Takkarist McKinley stole the show on Thursday night, thanks to a fiery speech about the impact his grandmother had on his life.
After being selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 26 overall pick, McKinley spoke with Deion Sanders on the NFL Network and showed his passion and energy that allowed him to keep a promise he made to his grandmother on her death bed.
McKinley promised his grandmother, who passed away in 2011 due to heart complications, that he would go on to play Division I football and eventually to the NFL. She passed away 30 seconds later.
On Friday night, McKinley completed that promise and let everyone know how much it meant to him in an amazing speech that included an F-bomb on live TV. And he was really, really fired up.
Roger Goodell fined Takk McKinley before he left the stage for cursing on live TV pic.twitter.com/BQFTVZUHsN
— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) April 28, 2017
“It means everything, man … I made a promise to her,” McKinley said. “Like I said, I was going to go D-I. I was going to get out of Richmond [California]. I was going to get out of Oakland. I was going to live my dream to play in the NFL. And I’m here, man. I completed the promise. That means every f**king thing to me.”
After his slip up, McKinley joked that he’s probably already been fined.
“I probably went on stage and probably said a few curse words and kind of slipped up,” McKinley said, via ESPN.com. “Probably got fined already before I even got my contract.”
If McKinley can bring that passion to the locker room, the Falcons are going to be very happy with the latest addition to their already rapidly improving and young defense.