It's customary for members of the local media to give a light-hearted gift to whoever wins the Ravens' annual Media Good Guy award.
When Bart Scott was given the honor back in 2006, reporters presented him with a bottle of hot sauce, a reference to Scott's infamous line where he said he put some extra "hot sauce" on Reggie Bush when he tackled the then-Saints running back.
When Terrell Suggs was deemed the Media Good Guy in 2008, he was given a roll of Bounty paper towels, a reference to Suggs' claim earlier that season that the Ravens had a "bounty" out on Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall and wide receiver Hines Ward.
Today, safety Bernard Pollard was brought to the podium to accept the 2011 Good Guy award, and as the representative for my media brethren, I presented Pollard his "gift" - a pair of boxer shorts.
You see, Pollard is what you might call clothing-challenged. His teammates are well-aware of this, as are reporters, who often have to wait a decent amount of time for an unclothed Pollard to throw some threads on before approaching the veteran safety for an interview.
Pollard slung the boxers over his shoulder (as you can see in the picture at right, courtesy of BaltimoreRavens.com) and seemed to get a good kick out of the whole thing, even though he wasn't really sure how to react when asked to comment on the gift.
"Well the drawers said it all," Pollard said with a laugh. "I don't know. I guess it's an honor. I guess it was the way I was raised. I'm always going to be there to talk, to give you what you need."
Unfortunately, the boxers were a waste, as Pollard was back to his usual unclothed routine in the locker room no more than 15 minutes later.
While Pollard might not always be fully clothed when he's doing an interview, he's always accommodating, and takes the time to give thoughtful responses to questions. That's something he says he got from his father.
"Growing up, I've always been a talker," Pollard said. "When I was 7 years old, I would make my own desk in my room and record my own radio show. My mother and them still have tapes from it. And I went to school for communications. That's what I'm about. I know and understand that you guys have to get things from players and get things from coaches, and you've got to make an article because you've got to make a living.
"You love what you do. We love what we do. And we've got to give up a couple of things. Any means necessary, I'm going to be here to help you do your job and a lot of other guys all know and understand that it comes with the job."
Not only is Pollard known for his style of dress in the locker room - or lack thereof - but he's also known for his impressive (I guess that's what to call it) dance moves. When he was a member of the Chiefs, Pollard was filmed on HBO's "Hard Knocks" breaking it down in the locker room like I'd imagine few men can.
Pollard said today that if the Ravens win the Super Bowl this year, he might have to break out those moves yet again.
"I already told them, man. I'm on the podium after the game getting it," Pollard joked. "So hey, whatever it is. Sizzle (Terrell Suggs) has been on me about what I'm going to be wearing, so I know I'm going to take off my shoulder pads. I hope the pants don't come off. And if they do, I've got a jock strap under it. So it's going down."