As one of Eastern Michigan’s distinguished athletes, Raiders star Maxx Crosby received a distinct honor this week. Also, while many in Raider Nation detest Colin Kaepernick, he revealed a little insight recently. In particular, what happened after his workout with the Silver and Black last year.
By now, Crosby just keeps raking in the rewards and accomplishments. The two-time Pro Bowler was enshrined as the 53rd player in his school’s Ring of Honor (h/t Levi Edwards). As one of the most heralded football prospects to come out of their program, it only makes sense for Crosby to receive this honor. His former coach, Chris Creighton, holds Crosby in high esteem and shared some personal insights this week.
“He [Crosby] has been on an incredible journey the past few years and sharing that journey both on field and off field with our guys was powerful. We are so proud of him and the positive impact he is making on so many lives. This was awesome.”
As the premier defensive standout for the Raiders, these accolades are well deserved. Now, offseason ceremonies aside, there’s much pressure on Crosby to deliver once again in 2023. Coming off a 12.5-sack campaign in ’22, we can only expect Maxx Crosby to build off this success with Chandler Jones back and Tyree Wilson now in tow.
Can you imagine Colin Kaepernick on the Raiders?
Taking into account what’s happened to the Raiders over the course of the last year or so, Kaepernick might’ve quantified it all. But the organization passed on the former San Francisco 49ers signal-caller. In a recent interview by way of Sports Illustrated, “Kap” revealed a noteworthy tidbit. It’s in regard to what went down following his ill-fated (and ill-timed) workout with the Raiders.
Essentially, Kaepernick has become accustomed to the excuses from NFL teams. They opt to go in another direction and stick with what they have in house rather than take a chance on him.
“With the Raiders’ situation last year, that was Stidham and Nick Mullens. Which, to me, you just compare résumés and capabilities, on top of the workout and the feedback, it’s like, ‘O.K., cool.’”
Looking back, Jarrett Stidham worked out well when he was called upon. Though the season was largely lost by then. Look, the Raiders can never seem to stay away from the drama. Whether it’s players causing drama via social media or external forces, it never ends. Had the Raiders brought in a player that draws such a sharp, politically charged response on board, well, let’s not imagine that.
*Top Photo: Las Vegas Sun/Wade Davenport