Marcus Pollardís athletic journey was a unique one to say the least. The Lanett, Alabama native and Valley High School graduate ended up at Seward County Community College where he played basketball for Coach Dale Reed and the Saints for two seasons, averaging 14.9 points and 9.3 rebounds in a dominating sophomore season for the Green and White.

Following his sophomore year, Pollard chose to continue his playing career at Bradley University where he started 49 games in his two seasons, averaging 7.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Braves. In 1995 it was football, not basketball, that would give the 6í3, 250 pounder his chance in professional athletics. Pollard signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts and would spend the next 14 years calling the NFL home. He racked up over 4,200 yards and 40 touchdowns during his time with the Colts, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, and Atlanta Falcons before hanging his cleats up in 2009. Now Pollard is taking his chance in a different game.
Pollard and his wife Amani, are currently contestants on Season 19 of CBSís The Amazing Race. The show is a reality based game show in which pairs have to race around the world, completing different tasks and challenges along the way. The final group finishing each leg of the race is usually eliminated, with the final team standing being declared the winners at seasons end. The Pollardís journey on season 19 started in Taipei, Taiwan before moving onto Indonesia for the second leg of the trip. In that leg, Marcus agreed to be the one of the pair that went spelunking and said that he hoped it didnít have to do with heights before realizing that spelunking is actually the term for repelling into a cave. The challenge didnít faze him and the Pollardís were on their way to their next challenge where they chose the ďShake your money makerĒ challenge. There, Marcus was forced to show off his dance moves on an Indonesian city corner to earn money that would eventually be given to a local orphanage, filled with children who lost their parents in the eruption of a deadly volcano. The Pollardís looked to be sailing along to the next leg of the race but failed to see a sign, as did 7 of the other 10 teams, that said that they needed to leave all of the money in their possession at the orphanage. Sent back by the host at the finish line, the Pollardís narrowly squeaked by the stage to finish 9th and advance to the next leg.
To watch Marcus and Amani in their quest to become The Amazing Race champions, make sure to tune in to CBS Sunday nightís at 7:00 central time.