The Las Vegas Raiders found a gem in Maxx Crosby.
He was an unheralded defensive end out of Eastern Michigan during the 2019 NFL Draft.
Though he played away from the bright lights of the bigger schools, the Raiders took him in the fourth round.
It was one of the best decisions they’ve made in recent years.
However, Crosby had to battle his demons before becoming one of the best players in his position.
As the NFL Films Twitter account said, “From day three draft pick to All-pro, @CrosbyMaxx’s journey will give you chills. Now 3 years sober, Crosby’s new-found clarity is lifting him to greatness.”
To which Crosby responded, “Blessed Is An Understatement”
Blessed Is An Understatement🦅 https://t.co/pkXlFrqKx4
— 🦅MaddMaxx🦅 (@CrosbyMaxx) September 29, 2023
In March 2020, Crosby checked himself into rehab for alcoholism.
It was after his rookie season, wherein he finished with 47 tackles, ten sacks, and four forced fumbles.
After being sober, he had his best season as a pro in 2022, finishing with 12.5 sacks and 89 tackles.
It was a fantastic output after signing a four-year, $98 million contract extension during that offseason.
He has become a two-time Pro Bowler and a one-time All-Pro member since he defeated addiction.
At 26, Crosby has a lot of football left in him.
He is off to a good start in 2023, tallying two sacks, four quarterback hits, and 15 tackles in three games.
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