Las Vegas Raiders’ Josh Jacobs honors father Marty, has
‘pops’ written on his eyeblack as he is playing today for his dad who had heart
surgery. Despite spending the last week in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his father, the
running back is playing Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jacobs said that his ‘pops’ wanted him to play and will be
watching from his hospital bed. As a result, Jacobs booked a private jet and
flew back on Friday night to Las Vegas to prepare for Saturday’s game. On
Tuesday, Jacob’s six-year-old son Braxton found his grandfather Marty in pain
and called 911, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Marty was then rushed to
the hospital where he had open heart surgery Wednesday and remains in the
intensive care unit (ICU).
Before Week 18, Jacobs is the NFL’s leading rusher with
1,608 yards, ahead of Derrick Henry by 179 yards. Despite the Raiders’ record,
Jacobs could end the season as the NFL’s leading rusher. In addition, Jacobs
had been dealing with hip and oblique injuries throughout the week.
This has been a memorable tournament for Jacobs
individually, the year will be one to forget for the Raiders. In Josh
McDaniels’ first season as coach in Las Vegas, the team plunged to a 6-10
record and is already eliminated from playoff contention going into Saturday’s