Khalil Mack, not just a complementary player

In the midst of Saturday’s Hall of Fame Nomination leaks, it was announced that future Raiders Hall of Famer,  Khalil Mack, had been voted the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year.

And because we never forget…

Yea Bucky, you’re still a dip shit for that one.

Congratulations Khalil, it’s well deserved.

In just his third pro season, Mack has firmly entrenched himself among the greatest to ever play the position.  His combination of strength and speed is at a level this Raiders fan hasn’t seen since a hip injury took Bo from us.  I used to think that no human being could ever top the physical prowess that Bo Jackson displayed.  Khalil Mack has proven that there is no bounds to the evolving NFL athlete.

What I most appreciate about the stars on this team is the substance beyond their athletic ability.  Knowing that Khalil Mack and Derek Carr will fill the young football memories of my 9 and 7 year old children is a thought that reaffirms everything is right with this organization.  As definite as Khalil is to effect a game with his skill, is the comfort of knowing he’s not going to shoot himself in the leg, or plow his car into a bystander while hammered on a Friday night.  This is a man who was made for the greatness that has been bestowed us.

Every generation has transcendent players who’s lasting impression on the game is larger than the greatness they display on the gridiron.

Reggie White, the Minister of Defense, a player who put a forgotten football city back on the map.

Jerry Rice, whose talent was superseded only by his work ethic.

Walter Payton, Sweetness.

Jim Brown, his early retirement is the only reason his records don’t stand.

Charles Woodson, the GOAT.

Ahmad Brooks, about that one Bucky…

…Khalil Mack, who’s only just scratched his football surface.

Enjoy the ride.

One day, we’ll look back on this young man and wonder if we’ll ever see another like him.  Odds are, we will, but it won’t be any time soon, and it might not be with the Raiders.

We are witnessing history, and this story has just begun.  It’s a great time to be a Raiders fan.



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