Say what you want about the Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley, but you can never question his dedication to the game.
When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Takk McKinley and the commissioner called his name, McKinley was full of emotion. He walked to the stage with a framed picture of his grandmother close to his body.
You could hear Todd McShay on the broadcast complementing McKinley’s motor and toughness, none of which should be questioned by anybody. Over and over again, you could see his point in the picture of his grandmother and say ”This is who we do it for.” If that moment doesn’t give you chills, then you might not be capable of having any kind of feelings.
For those who don’t know the back story, on her death bed, his grandmother told him that she should chase his dreams and go to the NFL. He then made the promise to play Division I and get out of Oakland. While he chased his dreams, she passed away.
McKinley then took his picture with the commissioner and then took the picture with his draft jersey with the picture of his grandmother posted at his feet. McKinley then preceded to make his way towards Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.
There were some words that he said which were bleeped out but those words didn’t come from a bad place. After it was all said and done, he then proceeded to say “Fine me later” in reference to the explicit words that were said on air.
Sanders complemented McKinley on his passion and told him to channel that energy into something positive the nothing can stop him. While McKinley has been solid so far in his career, the sky is still the limit for this young man. If anyone ever questions his passion and motivation to the game, just remember who he does it for.