David Pollack, the UGA legend who is now an ESPN broadcaster, will finally get to go “home” again this weekend. He’ll attend a football game at his alma mater for the first time in more than five years on Saturday.
The 37-year-old Pollack is a celebrity member of ESPN’s College GameDay crew, which travels across the country on a weekly basis during the fall for lengthy pre-game shows at the locations of college football’s top games.
For the first time since 2013, the popular show will broadcast from Athens on Saturday morning, in advance of the showdown between No, 7 Notre Dame and No. 3 UGA.
“I texted Kirby on Sunday morning when I (saw) the news and I said ‘Hey, bro, thanks for being great again, we (ESPN College GameDay) can have a home game,” Pollack told DawgNation’s Brandon Adams.
“I definitely love being home. I love seeing the campus. I haven’t been on campus since … I don’t even go to that many Georgia games. The last Georgia game I went to was the Rose Bowl, and the national championship. Before that was 2013 with the LSU game. So I don’t always get the opportunity to be a part of this, and see Georgia, and the traditions, and stuff you forget about over the time … so I am super excited to be able to go to this game.
“It’s a big game, too. It’s two Top-10 teams in the country going at it, obviously, with a lot to prove and can make a statement early in the season.”
Pollack has a love-hate relationship with some UGA fans, even though he was one of the greatest to ever wear the red and black. He was a three-time All-American at defensive end for the Bulldogs from 2002-2004, and probably deserved to have his No. 47 jersey retired if UGA still did that. His promising NFL career ended early due to a neck injury.
It’s Pollack’s role as a college football analyst that generates a mixed reaction from some UGA fans. Because he’s a celebrity alumnus, whenever Pollack picks against the Bulldogs in a big game, it generates negative reaction among the team’s followers, even though predicting games is part of his job. It’s a similar situation to when the famed ESPN broadcaster Kirk Herbstreit (a former Ohio State quarterback) picks against the Buckeyes.
Nevertheless, for the record, Pollack still has an affinity for UGA, and he’s a huge fan of Kirby Smart’s impact on the football program:
“I don’t think there’s anybody who’s an actual Georgia fan who is not super excited about what Kirby Smart has done. If you aren’t, then you’re not very bright – and I can’t help you. There’s nothing I can to help you. The level of recruiting … the level of toughness … when I watch tape now, I thoroughly enjoy watching people play the game like the game is supposed to be played.”