After taking down the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots in the first three rounds of the NFL playoffs, the Baltimore Ravens advanced to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history.
As an underdog once again, the Ravens prevailed in the Super Bowl holding off the San Francisco 49ers from pulling off an incredible comeback in the second half to come out on top.
Although superstar linebacker Ray Lewis drew a lot of attention throughout the playoffs and during the Super Bowl due to his pending retirement and playing through an injury that should’ve ended his season, but it was safety Bernard Pollard who was battling through undisclosed injuries via Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun:
“It’s tough dealing with pain,” said Pollard, who led the Ravens with 98 tackles as well as recording two sacks and a forced fumble. “For us as football players, we know we’re going to go through it. At the same time, that’s the name of the game. Six of them, yep. Hey, it’s up to us to go out there and play and we did.”
With Lewis dominating the headlines over the past few weeks, Pollard’s injuries have flown under the radar. Pollard playing with six cracked ribs in the win over the 49ers is impressive to say the least considering the 28-year-old being one of the team’s hardest hitters next to Lewis and fellow veteran safety Ed Reed.
Pollard recently made news heading in the Super Bowl by letting his opinion be known about New England Patriots’ Tom Brady making a controversial slide that nearly injured Reed in the AFC Championship game a few weeks ago. Brady was ultimately fined $10,000 by the NFL for the slide that appeared to have the intention of injuring Reed with his leg left up in the air.