Sometimes emotions get the best of you. But who really cares in the case of defensive end Takkarist McKinley, who was drafted No. 26 overall by the Atlanta Falcons in Thursday’s draft.
McKinley was raised by his late grandmother, and he promised her one day he would make it to the NFL. So when he gave NFL Network’s Deion Sanders an interview while holding a framed portrait of his grandma, he gave an emotional speech and accidentally said a certain word that begins with F that you’re not supposed to say on television.
Takk McKinley carried around a portrait of his grandmother tonight.
You have to love this guy. pic.twitter.com/YwuUVdJlRb
— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) April 28, 2017
Takk McKinley fulfilling the promise he made to his grandmother. So freaking awesome. pic.twitter.com/1Yk4UWplQR
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) April 28, 2017
Fine me later! That’s almost as quotable as “Take that for data!”
But seriously, how can you not root for this guy now?
Takkarist McKinley had his draft photo taken with a picture of his grandmother. No you're crying pic.twitter.com/TazPFbWffs
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 28, 2017
McKinley has the potential to add a great deal to a Falcons defense that came into the draft looking to upgrade its pass rush. He was a beast at UCLA, and the only thing potentially holding him back right now is a shoulder injury, which could keep him out through training camp.