David Pollack’s rules for success

Evidently, making it on ESPN is easier than we might think.

Pollack was hurt playing linebacker in his second season in the NFL, suffering a career-ending neck injury. It wasn’t until months later that he realized he had what it took, he thought, to be a college football analyst.

“While I was injured and recovering,” he said, “I would sit at home and watch ESPN and think to myself, ‘I can do that.’ I’m loud and I’m opinionated, that’s what they want, right?”

Since taking his job with ESPN, Pollack has worked hard to avoid being “a homer,” as he called it, for his former university. In his time as an analyst, Pollack has often picked against his old school in an effort to be honest in his analysis.

“I hear about (picking against Georgia) everywhere I go,” Pollack said. “But I remember when I was injured and studying broadcasting stuff, I vividly remember watching (former Notre Dame head coach) Lou Holtz on TV. I watched him pick Notre Dame every single time. I said, when I started my career on television, that I would never be a homer.

Works for me.  LOL.

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41 responses to “David Pollack’s rules for success

  1. KornDawg

    I don’t understand the flak he gets for picking honestly. Some fans would want him to pick the Dawgs over the ’85 Bears. It’s not like he’s out there disparaging his UGA degree, like some former players. (Lookin’ at you, Boom.)

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    • ChiliDawg

      Because he’s not picking honestly. He’s picking against Georgia only because he doesn’t want to be labeled a homer. I have no problem with him picking against Georgia because he thinks they’ll lose – it’s annoying when he’s obviously only picking against them because he’s a pussy over being labeled.

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  2. truck

    Honestly, being the Anti-Lou is probably great career advice.

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  3. Mayor

    Having Pollack as an analyst for ESPN is great because his presence there offsets some of the anti-Georgia sentiment that was so rampant coming from Lou Holtz, Jesse Palmer and what’s his name the former QB at Georgia Tech.

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  4. Got Cowdog

    “See that guy there?”
    “The one with the big ears and the lisp?”
    “Yeah, that’s Lou Holtz. See what he’s doing?”
    “Yeah”
    “Don’t do that.”
    “OK”
    “You’re hired.”

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  5. Spike

    I cut him some slack too. He was and always will be a DGD! Thanks for the memories David..

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  6. I have no problem with #47 evaluating us fairly and picking against us. He also should expect to catch a lot of flak from fellow alums around Atlanta when he gets it wrong.

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    • Macallanlover

      I like DP as well, and never criticize him for picking against UGA when it is a close call, or it is his commitment to honesty based on his evaluation. But there have been some picks that I felt he was gloing against logic when he made the picks. He should be a homer before going out of his way to prove he isn’t going to make stupid picks like Holtz did. He knows the inside of the UGA program and their state of being, some of his picks were often way off base. For that he deserves criticism.

      Just pick as his his job/credibility is one the line, you will be respected for your analysis and accuracy, not the school you feel you will get extra points for picking against. The record for picks all time, and for the current season should be tracked and shown on the screen when they are making picks. I promise you the guy who leads in W/L percentage in games picked correctly will never be fired

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  7. 81Dog

    DP is an analyst, not a UGA employee. The fact that a brief exposure to Lou Holtz on ESPN was enough to convince him to be completely different to be good at the job tells me he’s on the right track. He may be wrong in his opinions at times, but what would anyone prefer? That he be Mark May, or Herbie, or Des? Me, I’m good with the fair and honest insights of a former AA and SEC Defensive Player of the Year. I don’t need him to be a Homer, he doesn’t take gratuitous shots at UGA. He’s a DGD in my book.

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  8. Doesn’t bother me in the least bit. These guys accuracy in their picks align with the rest of us with a decent amount of knowledge about football. We are still talking about 18-22 year olds, which means ‘anything’ can happen. Really comes down to ‘likability’ and how you score in their internal polling. In other words, are you helping the ratings?

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  9. Derek

    I have a simple rule: if you’re a 3-time first team All-American at UGA, you can do and say whatever you want.

    It’s a very short list. I think it stands at 2.

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  10. Uglydawg

    Well, wifey thinks he’s cute. I think he’s just trying to be unbiased which is as rare as hen’s teeth in journalism today. Herbie is so sickeningly pro-Tosu that a lot of people just ignore his bullshit. And don’t even mention Granny and ND.

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    • I think Herbsteit is a bit of a lazy analyst with questionable X’s & O’s but I wouldn’t call him a homer.

