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Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack has just added another accolade to his already impressive career. Today, Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus and his son Matt Butkus presented Mack with the Butkus Award, via the Raiders’ official website.
Mack was a finalist last season for the award and finished second for college football’s Butkus Award in 2013 while he was at the University of Buffalo.
This year’s Butkus Award winner in college is just across the bay, for San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster won.
In regards to Mack, the selection committee had high praise for the 2016 defensive player of the year. “Mack was the most disruptive defender in football in 2016.” They even compared him to a “first-ballot Hall of Famer” and called him “unblockable” as he was the “deciding factor in many Raider victories last season.”
Mack is only entering his fourth season and seems to have won every single defensive award an NFL player could dream of.
Currently, the only thing missing from Mack’s resume is a Super Bowl ring. If he keeps improving at the rate he has since he entered the league, it won’t be long until he is the deciding factor in an Oakland Super Bowl win.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.