Marcel Reece earns first Pro Bowl victory

Fullback Marcel Reece represented the Oakland Raiders at the NFL Pro Bowl for the third-straight year, though this time it was held in Phoenix instead of Hawaii.

Earlier in the week, Reece was drafted to “Team Irvin”, ran by Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin.

As has become his tradition, Reece proudly rolled his Pro Bowl jersey up for warm ups and donned his “Al” shirt in honor of the legendary Raiders owner that gave him a chance to breakout in the NFL.

“It means the world to me,” Reece said after the game. “After Pops (Al) passed away, I said that I would dedicate the rest of my career to him and will always try and make him proud. You know, it’s time for us to turn this organization around and get some wins and be champions again. I’ll always remember him and I’ll always keep him close to me and whenever I’m playing, he’s always with me.”

In a game with little contact or defense, the Raiders veteran didn’t receive a touch in the first half despite his team scoring 19 points to be down 20-19 at the half.

Reece finally got his hands on the ball early in the third quarter, making the most of it by taking a short pass down the right side for a 30-yard gain. Reece knew he wouldn’t get many chances, so tried to make the most of his one catch.

“It felt good,” Reece said of the reception. “I knew I wasn’t going to get too many opportunities based on the week in practice, so when I got one, I was going to try and make it count.”

That would be Reece’s only touch of the game, finishing with just one catch for 30 yards.

But Reece was all smiles after the game, noting that it was his first Pro Bowl victory, but also noted that the team made it harder than it needed to be.

““Finally got my first win in the Pro Bowl, so that’s always good,” Reece said. “We made it hard on ourselves by not giving me the ball (laughing). But we ended up on top, so it’s always good.”

It was a hard-fought victory for Team Irvin who came from behind to score a touchdown with a little over three minutes left to take the 32-28 lead.

Team Carter drove back down the field looking to take the retake the lead, driving all the way into the red zone. From there, Team Irvin’s defense stepped up and forced a fourth and 10, where Andy Dalton’s pass sailed incomplete.

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