Former Chiefs-now Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard earned a championship ring on Sunday with Baltimore’s victory in Super Bowl XLVII.
And, Pollard did it all playing with a half-dozen cracked ribs.
That remarkable fact was something Pollard confirmed on Monday to the Baltimore Sun newspaper.
“Six of them, yep,” Pollard said. “Hey, it’s up to us to go out there and play and we did.”
Pollard actually played all but one game in the 2012 season without the rib injury. They were cracked in the second week against Philadelphia and then re-injured in the season’s 13th game playing Washington. He sat out the last 3 games of the regular season, but played in all four games in the playoffs.
“It’s tough dealing with pain,” Pollard told the Sun. “For us as football players, we know we’re going to go through it. At the same time, that’s the name of the game.”
The Ravens defense had 329 plays in four games. Pollard was on the field for 327 plays.