Bernard Pollard went into the Super Bowl knowing he had played much of the season with six fractured ribs. In case he forgot, Pollard was reminded that they were broke on the very first play of the game. He admits that didn’t lead him to have his best game ever, but he’s a champion and he’ll soon have the ring to prove it.
Bernard Pollard joined KILT in Houston with J&R to discuss the Super Bowl victory celebration, what it was like to win the big game, playing in Super Bowl XLVII with six cracked ribs, why he believes Ed Reed will be back in Baltimore next year, Ray Lewis’ persona and if Jacoby Jones should’ve been the game’s MVP.
I’ve never seen a parade before when they let people fall in behind and follow it along:
“Well, I don’t think they let them, I think people just took it upon themselves to jump the gates. It was just, what a great time, man. It’s truly a blessing for us to be able to see the city of Baltimore, our fans. It was something to see; it was exciting.”
Is winning a Super Bowl as surreal as many make it out to be?:
“Um, it was pretty exciting. It was pretty crazy. Still, it really hasn’t hit me yet that we won. Like I was telling a couple fans, my body just hurt so bad that I’m just looking like, ‘Now I have rest time.’ … Now I can go at my own pace and do certain things and spend time with the family. I’m pretty sure it’s going to hit me here in a couple days.”
You’ve said you played with six cracked ribs and re-broke a couple on the first play of the Super Bowl. How much did that hurt?:
“I guess a lot of sportswriters or doctors or whatever were lying. But that’s something that I’m not going to lie; I take that very serious. It sucks, because like I said before, as football players, we just try to get through just situations to make it through the whole year. It’s a long season. … It’s very tough and obviously I missed three games. It can get overwhelming a little bit. It’s tough breathing, it’s tough running, it’s tough hitting. … I had done it couple times. The craziest thing about it was that the six ones that I broke, or that I fractured, they were all by my teammates. So it’s just kind of crazy that none of the opponents did it until Vernon Davis landed.”
Do you believe Ed Reed will be in Baltimore next year?:
“Yeah, they’re going to do everything they can. Honestly, I don’t know what the front office is going to do, but you’ve got to believe and trust that they’re going to do everything they can to lock a future Hall of Famer up. The guy, he’s been great to this organization, to this city. … I know Ed wants to be here. We all want Ed here.”
There are some thoughts out there that Ray Lewis’ actions are a shtick. How is that viewed by his teammates?:
“Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion. Ray’s a great dude. I’ve been here for two years and I’ve had an opportunity to get to know him as a football player and as a man. … I can’t stop them from thinking the way they do. All everybody sees is football, then they see the situation that happened in the past, and then they see this guy always talking … so they automatically form their own opinion. … But, at the same time, Ray’s a good dude. His career has been outstanding. The guy’s a Hall of Famer. That’s all I can say.”
Should Jacoby Jones have been the MVP?:
“Oh man, Jacoby showed out in front of his hometown. I think either guy could’ve got it. … Jacoby played great as a receiver, on special teams. So, hey, if they would’ve given it to Jacoby, I would’ve been all good with that. Joe played his tail off, too. He stood in the pocket, took some shots, delivered the ball. Anquan Boldin as well, too. … We had a few guys that I think could’ve gotten it.”
Maybe you could’ve taken some deer-antler spray for your ribs:
“Hahaha. No man, you know what, I’ll take some deer Aleve. I’ll take some Aleve, man, and if the Aleve’s not working, I’ll tough it out. So many players in the NFL, man, we all go through all kinds of stuff. … It’s all good.”