Our former Diamond in the Rough punter Marquette King of the Oakland Raiders has always been a humble human being but today he adopted a family and took them shopping for Christmas gifts. He also provided tickets to Sunday’s game against the Broncos.
“I wanted it to happen because I wanted to give back,” said King. “I’m blessed enough to be in the situation I’m in, so I feel like just giving back is the best thing to do.”
The family met King at a local retailer and spent time picking out items they might not have been able to receive otherwise. “I was able to go shopping for Christmas for my kids,” said Lakeysha Fountain. “Marquette King made it possible. We were adopted and my kids have a Christmas.”
The family picked out electronics, household items, clothes, and baby items for Fountain’s granddaughter.
“I didn’t know what I should get or what I should do because I wanted to see them happy,” said Fountain. “Seeing them pick out what they wanted and what I couldn’t get that was enough for me.”
King enjoyed seeing the reactions of the family as they shopped.
“It was fun. They were excited,” said King. “We all had a great time hanging around each other and getting a chance to spend time with each other.”
One of Fountain’s kids, Emoni, is the quarterback for the McClymonds High School football team in Oakland. He had the chance to speak with King about football.
“He was giving me a lot of good advice on what I should do and how to make it where he’s at right now so it was good,” said Emoni. Marquette even put him on the phone with Raiders starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Marquette was able to give back, not many players understand what that means, but he does, and it made the Fountain families day.
“It’s like winning the lotto almost because I’ve never had it happen to us,” said Fountain. “It meant a lot to [the kids too]. I could see smiles. Even though my son is a quarterback and he tries to have that poker face, I could see his eyes just dancing and smiling. So it meant a lot to them.”
King is a true legend in our eyes at NFL Draft Diamonds and we are thankful to see he is giving back to the local community and families in need. King made sure to tell others around him they need to look out for people too.
“It’s important [to give back] because I feel like it’s mandatory to help people. “No matter what you do, who you are, you can always help somebody out.”
Marquette King, your family would be truly impressed with what you did, we at NFL Draft Diamonds would love to commend you for your great deed. Continue to strive for perfection, and keep pounding that ball down the field. Merry Christmas from NFL Draft Diamonds.