Nov 29, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Khalil Mack will wear number 52


PHOTO BY TONY GONZALES/RAIDERS.COM

PHOTO BY TONY GONZALES/RAIDERS.COM

It’s definitely official, the Oakland Raiders have signed their 1st Round Draft Pick Khalil Mack.  Mack will receive a 4-year contract worth $18.67 million with a 5th year option.  All of the contract money is guaranteed per NFL Insider Albert Breer.  This is very comforting given the fact that Raider Nation has watched many of Oakland Raiders previous 1st Round Draft Picks holdout for contracts in the past.  This should speed along the other Draft Pick signings, which will ensure 100% participation in OTA’s and Training Camp.

When Khalil Mack arrived in Oakland, CA, he was asked what number he would wear, given that he could not wear the #46 due to being a LB (#’s 50-59).  Mack wasted no time and stated he wanted to wear the #52.  Once he was signed, he immediately donned the #52.  When asked why he wanted the #52 Mack stated, “Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens LB) wore the #52, and he was one of my idols.”  If Mack can have the career that Lewis had, minus the off-field incidents, then Raider Nation is in for an exciting ride.

Mack will now join other notable players who have worn the #52 like Kirk Morrison, Quentin Groves, and Philip Wheeler (Last 10 years).  I believe that Mack will outplay all of those previous players combined, and he will soon become a dominant force along the defensive line of the Oakland Raiders.

I don’t know how the rest of Raider Nation feels, but I can’t wait to see Mack in action with Sio Moore, Justin Tuck, Nick Roach, Kevin Burnett, LaMarr Woodley, Antonio Smith, Stacey McGee, Pat Sims, Justin Ellis, etc…  The more I look at the defensive player’s on this roster, the more excited I get.  Oh, that’s just the LB’s and DL, which doesn’t even touch upon the CB’s and S’s.  Then I start thinking about the offensive personnel, and I believe the NFL has the Raiders seriously underrated.

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  • KloverJane

    52 cards in a deck. He’s the Ace of spades! I can’t wait to see the opposing quarterbacks on their asses! Big Mack attack!

  • Mark Shafer

    Oakland is going to be a NASTY place to play for opposing quarterbacks. Can you just smell that AUTUMN WIND!

  • Mark from Section 122

    Easy boy! You got so excited at the end there, i bet you could cut glass with your nipples. I’m hopeful as well and there is a lot of talent there, but remember, we have had talent before, but our coaches sucked. With this coaching staff, the jury is going to be out until the third game of the regular season when we go into New England. If we don’t go in 2-0 and come out 3-0, then I’m heating the tar up and calling for the feathers. Anyway, I like the 52, but I wish he would have picked 51 instead.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    You only wanted him to have 51, because that was your number in High School and for the Grown Up Games, LOL. I like his reasoning for the 52 though, if he wants to be like the on the field Ray Lewis, then I hope that’s who he is. He seems to have a level head on his shoulders, and he has good roots at home, so I believe he won’t have any dumb off the field incidents.

  • Mark from Section 122

    Just to set the record straight, yes, it was my # in high school, and college, and for the police/fire games. When I started playing HS ball in 1973, I was a Raider fan, not the current rabid, insane foaming at the mouth variety I have become now, but the Raiders were my team. I wanted to play linebacker, and although the 73 Raiders had a few good ones, (Villapiano, Irons)…Dick Butkus was #51, I know he played for the Bears, but come on!

  • Raider Grant

    I appreciate the way Mack wants to get on the field to hit someone & prove he gots what it takes! Nothing wrong with wanting to be the FOOTBALL PLAYER Ray.Ray was either! I very much agree with your comment Mark. Allen & the rest of the staff need to positively contribute in order for The Raiders to succeed! If not I got the feathers Bro! Long Live Raider Nation