Oakland Raiders’ second-year standout has made history at age 24, having made the AP’s All-Pro Team at two separate positions.
Mack made the team at both defensive end and outside linebacker after having 77 tackles and two forced fumbles while also finishing second in the NFL with 15 sacks, five of which came in a road win against the Raiders’ AFC West rival Denver Broncos.
“I do whatever I can to help the team win. I’m a team guy,” said Mack. “Whether it’s dropping in coverage or rushing the passer. I can do either. I think they (voters) saw that.”
Mack was drafted fifth overall out of Buffalo in 2014 and spent all of his rookie season at linebacker, posting 75 tackles with just four sacks in a lost Raiders season that saw coach Dennis Allen fired after an 0-4 start and replaced with Tony Sparano on an interim basis.
Jack Del Rio was hired last offseason and switched Mack to defensive end, and the defense played strongly enough that Oakland improved to 7-9 and is one or two drafts away from being a top contender again.
Needless to say, this honor is just the start of what should be many great honors for Mack in his NFL career.
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