Raiders legend Marcel Reece is returning to the team as a senior advisor to the owner and president.
Back in 2016, when the Raiders released Marcel Reese, Mark Davis said, “When Marcel finishes his playing career, there will always be a spot for him within the Raider organization.”
Reece himself closed his farewell letter to Raiders fans by saying, “This is not good bye, but see you later.”
The Raiders and Reece followed through on that promise four years later.
On Friday, the Raiders announced Reece’s return as a senior advisor to the owner and president.
“In This Role He Will Be Reporting Directly To Myself And Team President Marc Badain,” Davis said in a statement. “Marcel Will Also Help To Develop, Implement And Manage Many Of The Exciting Programs We Have In Store As We Begin A New Era In Las Vegas. Welcome Home Marcel !!!”
Marcel Reece was Pro Bowler and a fan favorite for the Raiders.
Reece was an undrafted free agent in 2008 after playing two seasons as a wide receiver at Washington.
He ended up with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent. They transitioned him to fullback and developed him there until he became a regular starter in 2010.
Reece was a dynamic counterpunch to Darren McFadden, capable of catching passes out of the backfield in addition to his job as a blocker.
When McFadden went down injured in 2012, Reece emerged as a running back option. He amassed 767 yards of total offense while filling in. With an average of 6.9 yards per touch, he was voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time.
Two more Pro Bowl nods would come in 2013 and 2014.
How does a 6-foot-1, 230-pound college wide receiver end up playing running back at a Pro Bowl level in the NFL? Willingness to experiment and perseverance.
Those are the same qualities the Raiders hope Reece brings to the table in his new role.