Bernard Pollard takes things up a notch

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    The message in Titans safety Bernard Pollard’s locker remained up on Wednesday after practice, and he wasn’t distancing himself from the words on a white sheet of paper despite criticism from some national websites.

    Hardly. In fact, he turned things up a notch.

    “Our mission is to kill. If you want to take it and run with it and say whatever you want to, take it and go,’’ Pollard said. ”Our mission is to go in and beat teams … and when we hit them we are going to knock the (heck) out of them. We can’t care about that. We can’t give a rat’s tail about how a team feels about the way we hit. That’s the mentality we have to have. If you come across the middle you are going to get hit. If (NFL Commissioner) Roger Goodell wants to fine us, then we’ll take it.

    “At the end of the day it is about us playing football. We are at a disadvantage already. As a defense we are going backwards … and we are taught to react. We are going to play (hard) and we’re going to knock the (heck) out of people and if you don’t like it who cares, because we are going to do it again.”

    Pollard, signed as a free agent from Baltimore this offseason, has a message in his locker written in Sharpie that reads:

    Goal — Super Bowl.

    Mission — Kill!!!

    When a story ran on The Tennessean’s website earlier Wednesday, Pollard was called out for his verbiage, and use of the word “kill.”. He also has a message for those who might question him.

    “I don’t care what they have to say. If they feel like we’re going to carry guns and knives and try and stab people and try and kill them, shame on you. You are an idiot,’’ he said. “For us, when we say kill, we want to go out there and knock the (heck) out of people, we want to hit you. And for me, we’re going to help you up because I’m going to knock you back down. I have been at plenty of pee-wee football games where I have seen my son, my daughter, and you hear parents, you hear women, white, black, Hispanic, Chinese, Japanese, telling their sons, “Kill them! Telling their daughters, Kill them!”

    “Do I believe they mean kill them? Literally kill them? No. So if you have never played this game before and you want to take that and run with it, go ahead. Shame on you. You’re a fool. But for us, that is just the mentality you have to have and that’s not going to change.”

    Pollard said he’s never talked to Goodell, who has taken measures to cut down on violence in the game by issuing fines and suspensions for borderline hits.

    And he said he has no desire to do so.

    “I really don’t care what the commissioner is doing. I don’t think he has ever played football, he has never played in the National Football League and he has never walked in my shoes. And I haven’t walked in his either,’’ Pollard said. “I don’t know what he has to say about me, and to be perfectly honest, I don’t care what he has to say about me. I know that we have to have that mentality to play the game. You have to be (ticked) off, and you have to do some things to (tick) other people off. … If you don’t like that, I’m sorry for you. We’re not going to change, and we’re not going to apologize.”

    “…My job is to play football. My job is not to talk to the commissioner. I like the way things have gone in my career. I fly under the radar and don’t get in trouble. You are not going to hear about you and you are not going to see me. But I promise you this: On game day, you are going to hear my name and you are going to hear my helmet popping.”

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  2. JCBRAVE

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    He handled that about as well as you could. Good job by him. I hope he keeps talking too.
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    this guy just earned himself a jersey purchase from me.


    TJ, anyway we can get his selection on our profile soon?
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  4. CJtheBeast

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    I love Pollard.


    Everybody's way to PC these days. Glad he's not backing down.
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    PC?? Sorry if it's pretty obvious.

    Im guessing press coverage?
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  6. CJtheBeast

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    Politically correct.

    You can't say this. Can't say that. I say fu*k it and express yourself.
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  7. The Hammer

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    Only Izzy Mandelbaum takes it up a notch

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    Can't wait to get a Pollard jersey myself.I'm glad he is speaking his mind.
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    You know what the big thing about Pollard is the Titans are on TV every week getting national attention! Keep talking killa!
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    Love the attitude he brings. Defense is an attitude and a mindset. If you can get into the mind of your opponent you've already won half the game without playing a single snap. Go Pollard.
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