Takkarist McKinley Reveals Best Thing Before Rams Signing

Takkarist McKinley


Takkarist McKinley during the 2020 season with the Falcons.

A 6-foot-2, 250-pound presence came walking inside the Los Angeles Rams locker room on Thursday, September 22 with a smile…and honesty…in tow.

Takkarist McKinley is now on his fourth NFL stop — four destinations since being taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. And his last live appearance saw him leave with a ruptured Achilles tendon in Week 15 of the 2021 season.

Ten months has since passed following the periods of surgery, rehab and awaiting a chance to continue his NFL career. Now, McKinley isn’t just heading to the “Rams House,” but he’s reuniting with the man who helped decide to cut him from the Atlanta Falcons in Raheem Morris. Plus the Rams marks an L.A. homecoming for the edge rusher who became a collegiate star at nearby Westwood with UCLA.

McKinley walked in gleaming while standing in front of his new locker. But he also shared his honesty in his first interview with the L.A. media since his Bruin days…which includes what he believed was the best thing to happen to him before his return to L.A.

What ‘The Best Thing to Happen’ to McKinley Was

Most NFL players, athletes in general, dread the process of thinking about a torn Achilles. All the hours, agony and wonder if they’ll ever be the same mount inside the brain cells.

Surprisingly, “Takk” thinks differently.

“I’ll be honest, I had to grow up,” McKinley told reporters. “In my younger days, I don’t think I took a lot of thing