Aug 9, 2013, 11:24 AM PDT
Oakland Raiders kick returner Josh Cribbs is explosive, shifty, and smart on the football field. The same could be said of the lyrics he spits.
Cribbs, 30, is one of the most versatile guys in the NFL. He plays both sides of the ball on special teams, can be used as a wide receiver, and has even rushed the ball. Off the field, he is a musician that can write, produce, edit, and rap.
Cribbs is also an actor, having appeared on the show “Hot in Cleveland” with Betty White, an episode of FX’s popular fantasy football themed comedy, “The League,” with another appearance on the show set for this upcoming season. His first movie role “The Murders of Brandywine Theatre” is in post-production and set to be released in 2014.
The Washington, D.C. native is also a family man. His life experience makes him a solid role model for the younger players on the Raiders.
“As a leader on the team it doesn’t matter if it’s receivers, defensive backs, special teams or whatever. If need be, I’ll fill that void,” Cribbs said. “It’s almost a duty as a veteran receiver, or a veteran on a team regardless, you take on the responsibilities and the duties that you need for your team to be successful.”
Cribbs takes advantage of the Raiders’ new iPad play books as an instructional tool. He often sends direct messages to other players with tips or advice and answers their football questions. He believes that it’s important to give younger players an outlet, so they don’t look bad in front of the coaches when they don’t know something.
Sure, you might see Cribbs acting on TV, making music, or appearing on stage with Cleveland-based rapper Machine Gun Kelly, but he is all about football. He messes around with the other stuff during the offseason. In fact, even when making music as a hobby, football stays on his mind.
Cribbs has worked with several other NFL players that double as musicians on the side. Those players include new 49ers cornerback Eric Wright — who raps, Buccaneers cornerback Brandon McDonald — a singer, and Ravens defensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, who runs a record label called BMajor Music.
After eight seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Cribbs will be making his Oakland Raiders debut on Friday at the Oakland Coliseum. There’s a good chance the Black Hole will be singing the All-Pro kick returner’s praises soon.
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