Marquette King has become one of the NFL's most popular and interesting figures, playing with great joy and expression as the Oakland Raiders' punter.
"I want to be myself to the point to where it makes everybody else want to be theyself," King said. "It's weird. I wonder if some people are always focused on trying to put on a front just to let everybody else know how cool they are and be themselves behind closed door?"
During a preseason game in 2012 against the Dallas Cowboys, an opposing linebacker saw a black punter and figured the play had to be a fake. King laughed and punted the ball 57 yards.
King recently celebrated a 47-yard punt against the Carolina Panthers and dabbed, which was a reference to opposing quarterback Cam Newton. King also did Ray Lewis' squirrel dance this season against the Ravens.
King signed a five-year extension earlier this year, worth $16.5 million in total and $7.75 million in guaranteed money.
King played receiver in college and began kicking almost as a lark.
"Punting's not a bad thing," King insists. "One thing I hate is when people are like, 'I hope I don't see you on the field at all,' and I'm like, 'Well, dang.' It's crazy, man. Sometimes, it'll make me mad, because it's like if I say, 'I hope you don't do your job either.' I mean, punting is not a bad thing at all. It don't mean the offense fails. You can punt the ball, the dude can drop the ball and the offense could get the ball back closer to the goal line."
King thinks to himself how he's the "most swaggiest person in the world" before each of his punts. King describes swag as a combination of how people carry themselves and confidence.
"You get both of those together, then that's where swag is created," he says, adding: "[It's] a way that you can be different, where you can kind of stand out to where it doesn't affect you, because some people can overdo it. I don't feel like I overdo it."