Bernard Pollard plays football like he's angry at the world.

Yet in the hours before kickoff he avoids the expletive-filled lyrics so many players rely on to get in the mood for a violent game. The fiery Titans safety sings a much different tune which doesn't exactly match his public persona.

"He'll be walking around the locker room singing gospel music" teammate Coty Sensabaugh said.

The big-talking hard-hitting Pollard plays like a madman. The eighth-year pro has fought injured opponents with big hits and has been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars. He's been an outspoken critic of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

The handwritten note he taped inside his locker this offseason opened another window into his mindset: "Goal — Super Bowl. Mission — Kill!!!"

Teammates however say Pollard is not the nasty guy many people envision. They insist he's really nice and kind-hearted.


"All I knew about B.P. before he got here was he was coming down to murder folks when he hit them and he's done that with us" defensive tackle Jurrell Casey said with a smile. "But off the field I'm telling you he's completely different. He's very religious. He doesn't use many cuss words. He doesn't use the n-word.