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Troy Pollock ’21 Brings Grit and Agility as a Running Back

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Troy Pollock ’21 had an interception and 50-yard punt return touchdown against Worcester.


Throughout his two years as running back for Andover Football, Troy Pollock ’21 has consistently brought grit and passion for the sport to the team, according to teammates Calvin Yang ’21 and Stephen Needham ’21.

Yang said, “Troy is a strong, fast, and shifty running back. He can make the biggest plays from what seems to be thin air. Despite the size difference, bigger defenders still struggle to take him down. Troy is a very reliable, hardworking, and [a] positive guy. He is a natural leader who inspires and challenges the team to rise to his standards.”

Needham added, “Troy never backs down from whoever he goes against whether it be in drills or in a game. He always will get right back up and be ready for the next play no matter how hard he gets hit…Troy always brings a positive energy to the field which I feel has a large impact on bringing us together as a unit. Also his leadership and desire to get not only himself, but the rest of us better is what impacts the team dynamic.”

Due to his impact across the field and the unwavering drive he brings to practices and games, Pollock has earned the accolade of The Phillipian’s Athlete of the Week.

How long have you been playing football and how were you introduced to the sport?

Since second grade. My brother played and my dad coached, so it was in my family.

What do you love most about the sport?

The competitive nature of it and [the] hitting. Also the team aspect of it.

What is your favorite memory of the season so far?

Probably our win. Before that we hadn’t won all season and it was just really nice to go up on a team. We had 28 points and it was nice to not be on the other side of it, so it just felt good.

What is your favorite team tradition?

Probably the stretches. So we have a lot of traditional stretches like the names of the stretches and it’s just funny. We’ll go down and we’ll do like shins, ankles, toes.

How would you describe the team dynamic?

We have a couple really good captains and then there’s a lot of Uppers, and a lot of younger kids have to step up and that’s really good.

What is your favorite commons meal?

Shrimp stir fry.

What are you looking forward to for the rest of the season?

Just playing, because we only have two more games like I know it’s coming to an end, and just like enjoying the last few practices and you know obviously our last two games, and especially Exeter.

What are your goals for the rest of the season?

To win both of our next games, we only have two more, but [we want] to win them.