Westwood High hosted an NFL Draft party in Fort Pierce, Fla. in honor of its famous alumni. A large crowd gathered to watch linebacker Khalil Mack get selected No. 5 overall by the Raiders.
Mack was in New York City that night and Oakland the next day in order to start his professional career off right.
On Monday, Mack’s hometown, a city of 42,000 on Florida’s eastern coast, honored him in person. Fort Pierce leadership awarded Mack the key to the city by the Fort Pierce City Commission. The special tribute took place at City Hall.
As usual, Mack was humbled by the proceedings.
“I am honored and humbled and it makes me want to work that much harder that the city of Fort Pierce is counting on me to do great things,” Mack told the Fort Pierce Tribune. “With great reward comes great responsibility, but knowing the type of person I am and the kind of leadership I had from my parents and grandparents and teachers and the standard they had, it makes it easier to follow those same values and keep believing in God.
“That’s what I love — faith and football. I’m blessed. This is surreal. I never thought I would able to do anything like this. I never thought football would be able to do this for me.”