Maxx Crosby has come a long way in his personal life and professional career.
The third-year Raiders defensive end got emotional when discussing his first Pro Bowl nod this week after the Raiders’ last-second win over the Browns. As he noted in his postgame interview, he was in rehab for a month in early 2020 while dealing with alcoholism.
“It just brought back memories … I was in rehab almost two years ago and now I’m in the Pro Bowl,” Crosby told reporters. “This is just a blessing, man. I show up and I try to be the best teammate everyday, show my guys that I care.
“This hit home, man. This is special. It makes my family proud, my girl, everybody around me is calling, blowing up my phone. I’m crying like a baby because I know I’ve worked so hard, and it’s starting to pay off.”
Crosby also made note of Raiders defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, whom he described as having a significant positive impact on him in Las Vegas:
“Coach Marinelli, got to say something about him, because he pushes me every day,” Crosby said. “Pushes me every day to be the best player I can be … he just wants to see the best of me. I want to kill him sometimes, he wants to kill me, but he just wants to see the best for me. He knows what I want. I want to be the best in the league and he pushes me to be that guy every day.”
Through 14 games this season, Crosby has been credited with 43 total tackles, eight tackles for loss and 25 quarterback hits.