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Don’t expect Cowboys running back Tony Pollard to do any endorsements for Chipotle

Dallas Cowboys picked dynamic Memphis running back Tony Pollard in the fourth round on Saturday and he was finally able to answer questions about why he ran such a slow time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The speedy Pollard was clocked at 4.52 seconds in the 40 at the combine, causing many to wonder how he was able to score 25 touchdowns as a runner, receiver and kick returner in college.

Pollard blamed it on food poisoning after eating at Chipotle. He didn’t feel well but decided to do the drills anyway, resulting in a slow time.

“I was (sick). I had food poisoning from Chipotle right when I got to the Combine,” Pollard said. “I’m good with dealing with adversity. Whatever happens, I know how to take it and roll with it. I just wanted to go out and perform. This is a once and a lifetime thing, you only go to the Combine once so I didn’t want to get out there and be like, ‘No I don’t want to do it.’ It’s just how I am. No matter what I’m going through or what it is, I’m going to battle through tough situations and find a way to make it happen.”

Pollard made amends at his Pro Day at Memphis, running a 4.38 in the 40.

”I wanted to put my true self on display at my Pro Day because I wasn’t able to do that with me being sick, my body being weak, at the Combine,” Pollard said. “I treated my Pro Day like it was my own personal Combine. I just wanted to attack everything.”

Asked if he was through eating at Chipotle, Pollard said, “Never again.”

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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.