Reggie McKenzie might have one of the toughest jobs in all of sports. And now he is being rewarded for it.
The Oakland Raiders announced the former Tennessee linebacker has received a four-year extension to remain the team’s general manager. The announcement was made by Raiders owner Mark Davis at the team’s alumni weekend event.
“Reggie’s contract was up at the end of this year, and we felt was time to reward him for the job that he has done,” Davis said.
McKenzie took over the Raiders’ job in 2012 and has slowly built the team into a contender. While the Raiders haven’t made the playoffs since the 2002 season, they showed signs of promise last year, going 7-9. McKenzie has built his team through the draft, nabbing stars such as former Alabama standout Amari Cooper to pair with young quarterback Derek Carr.
The former Volunteer played at Tennessee from 1981-84 and was also an assistant coach at the school for the 1993 season under head coach Phillip Fulmer. McKenzie’s son, Kahill, currently plays for the Volunteers and tweeted out his support.
“PROUD SON!! Keep doing your thing pops!! RAIDDDDDDDDEEEERRRRRRSSSSSSS,” Kahill tweeted.
Reggie also won a Super Bowl with Raiders. He now will be the general manager through the 2021 NFL Draft.