NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Bernard Pollard is a former safety with the Tennessee Titans, a Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens and now, a big NASCAR fan. Pollard, an Indiana native, says he got into auto racing after following the story of the the Cup Series' only black driver, Bubba Wallace.
Pollard recently met Wallace and was nothing short of impressed.
"He's a real country boy," Pollard said. "He's a great driver and a great guy and he really cares about people."
Pollard also told me he enjoys the strategies involved in Cup Series racing.
"[Before] I thought it was all about driving fast, turning left, and winning," he joked.
Pollard played nine seasons in the NFL, including two with the Titans in 2013 and 2014. Unfortunately, "BP" didn't enjoy a lot of winning while in Tennessee -- going 9-23 in those two seasons -- but Pollard says he takes pride in helping to change the culture in the Titans' locker room, along with players like Delanie Walker and DeMarco Murray, laying the foundation for what is now a winning franchise.
At 35, Pollard admits part of him would still love to be playing, but he's enjoying spending time with his family and helping current NFL defensive backs workout and improve their technique.