Ravens media members announce awards for Rice and Pollard

January 05, 2012|By Matt Vensel

The Ravens media awards were revealed Thursday at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills. Running back Ray Rice edged out linebacker Terrell Suggs for the team MVP award in the media vote. And in his first season in Baltimore, strong safety Bernard Pollard won the media “good guy” award for his candor in 2011.

As is tradition, we media gave the good guy winner a personal gift: This year, Pollard received a pair of boxers.

I won't go into too much detail, but Pollard is constantly chided by his teammates for lingering at his locker without any clothes on when reporters are in the locker room. On Thursday, he did an interview in the buff with a print reporter as teammates begged him to put pants on. It's not that Pollard does it to scare us away; he is very accommodating, which is why he won the award. Pollard is just, um, pretty comfortable with his body.

He also has a good sense of humor. He cracked up when MASN's Dan Kolko presented him the boxers.

“Well, the drawers said it all,” Pollard said when asked for his reaction. “I don't know. I guess it's an honor.”

Pollard said that he got the gift of gab from his father. When he was seven years old, Pollard would record his own radio show in his bedroom. “My mother and them still have tapes from it,” said the safety, who studied communications at Purdue. Pollard says that's why he understands and appreciates what we in the media do.

“You've got to make an article because you've got to make a living. You love what you do. We love what we do. And we've got to give up a couple of things,” Pollard said. “But by any means necessary, I'm going to be here to help you do your job and a lot of other guys all know and understand that it comes with the job.”

And if the Ravens go all the way to the Super Bowl, Pollard promised to give us one final show on the podium after the game. The man who calls himself “Chocolate Therapy” for his dance moves plans on "getting it."

"I already told them, man. I’m on the podium after the game getting it," Pollard said. "So hey, whatever it is. [Suggs has] been on me about what I'm going to be wearing so I know I'm going to take off my shoulder pads. I hope the pants don't come off. And if they do, I've got a jock strap under it. So it's going down.”

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