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'Deeply religious' NFL player vows to end his on-field swearing

Published: Tuesday, June 26 2012 1:01 p.m. MDT

Baltimore Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard (31) pulls down New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) after a pass reception during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass. Religious conviction is part of the equation for Bernard Pollard wanting to clean up his potty mouth.

Charles Krupa, Associated Press

Baltimore Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard counted 17 occasions during 2011 when he spewed profanity during an NFL game. His game plan for the upcoming season: zero tolerance for on-field swearing.

Last week the Ravens' official website reported that a "deeply religious Pollard" explained, “That’s how I live my life. Me and my wife, we used to cuss like cats and dogs. When you make a decision to change for the better, you live your life for the better.”

(The same blog post also revealed: "Some other (Baltimore Ravens) who don’t cuss altogether — or at least very little — are Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata (Highland High) and Dennis Pitta (BYU).")

ProFootballTalk editor Mike Florio voiced his support for Pollard's plan: "Count Ravens safety Bernard Pollard among the small minority of men who (try) to play the game without cursing a blue streak. … We respect him for trying. We’ll respect him even more when he no longer has to try."

Pollard is a six-year NFL veteran who is perhaps best known for shredding superstar quarterback Tom Brady's knee in 2008 and, two years later, unleashing a profanity-laced tirade that CBS microphones picked up and inadvertently included in the live broadcast.

“It’s on film, and you can’t take it away,” Pollard said about the 2010 incident. “I can’t conduct myself like that. Somebody’s kids are going to hear that. My kids are going to hear that. I have to be an example for not only my kids, but everybody’s kids.”

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