Darren McFadden: a Commitment to Excellence

Andres SoteloCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2008

The autumn wind is a Raider, and as July has passed and August has approached, so has the emergence of a star of the future in Raiderland.

His swagger is as smooth as a playboy, his talent as high as the clouds that cover our existence, and his destiny as significant as water is to survival of man. Some know him as Dmac, some as Oakland's Run-DMC. His name: Darren McFadden.

11-days deep into training camp, there is only one thing that is certain: Drafting Darren McFadden in April with the fourth-overall pick seems to be as close to a Christmas present Mr. Davis could ever have before December.

His speed? Rare. His attitude? Perfect. His homework? Similar to a student at Harvard Medical School. He's taken Al's slogan to heart: a Commitment to Excellence.

Many are quick to judge a young phenom when he comes into the NFL, and some have raised doubts about Oakland’s RunDMC, even saying he would not have the impact on the Raiders as Adrian Peterson had on the Vikings.

I say to those critics, "What do you think the Raiders expect of thier feature running back? What impact do you speak of?"

If you’re talking of breaking records, then that may be true, due to the fact that he's in a backfield with a three-headed monster ready to let loose on all opposing defenses.(Fargas, McFadden, Bush).

But when I think of a young rookie coming in and making an impact, I think of one thing: helping the team win football games. Adrian Peterson helped his team win three more football games than last season, having them fall short, once again, of the playoffs. In an offense that yearly contributes 1,000-yard rushers.

But the Oakland Raiders and the Raider Nation are expecting one thing and only one thing of Darren McFadden, to help them win football games, whether that means he is running, catching, or just being a decoy.

We don't need him to break records or to make the Pro Bowl. We need him to help create a playoff berth, which I believe he will do.

Come Sept. 8, the whole world will be watching as Darren McFadden keeps an audience of millions in awe over his debut of excellence with nothing less than a spectacular performance. But most importantly, his impact will be...a Raider victory, with many more to come.

I'll end this article with a quote from Coach Kiffin: "I can’t find something to complain about Darren. He brings it every day. The guy is still going to special teams and he is not even involved. He is just sitting in there just learning ball and he is always out here early. He is always out here working. Like I said before I think he would stay out here for four hours if everybody else did and he has to just keep working. He has been wonderful so far."

God Bless America and long live the Raider Nation.