Some players go through the motions in the Pro Bowl, afraid to get injured in what is a glorified scrimmage. But that's not how Raiders fullback Marcel Reece rolls.
"I want the car," said Reece, who was added to the AFC roster last week. "I'm going to win the car."
The Most Valuable Player of Sunday's game gets the keys to a new Cadillac, but Reece hasn't seen the car and didn't even know what kind of car was awarded.
"I don't care what kind of car it is - it could be a Hot Wheel - I want it," he said. "I am going to do everything I can to win it and make the Raider Nation proud."
Reece is the only representative from the two Bay Area teams, as the 49ers had nine players selected but they all had to pack away the Hawaiian shirts when they made next week's Super Bowl.
There were no Raiders selected, but Reece is replacing fullback Vonta Leach, one of six Baltimore Ravens who won't be going to Honolulu.
"I was bummed for a while because I wanted to beat Leach out," Reece said. "But this is a blessing. It's always fun to play football, especially when you get to hang out and practice with the best players in the league. ... Talking shop."
Reece had 59 carries for 271 yards and caught 52 passes this season, and never complained when since-fired offensive coordinator Greg Knapp forgot about him early and late in the season.
"It's always good to be acknowledged as an elite player in this league," Reece said. "But you know, this is a little bittersweet. Obviously, I would rather be playing next Sunday."
Reece says the Raiders will be a lot better than 4-12 next year, but right now his focus is not on the keys to a winning season.
Raiders' Reece craves Pro Bowl award
San Francisco Chronicle | Jan 27