Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley won us all over when he was drafted by the Falcons back in April’s NFL Draft after we he carried around a picture of his grandmother on that memorable night.
McKinley’s grandmother, Myrtle Collins, told him on her deathbed in 2011 to pursue his dream of playing football at the Division I level. Now, the defensive end is ready to start his career in the NFL.
McKinley grew up in Richmond, Cali., right near Oakland, in a city known for its tough lifestyle. Some thought McKinley would never make it out of that city, but the Falcons rookie did that and more, and posted a picture to all the haters that doubted him.
Congratulations to McKinley on his new house. Not a bad place to call home for an NFL rookie. Hopefully, McKinley will have a long, successful career in Atlanta and be able to stay in that home for years to come.
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