Reggie McKenzie's rise through the football ranks is now headed to one of the top positions in the game.
Starting at Austin-East High School and continuing through his playing career at Tennessee and a handful of stops as an NFL linebacker before working 18 years in the front office for Green Bay, McKenzie is now going to fill the void left by the legendary Al Davis.
Oakland officially tabbed McKenzie, 48, as its general manager on Friday, giving the organization a new full-time director of personnel after years of leadership from the late Davis, who died in October at age 82.
Citing a source not authorized to speak publicly about the decision, The Associated Press reported that the former Vols standout and two-way star at Austin-East would take over immediately and leave his post with the Packers before the playoffs even begin for the defending champs.
The Raiders will hold a news conference for their new hire on Tuesday with additional details of the move, which should give McKenzie many of the duties in terms of making draft picks and signing players that were long held by Davis.
"Reggie is a tremendous evaluator," Green Bay general manager Ron Wolf told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in November. "He can tell you who can play and who can't play. That's what it's all about. Some can write reports but can't tell you who can play.
"Whatever that is, he has that. He has a feel."
McKenzie has honed that skill for nearly two decades with the Packers, where he was most recently the director of football operations for a team that won a pair of Super Bowls while he was part of the franchise and is contending for another this year.
It was certainly built on the field as well, with the Raiders using a 10th-round pick in 1985 on McKenzie after his career with the Vols ended and making him a starter right away as he earned all-rookie honors on defense.