Off the Record (OTR)

King willing to be a “zombie”

The Oakland Raiders recently cut one of the best players at his position in the entire NFL. New coach Jon Gruden apparently didn’t like Marquette King’s personality, and he was let loose.

It most likely had to do with the celebratory dancing after good punts. That and the personal fouls that he accrued over the last couple of years.

King seemed blindsided. Now, the new Denver Broncos punter says he’ll be a “zombie” if that’s what it takes to stay in the NFL.

“You can’t judge me by what you see on TV or social media, and sadly, a lot of people do that,” King said. “If those things were an issue, just sit down and tell me. I can be a zombie if you want me to. But everybody knows what they sign up for when they get into professional sports. You know there are going to be ups and downs, and you’ve got to be able to handle them regardless of the situation, with professionalism and a positive attitude.”

But, Gruden clearly had no interest in having that dialogue with King, and it honestly could end up biting Gruden in the back side.

“It would have been different if I had a bad year, but I had a good year and I didn’t do anything wrong,” King said. “I didn’t break the law or do any domestic violence or hurt people or disrespect people. I’m looking forward to helping Denver, but I do have a huge chip on my shoulder. It’s going to be fun to play the Raiders twice a year.”

King should enjoy some even better numbers cracking away at the ball a mile above sea level for eight games a year. We’ll see if Gruden regrets his decision.

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