Marcel Reece, the Oakland Raiders X-Factor

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Oakland Raider Marcel Reece is an undrafted free agent out of University of Washington who was signed by the Miami Dolphins in 2008. The Raiders picked him up and experimented with him in various positions finding that the fullback fit Reece’s skill set the best.

Because of his catching ability paired with his speed, he has been called the “Matchup Nightmare”. His 40 yard dash time was 4.40 seconds. He played his first game for the Raiders in week 16 of the 2009 season and was promptly named the starter for the 2010 season. He has rushed for 723 yards in his NFL career along with 11 touchdowns. He has been selected to two Pro Bowls.

Reece was selected to Team Sanders for this year’s Pro Bowl and he also put together a Pro Bowl Blog for Comcast Sports Net detailing his activities for the week. He talked about missing his wife who is about ready to give birth to a baby girl and was unable to travel with him so close to her due date. He was assured that he wouldn’t miss the birth so he went off to Hawaii to represent the Raiders.

He really liked the fact that the unconferenced Pro Bowl included a two day draft event. Even though he already pretty much knew after three different conversations with Deion Sanders that he would be Team Sanders, he talked about how much he enjoyed the draft experience. He said, “It was still a humbling experience when he drafted me in the first round, especially because I was NEVER drafted into the NFL. I always dreamed being in the green room on draft day, and it was cool to finally have that happen.”

One of Reece’s favorite things to do is to give back to the community. He is a United Way ambassador and also has his own foundation, the Marcel Reece Foundation, which was founded in 2011 to give back to the Oakland Raiders’ community as well as Reece’s hometown of Hesperia. The Foundation’s mission is to inspire youth by giving them opportunities to develop into influential men and women.

While he was in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, he took time out to participate in the NFL Play60 event at Pearl Harbor with other players. He talked about a moment when he saw Cam Newton trying to high five one of the kids at the event and was left hanging. Reece “saw Cam with his hand still up in the air like — what? OK….So I ran across the field and gave him a high five so he wouldn’t be left hanging. It was comedy.”

Reece is a bit of prankster and talked about how he and his training camp roommate Darren McFadden had plans to let teammates get comfortable before the pair would unleash pranks on people. The last practice session for the Pro Bowl was more of a fun practice where fans could watch and also get autographs from their favorite players. It was fun for the players as well since there were a lot of live interviews and video spots. Reece spent the better part of that day video bombing other players as they were filming. Reece talked about happening upon a video shoot featuring JJ Watt and said, “JJ Watt was doing some video shoot where they had him “uncomfortably” flexing his biceps, so I jumped in.  I mean I had to help him out, I think he appreciated it.” Reece also hopped in a video spot that Jamaal Charles was filming for Cartoon Network.

One of his favorite things about the Pro Bowl is seeing Raider Nation. He talked about how Raider Nation travels well and he sees Raiders fans everywhere. He said that “It’s always fun and an honor because you may have some big time guys here and they play for a different fan base or a different team and they don’t have the showing. When you walk up and hear Raider fans and they all know you and they’re all yelling and screaming, being as excited as we always here, it’s always a good time and always makes you feel good.”

Reece said that the fan base is what keeps him going and during training camp, he and McFadden always talked about the pride that runs deep within Raider Nation. “DMac and I know we go as far as this Raider Nation takes us. The reason why we’re still here is because of the Raider Nation. We love them. We give them credit for what they do for us,” Reece said.

Even as the Raiders were heading into their first preseason game, seeing Raider Nation was the thing that Reece was looking forward to the most. I’m sure the fan base will be looking forward to seeing more out of Reece next season.

He’s always really productive when he’s utilized. And what is Reece looking forward to? The Black Hole being nice and full and most of all loud! He said, “I can’t wait to go and jump in it. That’s my goal…to make sure I get a jump in and make sure they feel me.”

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