ATHENS — The most-decorated defensive player in Georgia football history will be on the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame ballot when it’s released on Monday.
This time around, it’s a good bet former Bulldogs’ All-American David Pollack gets voted in, according to a DawgNation source with direct knowledge of the process.
Pollack was the two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year for the Bulldogs and a three-time All-American between 2001 and 2004.
The Georgia football trophy cases are filled with awards garnered by Pollack:
• Ted Hendricks Award (2003, 2004)
• Lombardi Award
• Chuck Bednarik Award (2004)
• Lott Trophy (2004)
• Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame
• Atlanta Touchdown Club Defensive Lineman of the Year
Pollack was ranked No. 8 on the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame ballot by the College Football News.
But a well-known and proven trend in recent history has been that programs do not get players inducted in consecutive years.
Former Georgia All-American offensive tackle Matt Stinchcomb was among the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame inductees.
Pollack has launched a successful career with ESPN, serving as a popular and accurate analyst on the “College GameDay” show with Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis, Desmond Howard, Lee Corso, and fellow UGA graduate Maria Taylor.
Pollack has earned national respect and credibility for his objectivity, proving he will speak his mind even when his opinions toward his alma mater aren’t positive.
Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack’s take on Georgia CB Deandre Baker skipping the Sugar Bowl … pic.twitter.com/O7g6LMohJJ
— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) January 1, 2019
“This job requires you to be a professional,” said Pollack, who started his career at Atlanta’s 790 The Zone sports talk radio station after a neck injury ended his NFL career.
“When I was growing up and watching Lou Holtz (on ESPN), he would always pick South Carolina and Notre Dame and Arkansas, and I wouldn’t listen when those games would come up with him. I wanted people to take me serious on every game I could possibly pick.”
On the field, however, Pollack was nothing but a tremendous force for Georgia, establishing himself as an All-Time Great in college football’s modern era.
Pollack remains the Bulldogs all-time leader in sacks (36) and tackles for loss (58.5) .
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