Originally published on Silver & Black Report on March 9, 2014
Saturday didn't just mark the beginning of the "legal-tampering" period in the NFL but was also a night of celebration for Marcel Reece.
The Raiders fullback was voted for the Commitment to Excellence Award by his teammates and the Raiders celebrated his achievement at the Oakland Aiport Hilton on Saturday night.
Reece joins a list of previous award winners that includes Tim Brown, Jon Condo, Justin Fargas and many more.
Reece took time out of his busy night to talk to Silver & Black Report's Bob Carr and local media about everything from what it means to receive the award to what he wants to see with free agency.
The 28-year-old fullback has repeatedly expressed his appreciation for the late Al Davis by wearing an "Al" shirt under his jersey and takes it as a challenge to represent the Silver & Black the best he can in honor of Mr. Davis.
"I always will," Reece said about wearing the "Al" shirt under his jersey. "He's one man that, at one point in time, believed in me more than I did myself. And that meant a lot to me. He gave me a chance to make my dream, you know. And his son is continuing that and they pretty much put the franchise in my hands and said 'do what you can with it. Lets see what you have' and it's almost a challenge for me and I'm happy for it, I'm grateful for it. I'm blessed."
Reece also didn't hold back when it came to giving his input of what he would like to see happen in free agency. He described his desire for "Raider-ass moves" much like Davis' actions did as a general manager with his "Just Win, Baby" mantra.
"I'll be honest with you, just like I'll be honest with him: I want him to be fearless; I want him to not worry about anybody else, I want him to be fearless," Reece said. "Let's go for it right now, that's one thing that I'm looking forward to. No safe moves, I don't want safe moves. I want smart, calculated, fearless, Raider-ass moves that you don't care about anything else, but just winning, and that's what we want to do. Right now."
You can listen to the full audio from Reece below.