Bernard Pollard says Johnny Manziel set a bad example for kids.
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Cleveland Browns rookie Johnny Manziel generated a lot of attention Monday night when he extended his middle finger toward the Washington Redskins' sideline during a preseason game. One player who took note of Manziel's antics was Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard, who did not approve of the gesture. 

By SI Wire
August 19, 2014

Cleveland Browns rookie Johnny Manziel generated a lot of attention Monday night when he extended his middle finger toward the Washington Redskins' sideline during a preseason game. One player who took note of Manziel's antics was Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard, who did not approve of the gesture. 

The nine-year veteran told The Tennessean that Manziel set a bad example for kids: 

"I don't know what was said, I could really care less. But we as players, we are blessed with this opportunity to play this game. We are on a stage, regardless if you want to say it or not, or believe it or not,'' Pollard said. "… He is a quarterback, and every young boy wants to be a quarterback, they want to be a face of a franchise, they want to be that guy. He is in that position.

Everybody has seen [the gesture], and that set a bad example for a lot of young people...

I don't know what to say about him at the league level. I don't know who he is. He has to prove himself ... All we can do is judge him off of game play. And that gesture, that wasn't good."​

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Pollard is entering his second year with the Titans. Last season, he started all sixteen games, recorded 77 solo tackles and three interceptions. 

During Monday's game, Manziel completed 7 of 16 passes for 65 yards and one touchdown. 

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