined to make more of an impact on the team in his second season. Unfortunately, he did not get a chance to do that. On September 17, 2006, Pollack’s football career was in jeopardy. He suffered a broken sixth cervical vertebrae on a first quarter tackle against the Cleveland Browns. After he suffered the injury, it was determined that the injury could be a possible career-ending injury.

In January of 2007, ESPN reported that Pollack would be able to resume his career as long as the rehabilitation process went as planned. Pollack did not play during the 2007 season, and in April of 2008, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis announced that Pollack would retire.

David Pollack continues to make an impact after his short football career

It’s unfortunate that Pollack’s NFL career ended the way it did. He had a lot of potential to have a successful career. But Pollack did not let his injury stop him from making an impact in the community. Pollack helped start a company called FanBan, which manufactures sports banners that feature sports photographs and college football team logos.

As of 2008, FanBan events have raised $4,321 for the YMCA scholarships that help underprivileged kids participate in YMCA programs. In September of 2008, Pollack decided to pursue a career in sports radio. He started as an afternoon sports talk host on Atlanta’s 790 The Zone. Pollack also started working for CBS’s football coverage.

He joined ESPN’s College GameDay in 2011, and he’s been there ever since. The College Football Hall of Fame member could have given up on everything when he suffered his injury playing in the NFL, but he continued to stay positive and found a new career where he gets to talk about football for a living.