There have been quite a few outstanding Boilermakers that played their college football in West Lafayette and we had the tremendous honor of talking one of the very best, Bernard Pollard!
Bernard was gracious enough to give me the opportunity to interview him and give his opinions on a multitude of topics, reflect back on his days at Purdue and give a little insight on the things he is up to right now!
During our nearly 50 minute interview, Bernard and I discussed:
- How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected him and his business of training athletes.
- His thoughts on how and why college football should still be played this fall and a very interesting idea about how to eliminate fan interactions will the players, coaches and other personnel on the field.
- What his days at Purdue were like and how it benefited him as he has grown older.
- Why he believes college athletes should be pay and his opinion on how the NCAA and athletes could approach it.
- His fallout with the late Joe Tiller and why he has not returned to Purdue’s campus.
- How he reflects on his NFL career and winning a Super Bowl in 2012 as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
- The racial injustice towards African-Americans in the United States and the large focus on the Black Lives Matter movement in recent months.
- NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, why he supports them but would not take a knee and the alternative route he would take if he were still playing today.
I cannot thank Bernard enough for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk with myself, giving Hammer & Rails the opportunity to help share his thoughts and giving an update on his life to Boilermaker Nation!
You can watch the full video on YouTube below. Enjoy and Boiler Up!