The Ravens found their starting strong safety for the foreseeable future when they signed Bernard Pollard as an unrestricted free agent after the lockout ended in July 2011. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Pollard ranks third on the defense in pass breakups with four and is tied with defensive tackle Haloti Ngata for third in solo tackles with 16. On Sunday, Pollard and the Ravens face the Kansas City Chiefs, who selected him in the second round of the draft in 2006.
Is this your first time back to Kansas City since leaving after the 2008 season?
"Very first. Haven't been back since. My wife [Meghan] just asked me last night how I feel about it, and like I tell you and like I told her, for me, this is just an opportunity to go pull off a victory. We're blessed that we get to play this game and we have an opportunity to go out there and showcase our talent. I think we're practicing our butts off and we're ready to go."
How strange will it feel to stand on the visiting sideline?
"It'll be fine. I've been gone. For me, it's just about going in there. A lot of guys have talked about how the fans are, and that's just a great stadium. The fans are fantastic. So we've just got to keep focused and go in there looking to win."
The team likes to play a lot of music from the 1960s and 70s during the game. Do you have a favorite tune?
"They have a little rock 'n roll song ["Black Betty" by Ram Jam] that they play before kickoff, and I kind of like that. Some great memories, but at the end of the day, it's a new team, a new year, and we're ready to go win."