      Herbie was so pro-Buckeye that he had to move from Columbus to Nashville because he was getting too much love from the Ohioans. 😉

      Personally, I think Pollack and Desmond Howard are the two least biased on Gameday.

      Holtz has always been pro-ND even growing up as a Catholic in East Liverpool. Also Lou Holtz is a penith.

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  11. LakeOconeeDawg

    Don’t forget Granny Holz and SC either. He was just as much a homer for them as ND. Not a fan of Mark May but I remember wishing May would bitch slap granny on several occasions.

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  12. Jim

    Homer or not I think he is terrible at his job. DGD yes, but a horrible TV personality IMO

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  13. Hogbody Spradlin

    Holtz does not always pick Notre Dame. That’s not true. Sometimes he picks South Carolina.

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  14. Heyberto

    Yes, I agree he gets a lot of flack that really isn’t justified. He’s become a pretty good analyst ( his Tebow bashing days at CBS notwithstanding). But he makes it sound like he was trying hard to find a reason to pick against Georgia and not being entirely honest. Intentionally picking against us or something. Probably not hard to do in the waning days of Richt, but in the age of Kirby, it’s going to be hard to either not appear to be a homer…. or he’s going to look like he is, when he’s actually justbeing honest. It’s tough to navigate. I have no problem with his analysis, I think he’s pretty good and most fans in my circle seem to agree. Twitter trolls don’t, and I’m talking about the UGA fans that criticize Herbie for being an OSU homer, and blast Pollack for not being loyal.

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  15. Uglydawg

    I had forgotten that Holtz coached at ND. He should remind us more often.
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  16. Russ

    That, and don’t spit on the mic.

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  17. DoubleDawg1318

    I get better insight on football from the blogs than I do from any ESPN analyst (except Todd Blackledge). I too watch and think “I could do that.” I love his quote about trying to be the opposite of Holtz. I’m all for impartiality. Apparently some fans hate others for being homers but b**** when our alums aren’t “loyal.” You can’t have it both ways.

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  18. Thorn Dawg

    How is Corso still employed? He is obviously not in good health.

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  19. Debby Balcer

    He is good at what he does. When he does something he tries to be the best at it he can possibly be. I don’t get the hate. Now Boom put down UGA every chance he got.

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  20. Dave

    He picks Georgia plenty, too. The proof is in the proverbial pudding. I wonder what his record is in picking Georgia games. If it stands as average or better, then you can’t really knock him regardless.

    I also remember a few years ago when he picked us to beat Bama. His rationale was “it’s just Georgia’s time.” Then, Grayson Lambert started throwing the ball backwards in the rain. It was Georgia’s time…to part ways with Corch Rich.

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  21. Normaltown Mike

    No complaints, he’s got to get paid

    FWIW, I’ve seen him cut a rug at the father/daughter dance and he’s easily the best dancer out there.

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  22. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    My fondest memory of him has little to do with football or TV analysis. I used to go to the Ramsey center to swim, and I was there one year while he playing on December 23, in other words, the last day for the gym to be open until after the new year. When I was leaving, there was only about 2 hours left for the gym to be open and there wasn’t anyone in the gym when I left except staff, but here comes David Pollack, swinging a towel and going to work out on his own. He just never quit; it’s too bad about his injury, but he opened another door for himself, and I can’t fuss with him whatever he does on TV. Most of that TV stuff is all “made up and flagellant” anyway; it isn’t intended to be serious.

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  23. AusDawg85

    “…loud and I’m opinionated, that’s what they want, right?”

    IT SEEMS TO WORK FOR SCREAMING TIM TEBOW!!!!

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  24. HiAltDawg

    As a “Bitter, Little” Fan, I don’t have time to bash Herbstreit or Pollack because A) my experience from Playstation Football clearly makes me a superior better analyst and B) all my time and energy needs to be spent on criticizing McGarrity over every single penny I would spend (and let’s remember: I’m spoiled with staff tickets and live walking distance from Campus) anyways because I’m the biggest sucker around, lol.

    In all seriousness, though, Pollack could pick us to lose a hunerd to zip, a hunerd times and it will never erase the joy I experienced on his watch and by his effort. I honestly right now feel the ’03 Sugar Bowl win. GO DAWGS!

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  25. CB

    Great player, sub par analyst. Gets too excited and goes on diatribes using played out cliches from the early 2000’s.

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