When Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard squares off against Tom Brady in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, he’ll be looking to advance to the Super Bowl and not change the NFL for a second time.
In 2008, as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Pollard ended Brady’s season when he hit him below the knee, which tore the quarterback’s ACL and led to the Brady Rule. Because of the hit, it’s now illegal for NFL defenders who are on the ground to lunge at the quarterback’s knees or lower.
“That’s the pretty boy. That’s the man of the NFL. That’s Mr. Do-It-All,” Pollard told reporters Wednesday, via The Baltimore Sun. “So everybody is going to hold that against me but I don’t care.”
This won’t be the first rodeo for Pollard against Brady since that hit. In the 2009 regular-season finale, Pollard faced off against Brady and intercepted him when he was a member of the Houston Texans.
But Pollard’s claim to fame will always be for his part in the Brady Rule.
“You go down there and they’ll take change out of your pockets,” Pollard said, via ESPN.com. “You have a second to make a decision. We’re conscious of what rules are being put in, but we’re playing football.”