Turns out there won’t be a Silver and Blackout in Hawaii after all. With the Baltimore Ravens and Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach headed to the Super Bowl a roster spot on the AFC squad has opened. Naturally Oakland’s own Marcel Reece was the AFC alternate at fullback so it became academic that he got the nod for a trip to Honolulu. He’ll be the lone member of the Raiders involved with the NFL’s exhibition which is hard to believe given the season Sebastian Janikowski put together. But that is for another day.
For Reece the Pro Bowl trip is validation. As an undrafted free agent that actually played wide receiver in college, his transformation into a legit fullback capable of contributing in a multitude of ways has been nothing short of amazing.
Despite Greg Knapp’s inability to properly utilize all of Oakland’s offensive talent, Reece had a career year that saw him breakout as a tailback when both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson were injured. In addition Reece caught 52 passes good for second best on the Raiders.
Congrats to Reece for the honor! It is well deserved and should be the first of many more trips to Hawaii …unless the Raiders are in the Super Bowl one day (hey, we can wish).