Baltimore defensive back Bernard Pollard left no doubt whom he is rooting for when it comes to Super Bowl XLVI, telling KILT Radio in Houston that he hopes the Giants “just put a thrashing on the Patriots.”
Pollard’s Ravens lost to New England in the AFC championship game 23-20 on Sunday.
“You’ve got to look at what do the Giants have,” said Pollard. “They’ve got a front four that is relentless. They got a secondary that is really, really good. They’ve got a linebacking corps that has been with them. The dinking and the dunking, man? It’s just not going to happen. They are going to have to take shots down the field. I think the Giants watch our film and watch the film of the season. They’ve got to take away their big time players. [Rob] Gronkowski, I think he is coming off that ankle, so I don’t know if he will be 100 percent.”
Pollard, whose hit was responsible for Tom Brady’s season-ending injury in 2008 and was also in the neighborhood when Wes Welker went down with a brutal knee injury at the end of the 2009 season, tackled Gronkowski on a play at the end of the third quarter on Sunday, causing the big tight end to land awkwardly on his left leg. Gronkowski eventually returned, but was spotted after the game in a walking boot.
Pollard has no problems with being known as a “Patriot killer.”
“Oh man, that is fine and dandy,” he said. “Like I said to a lot of people, it is part of the game and this is what happens. If you don’t like it, so what? I am going to go out there and I am going to play me.”
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