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Darryl Pollard
Date of birth: (1964-05-11) May 11, 1964 (age 57)
Place of birth: Ellsworth, Maine
Career information
Position(s): CB
College: Weber State University
 As player:
San Francisco 49ers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Jose SaberCats
Playing stats at

Darryl Pollard (born May 11, 1964 in Ellsworth, Maine) is a former professional American football player who played cornerback for seven seasons in the National Football League.

Started for three years at Weber State University(1983–1985)...Led the Wildcats with four interceptions as a senior earning all-conference honors and was rated as the 24th defensive cornerback in the NCAA to be drafted in the NFL 1986 draft. He came to Weber State as a running back but was moved to cornerback prior to his sophomore season...Played wide receiver and return specialist at William Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado...Included among his hobbies are golf, basketball, reading and spending time with family and friends...His listed highlights are two Super Bowl Championships, 1988, 1989 and playing on undefeated High School Colorado State Championship team in 1981.

Pro Career

Timeline: Pollard was originally signed by Seattle Seahawks (5/3/86) as a free agent but was waived on (8/19/86). He was signed during the next offseason by San Francisco 49ers on (4/10/87), released on (8/31/87) and then re-signed on (9/24/87) for the replacement games. After being waived on (10/24/87) he was re-signed (8/3/88), released (8/23/88), re-signed (8/25/88) and released (8/27/88). He was finally signed again on (9/15/88) and was with the San Francisco 49ers organization for five years before being placed on waivers on (8/31/92). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed Pollard off wavers on (9/1/92).

1987 Started left corner in the three replacement games with 12 tackles and four pass defections.

1988 Waived and re-signed twice before making San Francisco 49ers roster for good..Played in 14 games, part of the core special teams and playing in nickel and dime defense...23 tackles and four pass defections...Also played in all post season games... Made alert recovery of John Taylor's fumble of a punt return in Super Bowl XXIII (1/22/89) vs. Cincinnati.

1989 Opened season as the San Francisco 49ers new starting left cornerback, earning his first NFL start at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9/17)... Went on to start 14 games and play in 16... Recorded career highs in tackles (79), solo tackles (75) and passes defensed (12)... Also led the team with 22 special team stops... Had four tackles and his first NFL interceptions vs. New England Patriots (10/22)... Established a career high with 11 solo tackles vs. New Orleans Saints (11/6)...Contributed seven tackles and three passes defensed in the NFC Divisional Playoff game vs. Minnesota (1/6/90)...Started in Super Bowl XXIV with one recorded sack against John Elway (1/28/90) win over Denver 55 - 10.

1990 Started all 16 games for San Francisco 49ers at left cornerback and had 74 stops (72 Solo), nine passes defensed, one interception and one fumble recovery...Turned in a critical play at New Orleans(9/10) Monday Night halting a New Orleans Saints drive in the end zone with his second career interception...Also came up big vs. other divisional rival, Atlanta Falcons, making six tackles and recovering a fumble...Instrumental in 49ers key late-season victory over New York Giants (12/3), notching seven tackles and three passes defensed, including a crucial knockdown on a fourth-down goal-line play...Hurt giants again in the NFC Championship game (1/20/91) with six tackles and two passes defensed....Helped 49ers past Washington Redskins in previous round of playoffs with six tackles and an interception.

1991 Spent entire season on injured reserved after breaking his left ankle in the first half of a preseason game at Seattle (8/23).

1992 Played in all 16 games as a cornerback, nickel back and special teamer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers....Started against the Detroit Lions(9/27)and the Indianapolis Colts (10/4) when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened in extra defensive back sets...Added a career-high two interceptions to 26 tackles (21 solos)...Snagged third career interception and pitched in with six tackles against the Minnesota Vikings (9/20)...Followed with fourth interception of career against Chicago Bears (10/18), returning it 75 yards to set up a Buccaneer touchdown....Interception return at Chicago was the longest by a Buccaneer in 11 years, the third-longest in team history and the longest by a Buccaneer that did not score a touchdown... Contributed four special teams tackles.

1993 Spent entire season on injured reserved after being diagnosed with herniated disk in his neck after preseason game against Denver Broncos (8/7)...Career ending injury... retired 1994.

1995 Darryl joined the Arena Football League signing a one year contract with the San Jose Sabercats as a Defensive back and Wide receiver. Darryl is the District Production Sales Manager in Northern California for Océ North America, Inc. and resides in San Francisco, California.

2009 Darryl and other former 49er teammates (Guy McIntyre, Ray Wershing and Steve Bono) participate in a 49ers VISA Signature Day Football Fantasy Camp. He and other teammates allowed several lucky individuals to participate in football drills on the teams practice field in Santa Clara, Ca.

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