The “Kick Squad” officially remains intact.
Monday morning, the Oakland Raiders re-signed veteran long snapper Jon Condo, who has spent the past 10 years with the Silver and Black. The return of Condo is a major plus for the team, considering he’s developed quite the rapport with veteran kicker
The trio complete the “Kick Squad,” and it’ll be great to see them return to action for another year. For those familiar with the Raiders, Condo truly needs no introduction, but for the uninitiated, here are five things you should know about No. 59.
He’s an active member in the community.
Midway through the 2016 campaign, Condo was recognized by the league for his commitment to helping members of the military. He was named as a nominee for the NFL’s Salute to Service Award because of his appreciation for the service and support of veterans everywhere. He’s also partnered with the Kaleidoscope After School Program, and the Children’s Hospital and Research Center of Oakland.
Condo is a proud alum of the University of Maryland.
While the Terrapins are no longer in the NCAA March Madness tournament, No. 59 continues to show support on a frequent basis. While attending the school, he played in 50 straight games as the team’s primary long snapper.
He’s a Commitment to Excellence Award winner.
At the end of each season, a member of the Silver and Black is honored with the Commitment to Excellence Award, which recognizes what it means to be a Raider on and off the field. Past recipients feature players like wide receiver Tim Brown, running back Marcus Allen, and cornerback Charles Woodson. Condo was recognized and honored with the award after the 2013 season.
The Raiders long snapper originally played a different position growing up.
Condo grew up in Philipsburg, Pa., and played football at Philipsburg-Osceola High School where he served as one of the team’s linebackers, and was named an All-State linebacker. Condo also dabbled in wrestling as a high school athlete; his senior season he went on to win the PIAA Wrestling AAA classification 275-pound weight limit championship.
Condo is the longest tenured Raider aside from kicker Sebastian Janikowski.
In his rookie season, he played in three games for the Dallas Cowboys, but eventually found himself suiting up in the Silver and Black. Over the course of his 10 seasons with team, Condo has only missed three games out of a total of 160. He’s also made a pair of trips to the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2011.