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David Pollack

David Pollack is a former football player and football analyst from the United States. David Pollack played as a linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals for two seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

Early Life

David Pollack was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States, on June 19, 1982. According to the astrological chart, he has a birth sign of Gemini and is currently 41 years old. He holds US nationality while he follows the Christian religion.

The names of his parents are Norm Pollack and Kelli Pollack. He spent a few years of his childhood in New Jersey while his family relocated to Snellville, Georgia. Since his young age, he has had a keen interest in athletes.

David Pollack – Education

He attended Shiloh High School in Snellville and was a star performer in school football, basketball, and wrestling. As a senior, he was named ‘Class 5A All-State’ and ‘Defensive Lineman of the Year’ by the ‘Atlanta Touchdown Club.’

Later, he enrolled at the University of Georgia as a three-sport enrollee for a bachelor’s degree in history. During his time at the university, he excelled the most in American football, as a defender in the lineman and full-back positions.

Though he was initially recruited by the University of Georgia as a fullback, he eventually switched to linebacker and flourished in his new role on the defensive line.

Professional Career

In the 2005 NFL Draft, David Pollack was drafted by the Ohio NFL team Cincinnati Bengals as 17th overall in the first round. However, he was benched as a reserve for the first five games of his rookie season in the year 2005.

His first opportunity came in the shape of a starting role at linebacker, his favorite position. Despite missing two more games due to a knee injury, he finished the season second on the team’s defense roster with 4.5 sacks, 22 tackles, and 6 assists.

Moreover, he began the 2006 season as the Bengal’s first-round choice, but on September 17, 2006, in the first quarter of the second game of the season against state rivals Cleveland Browns, he got a broken cervical vertebrae when tackling running-back Reuben Droughns.

Caption: David Pollack grabbing the ball and running from the opponent (Source: www.gainesville.com)

Further, he was conscious as he was extended away from the field and thankfully did not suffer paralysis. He then had surgery to fuse two vertebrae into one. He was in a halo brace for three months after that.

There was a hope that Pollack would come back, contingent on a smooth rehabilitation process throughout the next 2 years. However, a press release in July 2007 that he would not play in the 2007 NFL season at all. Moreover, the Bengals head coach announced  Pollack’s retirement from all professional football, due to recovery issues.

Broadcasting career

After his dream of ruined due to the injury, he turned his career into a sports broadcaster. Initially, he did some studio work for CBS in the year 2008 and hosted a sports radio talk show for the Atlanta-based “790 The Zone.”

Caption: David Pollack working as college football analyst (Source: Dawg Sports)

He joined ESPN in June 2009 as a college football analyst. Since then, he has contributed to a variety of programs on the network, including their flagship project, ‘SportsCenter.’ He has been serving as an analyst on ESPN’s ‘Thursday Night College Football’ and has co-hosted the ‘Palmer & Pollack Show’ on ‘ESPNU.’In 2011, he appeared on the eight-time Emmy-winning sports show “College GameDay.”

He was a regular contributor to ESPN’s daily news show ‘College Football Live.’ Throughout the collegiate season, he has also made several other TV studio appearances. Pollack was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on March 11, 2020. Rece Davis, a colleague on College Gameday, made the announcement live on air. ESPN laid fired Pollack on June 30, 2023.


Pollack has numerous awards named after him. In 2004, he was named SEC Player of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He also won the Lott Trophy and the Lombardi Award. Additionally, he was the best college football player.

Net Worth 2024

As a former NFL player and football analyst, he has earned good fortune. As of 2023, Pollack’s net worth is estimated at around $986,300 while his salary and income are yet under review.

Relationship Status

On the 21st of May 2005, David Pollack married to Lindsey Pollack. With the marriage, the couple is blessed with two kids; a son named Nicholas and a daughter named Leah.

Caption: David Pollack with his family (Source: Pollack Family Foundation)

The Pollack Family Foundation was established by the couple with the vision of “… a nation of healthy families” and the mission of “… educating individuals, families, and communities on the benefits of nutrition and exercise, and providing them with opportunities to embrace healthy living through eating well and physical activity.”

David Pollack – Body Measurements

Caption: David Pollack doing a workout (Source: 247 Sports)

This former NFL star stands 6 feet 2 inches and weighs around 116 kg. Moreover, he has a pair of brown eyes with dark brown hair color while his other body measurements are unknown.

Social Media

On his official Instagram page ‘@davidpollack47’ there are over 66.7k followers. Likewise, there are over 394.7k followers on his Twitter page ‘@davidpollack47’ and he is not present on Facebook.