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 87   Marcus Pollard   TE
  Height: 6-3   Weight: 255
  Year: 14   Yrs/Pat: 1
  Acquired: UFA (SEA)-08
  School: Bradley
  Born: Feb 8, 1972    

Personal

Marcus LaJuan Pollard was born in Valley, Alabama, where he attended Valley High School ... Grew up idolizing Billy "White Shoes" Johnson and the Atlanta Falcons as a child ... Writes the initials of people who he has lost during his life on athletic tape to remind and inspire him ... Avid golfer, sporting a handicap of 10, and also enjoys fishing ... He has collected and purchased toys at Christmas for innercity community organizations ... Marcus hopes to become a high school football coach following his playing career and earned some coaching experience as a coaching intern with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europa in the spring of 2006 ... Majored in criminal justice ... Marcus and his wife Amani have two sons, Myles Ashton and Micah Jayden, and a daughter, Aja Amani.



Career Transactions

Marcus Pollard was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on April 23, 2008 ... Originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent on Jan. 24, 1995 ... Waived by the Colts (8/22/95) ... Signed to the Colts' practice squad (8/28/95) ... Signed to the Colts' active roster from the practice squad (10/10/95) ... Signed by the Detroit Lions as an unrestricted free agent (3/7/05) ... Released by the Lions (3/3/07) ... Signed by the Seattle Seahawks (3/13/07).



Career Highlights

GP/GS (Playoffs): 191/133 (13/10)

  • Pollard enters the 2008 season as a veteran of 13 NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (1995-2004), Detroit Lions (2005-06) and Seattle Seahawks (2007).
  • Pollard enters 2008 having played in 191 career games with 133 starts and has caught 349 passes for 4,280 yards (12.3 avg.) and 40 touchdowns.
  • Pollard has recorded eight career 100-yard receiving games and has also recorded 57 career special teams tackles.
  • In 2007, Pollard played in 14 games with 10 starts for the Seahawks and led Seattle's tight ends with 28 receptions for 273 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Pollard was the Detroit Lions' leading receiver in 2005 with 46 catches.
  • During his two-year tenure with the Lions (2005-06), he caught 58 passes for 616 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Pollard left the Colts after the 2004 season ranked second among the franchise's tight ends with 263 career receptions, third with 3,391 receiving yards and third with 35 touchdowns.
  • Pollard played in all but six games for the Indianapolis Colts over a nine-year span from 1996-2004.
  • Pollard set career highs in all receiving categories in 2001, catching 47 passes for 739 yards and eight touchdowns while starting all 16 games for the first time in his career. l Pollard's average of 15.7 yards per catch in 2001 led all NFL tight ends with at least 40 receptions that season.


Seasonal Reviews (1995 - 2007)

2007 (14/10 - Seattle): Started his first game for the Seahawks and led team with five receptions totaling 43 yards against Tampa Bay (9/9) ... Had two catches for 23 yards and a 14-yard TD, his first in a Seahawks uniform, at San Francisco (9/30) ... Had two receptions for 15 yards and second touchdown of the season against Arizona (12/9) ... Had three catches for 15 yards against Baltimore ... Had three catches for 39 yards against Atlanta (12/30) ... Caught a key two-point conversion in a wild card playoff game against Washington (1/5) to give Seattle a 21-14 lead ... Had one catch for 3 yards in the divisional playoffs against Green Bay (1/12).

2006 (15/5 - Detroit): Saw time in the tight end rotation for the Detroit offense to record 12 receptions for 100 yards (8.3 avg) ... Had two grabs for 21 yards (10.5 avg) against Seattle (9/10) ... Made a season-long catch of 22 yards against Buffalo (10/15), and recorded a special teams tackle on the punt cover unit in the fourth quarter ... Surpassed 4,000 receiving yards for his career vs. San Francisco (11/12) with a 5-yard reception against the 49ers.

2005 (16/16 - Detroit): Finished the season leading the team in receptions (46). Also surpassed the 300-career receptions mark ... Caught first touchdown pass as a Lion, a 9-yard strike from QB Joey Harrington to give Detroit the opening lead over Green Bay (9/11) ... Tied his career long reception vs. Carolina (10/16) when he caught an 86-yard pass from QB Joey Harrington to set up a Detroit field goal ... Recorded his second touchdown of the season, a 23- yard pass from Harrington at Minnesota (11/6) ... Four of his five receptions against Arizona (11/13) were for first downs, to help keep Lions scoring drives alive ... Led the team with six receptions at New Orleans (12/24), including his 300th career reception.

