For most players, the Pro Bowl is an opportunity to take a week off, relax in Hawaii, and enjoy playing a game with the NFL’s best. They could care less who wins or loses, or how many stats they pile up.
Not for Raiders fullback Marcel Reece, who is the lone Bay Area representative at the Pro Bowl (the nine 49ers who made it have an appointment in New Orleans next Sunday). Reece is going all-out for the MVP award.
“I want the car,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle, referring to the car that comes with being named MVP. “I’m going to win the car. I don’t care what kind of car it is. It could be a Hot Wheel, I want it. I am going to do everything I can to win it.”
Considering that the Raiders had little to play for in 2012, I guess Reece just wants to break out some competitive spirit.
Reece was named as a replacement for Vonta Leach of the Baltimore Ravens. One of the most versatile offensive players in the NFL, played in all 16 games this season for the Raiders and recorded 271 yards on 59 carries as a running back. As a receiver, he caught 52 passes for 496 yards.
The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday at 4 p.m. (PT) and will be broadcast on FOX.