Titans' safety Bernard Pollard has one very interesting thing in his locker. You guessed it -- his termination notice from the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, which terminated his contract in March. Pollard was signed by the Titans soon after he was terminated, but is his focus truthfully off of the Ravens?
Pollard seems to have a definite grudge being held towards the Ravens. Let's take a look at a few of the things that has happened between Pollard and the Ravens this offseason:
- Pollard decided not to attend White House Visit for an unknown reason.
- Pollard did not attend the Super Bowl Ring Ceremony for an unknown reason.
- Pollard says that he doesn't want to attend Super Bowl festivities because there are a few guys he doesn't want to see.
- Pollard keeps his Ravens' termination notice taped in his locker for "motivation."
NFL Network's Albert Breer tweeted this out earlier yesterday, which was very interesting. Even he seemed to be skeptical about it.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
NOTICE OF TERMINATION
DATE: MARCH 24, 2013
TO: Bernard Pollard
You are hearby notified that effective immediately your NFL Player Contract(s) with the Club covering the 2013, 2014 and 2015 football season(s) has (have) been terminated for the reason(s) checked below:
( ) You have failed to establish or maintain your excellent physical condition to the satisfaction of the Club physician.
( ) You have failed to make full and complete disclosure of your physical or mental condition during a physical examination.
(X) In the judgment of the Club, your skill or performance has been unsatisfactory as compared with that of other players competing for positions on the Club's roster.
( ) You have engaged in personal conduct which in the reasonable judgment of the Club, adversely affect or reflects on the Club.
( ) In the Club's opinion, you are anticipated to make less of a contribution to the Club's ability to compete on the playing field than another player or players whom th Club intends to sign or attempts to sign, or already on the roster of the Club, and for whom the Club needs room.
Club: BALTIMORE RAVENS
That's what it says.
Now, it seems as if Pollard is using it as motivation.
It seems like he is bitter about the situation and is using this as a way to motivate himself, to show the Ravens what they're missing instead of focusing on his new team and winning.
If I were a teammate of Pollard's, I'd tell him to take it down immediately and put it somewhere in his home. The locker room isn't a place for bitterness about your former team releasing you. It is a place to get ready for games with your new team, so you can go out there and give it your all for that team, not for your previous one.