Bernard Pollard, the Ravens' newest safety, is known for his fierce hits, aggressive personality and ability to blitz. Here's what else you should know about him:
-- As a member of the Texans, he was fined $40,000 by the NFL last December for hitting a defenseless receiver (Justin Gage of the Titans) in the head. A repeat offender, Pollard was fined $5,000 earlier in the year for a late hit on Thomas Jones of the Chiefs.
-- Pollard was the guy who delivered the hit that ended Tom Brady's season in the 2008 opener. Blocked to the ground by Patriots running back Sammy Morris, Pollard worked through the block to grab Brady's left knee and the Pro Bowl quarterback tore ACL and MCL ligaments. The result was what is known as the Brady Rule: a defensive player on the ground who hasn't been blocked directly into the quarterback is prohibited from diving at the quarterback's lower legs.
Pollard was released by the Chiefs in the final cuts going into the 2009 season and signed by the Texans soon after. This season, when qualifications for restricted and unrestricted free agents were unclear, the five-year veteran did not receive a tender from Houston, thereby making him a UFA.
The reason the Texans gave him for releasing him was that he didn't fit in new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme.