David Pollack resurrects football career as a rising ESPN sportscasting star

As new addition to “College GameDay,” former Georgia player David Pollack will be in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday to preview Oklahoma-Florida State showdown
by Mel Bracht Modified: September 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm •  Published: September 14, 2011
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“The biggest thing about this is football got taken away from me at a young age,” he said. “This gives me my fix. This is my football. It keeps it running through my veins because I'm a junkie. I'm football 24/7.”

Pollack also is getting to cover some of the biggest games of the year. That wasn't the case last year in broadcasting 11 a.m. games for ESPNU.

“Some of my games were Arkansas State-Indiana. It's a little different when you got LSU-Oregon to open it up and you have the best game in college football. It's a blessing, man. The fans make it awesome because they are out there cheering and it gets your blood boiling. It makes you feel like you're playing again.”

Herbstreit said he lobbied to add Pollack to the popular show.

“I've been a huge fan of his as an individual human being and the way he carries himself,” Herbstreit said. “He has passion for this game and he loves it. He is just like me when it comes to living it, eating it, breathing it. He has been a great addition.”

Pollack said he is looking forward to being in Tallahassee on Saturday for what he expects will be Florida State's biggest home game in years.

“It's big because it's the first time that you've got Tallahassee rocking again,” he said. “They haven't been in the top five since 2005. This is a huge stage for them to prove that Jimbo (Fisher) and those guys are back. It's two good recruiting classes back to back, but they had some attrition the years before at the end of (Bobby) Bowden's run. This is a big show-me moment.”

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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