Takk McKinley is a UCLA pass rusher who was born in Oakland, raised in Richmond and graduated from Kennedy High School.
But the cartoon-loving, laid-back McKinley was not on display Thursday night during the NFL draft.
RELATED: Teenager takes his grandma to prom
After the Atlanta Falcons picked him in the first round, 26th overall, McKinley took the stage, clutching a picture of his late grandmother Myrtle Collins.
She raised the future star, who never knew his father and whose mother left him when he was 5.
Collins supposed McKinley by collecting water bottles and soda cans.
She died in 2011, seconds after her grandson made her a promise. "She means everything to me. I probably wouldn't be here without here. Just to come this far, where I come from. Born in Oakland and raised in Richmond, California. A lot of people don't make it this far, a lot of people have talent but they don't get the opportunity I have. So I did this for my grandma, I did this for my family. I did this for my city," McKinley said.
RELATED: 90-year-old knits 2000 hates for newborns
McKinley showed some remorse for his use of an expletive in his interview with Falcons media.
McKinley said, "I've probably got fined already."
Coach Dan Quinn said he appreciated the enthusiasm of the young defensive end.
The Falcons tweeted video of McKinley arriving in Atlanta.
Click here for the full ABC News story.