Yesterday the Oakland Raiders showed Raider Nation that despite the struggles of this season that they are indeed still committed to excellence. Not only is that good news for football’s most faithful fans but it was also a relief for long snapper extraordinaire Jon Condo.
Prior to Oakland’s 15-0 ownership of the rival Kansas City Chiefs Condo was presented with the Commitment to Excellence Award. Recent winners include Nnamdi Asomugha, Justin Fargas (twice) and Rock Cartwright. The award is voted on by the players themselves and is given each year to the Raider who best exemplifies what the franchise represents and stands for.
Of course these days you’d have to take a microscope to the game tape in order to find anything closely resembling a commitment to excellence. Thankfully we saw plenty of that commitment yesterday. Hopefully that continues regardless of the opponent going forward.
Before the start of the 2012 season there were few outside of Raider Nation familiar with Condo. Sure, he’s a Pro Bowler and recognized as the best in the biz at what he does. It’s just that you almost never see highlights or discussions of long snappers on ESPN. The Raiders infamous loss on the Monday Night opener this season not only put in perspective how vital a good long snapper is but showed the world how valuable Condo is once he left that game with a concussion and the wheels came off on Oakland’s punting plays.
So congrats to Condo for the honor! It is well deserved for a man that has maximized his talents, worked diligently on his craft and has become the best at what he does. What’s more committed than that?