2004 (13/13, 2/2 - Indianapolis): Started all 13 games in which he appeared ... Finished fifth on the team in receptions with 29 for 309 yards and six touchdowns on the season ... Had a season-high two touchdowns vs. Minnesota (11/7) ... Posted a season high 52 yards on three catches, with a 26 yard long, vs. Jacksonville (10/24) ... Caught three passes in two postseason games for 30 yards.

2003 (14/13, 3/3 - Indianapolis): Started 13 of 14 contests and also started all three postseason games for the Colts ... Made 40 catches for 541 yards and three touchdowns for his third consecutive 40-plus reception season ... Made a season-high 51 yard grab at Miami (11/2) ... Had a 7-yard touchdown catch in the AFC Championship Game at New England (1/18) ... Had 10 catches for 156 yards in three playoff games.

2002 (15/15, 1/1 - Indianapolis): Pulled down at least one ball in all 15 games in which he played, totaling 43 catches for 478 yards and six touchdowns ... Had multiple receptions in 10 outings, including seven catches for 42 yards vs. Tennessee (11/3) and five snares vs. Baltimore (10/13), vs. New York Giants (12/22) and vs. Jacksonville (12/29) ... Made a season-long 41-yard touchdown catch at Pittsburgh (10/21) ... Had his first career three-game touchdown reception streak vs. Cincinnati (10/6), vs. Baltimore (10/13), and at Pittsburgh (10/21).

2001 (16/16 - Indianapolis): For the first time in his career, started all 16 games at tight end ... Set career highs with 47 receptions for 739 yards and eight touchdowns ... Averaged 15.7 yards per catch (a career best) which ranked first among all NFL tight ends with 40-plus receptions ... Pulled down an 89-yard touchdown pass at New Orleans (11/18), the fifth longest touchdown pass play in Colts history and second longest by a tight end ... Had two 100- yard receiving games, tying for the second best seasonal total in club history by a tight end.

2000 (16/14, 1/1 - Indianapolis): Started 14 games at H-back ... Totaled 30 catches for 439 yards, with three touchdowns ... Added one special teams tackle, and two in the postseason ... Had a season high five catches for 74 yards and a 50-yard touchdown at Miami (12/17).

1999 (16/10, 1/1 - Indianapolis): Started 10 games at H-back ... Made 34 catches for 374 yards, including four touchdowns ... Added 11 special team tackles, seven solo.

1998 (16/11 - Indianapolis): Started 11 games at H-back ... Caught four touchdowns on 24 receptions for 309 yards ... Made a then career-high six grabs at New England (9/13) for 53 yards ... Had a 44-yard touchdown catch vs. Carolina (12/27) ... Caught a 14-yard touchdown with 24 seconds remaining for a 24-23 win vs. the New York Jets (11/15) ... Posted 10 special teams tackles.

1997 (16/6 - Indianapolis): Had 13 special teams tackles ... Earned four starts in two-tight end formations, and started twice vs. the New York Jets (10/5) and at Pittsburgh (10/12) ... Had 10 receptions for 116 yards.

1996 (16/4, 1/0 - Indianapolis): Started four games when the Colts opened with a two-tight end formation ... Made 13 special teams tackles ... Had six catches for 86 yards and a touchdown ... Caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jim Harbaugh at Dallas for his first career reception (9/15).

1995 (8/0, 2/0 - Indianapolis): Saw action primarily on special teams in eight games ... Totaled six special teams tackles, including four solo ... Saw reserve action in the postseason at Kansas City (1/7/96) and at Pittsburgh (1/14/96), making one assisted special teams tackle at Pittsburgh.



College

Did not play college football, but was a two-year starter at power forward in basketball. Career totals include 58 games, 49 starts, 424 points (7.3 avg.) and 289 rebounds (5.0 avg.). Transferred to Bradley after starting two years at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas, where he averaged 15 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore.



Extra Points

  • Marcus and his wife, Amani, operate T.R.U.S.T. 81 (Teaching, Reaching, Understanding, Supporting, and Trusting), a foundation that serves as a motivational force in the lives of children by instilling high ethical standards and promoting self esteem.
  • Marcus was a two-year starter on the Bradley basketball team and did not play college football.