ESPN analyst David Pollack holds – but does not wear – the shirt presented to him by Georgia Tech. (Scott Clarke/ESPN Images)
Georgia-raised ESPN analyst David Pollack will stay close to home this weekend in a rare all-Georgia work stretch.
Beginning Thursday night, Pollack drove an hour southwest from his home near Athens, Ga., to call Virginia Tech’s 17-10 win against Georgia Tech in Atlanta. As a former Georgia Bulldog, stepping into Bobby Dodd Stadium sans helmet and pads was one of several firsts he’ll experience through Saturday.
Long considered in-state rivals, Pollack was 4-0 in his playing years vs. Tech. Still, Georgia Tech officials displayed a sense of humor about the history by presenting Pollack with his own Georgia Tech jersey as part of their special “throwback jersey” night at the stadium. And though he declined to wear it – as any good Bulldog would – he said, “This continues to be a great rivalry. Playing against Tech was always a big game because I knew so many of the guys from high school ball. A lot of us took our recruiting trips together. I always looked forward to that game.”
After Thursday night’s game, Pollack drove back to his home – a welcomed luxury given the rigors of the season – to prepare for ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot at his alma mater, the University of Georgia, as it prepares to take on SEC rival LSU on Saturday.
While playing at Georgia, Pollack racked up a slew of post-season accolades including three-time All-America honors, 2002 SEC Player of the Year, the 2003 and 2004 Ted Hendricks Award, and, all in 2004, the Chuck Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy and SEC Defensive Player of the Year. It will be his first time back as a member of the GameDay team and a moment he is looking forward to.
“It’s just great all the way around,” Pollack said. “I got to take my kids to school [this week]. I’ve slept in my own bed. I’ll see friends and people I knew as a player here. And, I get to take my son to his first ever football game Saturday. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
- By Keri Potts
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