Georgia product David Pollack was too athletic to be a D-lineman in the NFL. At least, that’s what everyone thought after watching him perform at the 2005 NFL combine. Among all DL at the combine, Pollack finished 7th in the 40 (4.81), tied for fourth in the vertical (37 inches), tied for sixth in the broad jump (118 inches), and first in the shuttle by a long shot (3.9 seconds — next closest was 4.07).
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Pollack 17th overall and all in all, didn’t have a bad start to his NFL career. Pollack finished his rookie campaign with 4.5 sacks in just five games started. It seems he was taking to his new position fairly well and would likely be a stalwart piece of that Bengals’ defense for years to come. However, that all came to a screeching halt on September 17, 2006. Pollack suffered a broken sixth cervical vertebrae in a game against the Cleveland Browns. While medical professionals did say that Pollack could recover and potentially resume his career if the rehabilitation process went as planned, Pollack wound up retiring in 2008.
After retiring, Pollack started up a company called FanBan, which built banners for teams using professional photographs. In 2008, FanBan helped raise over $4,000 in YMCA Scholarships for underprivileged youth. In 2011, He joined ESPN’s College GameDay crew and has served as an analyst on that show ever since. – JH
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