Marquette King willing to be a “zombie” to survive in NFL

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The punter who not long ago was dead man walking in Oakland is willing to make like an extra in The Walking Dead.

Former Raiders, now Broncos, punter Marquette King expressed a willingness to strip his personality from his on-field performances if that’s what it takes to keep his NFL gig. And he made it clear that he would have made those changes in order to placate new Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

“You can’t judge me by what you see on TV or social media, and sadly, a lot of people do that,” King told Jim Trotter of NFL Media. “If those things were an issue, just sit down and tell me. I can be a zombie if you want me to. But everybody knows what they sign up for when they get into professional sports. You know there are going to be ups and downs, and you’ve got to be able to handle them regardless of the situation, with professionalism and a positive attitude.”

But the Raiders didn’t do that, and King now has an axe to grind with the team that cut him loose without giving him a chance to adjust.

“It would have been different if I had a bad year, but I had a good year and I didn’t do anything wrong,” King said. “I didn’t break the law or do any domestic violence or hurt people or disrespect people. I’m looking forward to helping Denver, but I do have a huge chip on my shoulder. It’s going to be fun to play the Raiders twice a year.”

King was looking forward to having fun as a member of the Raiders, and he had a fun idea for breaking the ice with Gruden and new special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia. For Gruden, King bought a box of Snickers. For Bisaccia, a bottle of limoncello.

“They always say Gruden gets intense, and Bisaccia is Italian, so I just tried to find things that would be perfect for them,” King told Trotter.

Little did King know that, like Tommy DeVito, he was showing up to get whacked.

And that’s that.

19 responses to “Marquette King willing to be a “zombie” to survive in NFL

  1. If I was him I’d just keep my head down and punt the ball. No coach wants a punter or kicker who does anything outside of kicking.

  2. I thought he was retiring? I guess once he found out you don’t get paid for retiring he changed his mind.

  3. Im sure hes been told numerous times to tone it down. Dude just doesn’t get it. Now he’s the Donkeys headache. Before you know it they will be sick of his antics. You know, they will be down by 3 touchdowns in the 4th but he will be totally celebrating his 60 yard punt. Maybe 70 since he’s in Denver. Regardless, I’m glad the Raiders cut ties. Only cared about his stats.

  4. Did nothing wrong? You got multiple personal foul penalties called on you! That should never happen to a punter.

  5. I can’t wait for his first game against the Raiders … over or under for 2 unsportsmanlike penalties.

  6. Yep, those are the 2 choices- a look-at-me flag drawing headache or a zombie. Grow up. Having a personality is not the same as being a stench in the nostrils of everyone around you.

  7. You don’t have to be a zombie. Just don’t dance and prance for attention and hurt your team. Be a professional.

  8. You played for one of the greatest franchises EVER and acted like a fool on national TV while costing the team penalties and a game or two in the loss column. Punt the damn ball and get your ass to the sideline! Now you are blaming the Raiders for what you did? Keep your head on a swivel and expect that big hit on yourself, it’s coming sooner than later…

  9. Ray Lewis was probably not a model citizen, but he committed himself to winning football games on Sunday, and ended up playing for one team and getting a super bowl ring. This punter guy doesn’t really seem to care if his team wins on Sunday, so he should probably keep his suitcase packed. You have to remember, winning is the name of the game. I’ll bet this guy has more penalties than all the other punters combined. Maybe he was having a good time going 6-10, but there’s a new sheriff in town. This new guy associates having fun with winning. If you don’t understand that concept, hop on the bus, Gus.

  10. “You can’t judge me by what you see on TV or social media, and sadly, a lot of people do that,” King told Jim Trotter of NFL Media. “If those things were an issue, just sit down and tell me.”

    Mr King, everybody judges you by those things, it’s who you are. It’s an issue!

  11. As a Raider fan I love King, he’s among the best kickers in the league. I sure would have liked to keep him. I’m sure his antics didn’t help his case, but I truly believe, as has been stated, it was a cap type move. They were paying him a lot for a punter when they have other holes to fill, and a big payday likely coming for Mack.

    I think this whole personality clash is overblown. They never met, and clearly Gruden is willing to give a second chance if you look at some of the free agents they brought in. I bet they are willing to pay a 1/3rd of the price and have a little dip in production from their punter. I think that’s the bottom line.

    I sure hate to see King in a Bronco’s uniform, but I wish him the best the 14 weeks we are not playing him. He certainly seems like a great guy that likes having fun, and he is very entertaining. (perhaps not the best thing in the No Fun League) but I would hope that he’d not hold a genuine ill will towards the Raiders that gave him a shot in the league and made him a millionaire.

  12. You don’t have to be a Zombie just a punter who does not need constant attention for celebrating and can punt for less than 3.2 million per year.

    The most attention for “NON Kicking”
    Action since the Grammatical Brothers.

    He must be upset with his paycut and leaving California since I here more about him than any other special teamer this off season.

    Too bad. Great punter.

    Lechler left for more money.

    King Gone for less money.

    Do the math

  13. unfortunately perception is huge these days & if Marquette thinks everyone is against him by saying cruel things about him it is because we see every week the dumb antics on the field and he is perceived as being an arrogant self centred goof ball.

  14. Three 15-yard penalties in 2016 (one in 2017) from you punter????? And then you go mug it up with Talib in the pro bowl mocking Crabtree??????. Anybody else notice not a single teammate responded that this was a bad move? Seem to remember Irvin saying something like don’t let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out. Good riddance to King.

  15. jspyle says:
    April 10, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Three 15-yard penalties in 2016 (one in 2017) from you punter????? And then you go mug it up with Talib in the pro bowl mocking Crabtree??????. Anybody else notice not a single teammate responded that this was a bad move? Seem to remember Irvin saying something like don’t let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out. Good riddance to King.
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    Some of them didnt care for him chopping it up with Talib at Crabtrees expense at the Pro Bowl. King just needs to refocus on football and forget all the past nonsense. If he cant he will be looking for a new team sooner than later.

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