Fans from New England hate Rex Ryan, Alexander Burrows, Peyton Manning, and Alex Rodriguez among many others, but there is one person that, after the Ravens-Patriots AFC Championship Round Two, Boston sports fans have officially added to their Mount Rushmore of hated athletes: Bernard Pollard.
The deemed “Patriot Killer” has indirectly spoiled four chances for the Patriots to win the Superbowl. While everyone is discussing Ray Lewis’ murder, let’s take a break and look at Pollard’s slayings.
1. September 7, 2008
The Patriots are returning to the field for the first time since playing in the historical, first-ever rigged Superbowl on February 3rd, 2008 in Arizona. In their attempt to erase the “18-1” (which by the way is a damn good record, still yet to see any team win that many games in a season) nightmares, the Patriots opened the 2008 season at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. Even before the Patriots could score their first touchdown of the game, Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard hits the turf after being knocked down on a blitz. Pollard then thinks it’s probably a good idea to go after Brady’s knee in a last ditch effort because all NFL players know that’s the absolute best way to sack a quarterback (Just a side note, a hit like that is now illegal in the NFL). Brady goes down for the remainder of the year, the season becomes known as “The Year of Matt Cassel”, and the Patriots miss the playoffs even after Cassel leads them to an 11-5 record.
2. January 3, 2010
In a typical Bill Belichick move, the Patriots decide to play all their starters in Week 17 at the Houston Texans. This cost New England. Toward the end of the first quarter, Wes Welker received a pass and headed up field. Looking to avoid a hit from the mediocre safety Bernard Pollard, Welker dug his foot into the sketchy Reliant Field grass and juked the safety. Unfortunately, Pollard caught Welker in just the wrong spot and Welker’s knee buckled. Right away, you knew it was over for Welker. His reaction screamed ACL tear and that’s exactly what it was. Welker, the Patriots’ leading receiver, would be out for the Wild Card playoff game that the Patriots would end up losing to the Baltimore Ravens.
3. January 22, 2012
The emergence of Rob Gronkowski was spectacular for the Patriots. Drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft, Gronkowksi made his mark with the Patriots in the 2011 season. Thanks to Gronk’s tremendous ability as a blocking tight end as well as a receiving tight end, the Patriots were once again one win from playing in the Superbowl. With the Ravens up by four with 43 seconds left in the third quarter Brady target Gronk to get onto the Ravens side of the field. Ravens safety Bernard Pollard latched onto the enormous tight end and, in typical Gronk fashion, carried the mediocre safety for another ten yards. Pollard then went for Gronk’s ankle to twist him down and was successful. Unfortunately, because of Pollard’s poor tackling ability, Gronk sprained his ankle. Later it was revealed the tight end had torn ligaments in his ankle. Needless to say, he would not catch the Hail Mary pass at the end of Superbowl XLVI.
4. January 20, 2013
With the Patriots down only eight points in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game Brady handed the ball off to break out running back fro LSU Steven Ridley. Ridley was met in the hole by Ravens safety Bernard Pollard. Ridley straight ran over Pollard, but unfortunately Ridley got the worst of the hit and was knocked out cold. To make matters worse, Ridley dropped the ball for a fumble that the Ravens would recover. That was the turning point in the game as the Ravens marched down the field, scored, and put the game essentially out of reach. That one play would end the Patriots season, once again thanks to Bernard Pollard.
I, and surely hope Bill and the rest of the Patriots, are not going to take crap from anyone of the likes of Shannon Sharpe, Terrell Suggs, or Bernard Pollard. The hypocrisy and lies are absolutely ludicrous and need to stop. We get it, everyone hates the Patriots. Hit me up when you have a few rings on your fingers Bernard Pollard, Bag of Chipps would love an exclusive picture.