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'Vontae Mack no matter what' memes flood Twitter on NFL Draft Day 2022

Joshua Rogers April 28, 2022
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‘Vontae Mack no matter what’ memes flooded Twitter on Thursday (28 April) ahead of the much anticipated 2022 NFL Draft.

The 2022 NFL Draft takes place in Las Vegas tonight with the best college football players taking the first steps towards their professional careers in the NFL.

Aidan Hutchinson and Travon Walker will likely battle it out for No. 1 overall pick, although there is no consensus top prospect like last year when the Jaguars selected Trevor Lawrence.

You can already feel the buzz around the draft on social media, and plenty of ‘Vontae Mack no matter what’ memes have already flooded Twitter. Here’s what it means and what people are saying.

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What is the meaning of ‘Vontae Mack no matter what’?

‘Vontae Mack no matter what’ comes from the 2014 film Draft Day, which follows Sonny Weaver (played by Kevin Costner), a fictional Cleveland Browns GM on the first day of the NFL Draft.

In the film, Weaver has a strong desire to draft Vontae Mack (played by Chadwick Boseman), a linebacker prospect who played for Ohio State University. However, in wanting to select Mack, Weaver is risking his job as it’s going against what the team owner and coach wants.

On the night of the draft, Weaver picks Vontae Mack without telling anyone, which causes huge tensions amonst the organization. However, Weaver also makes several shrewd manoeuvres and manages to bring in many other talented players, ushering in a new era of the Cleveland Browns with Mack at the helm.

At the end we see that Weaver had always pushed for Mack, writing a Post-It note to himself with the words: ‘Vontae Mack no matter what.’

He ultimately knew what he wanted, as well as what was best for the organization, and managed to come through when everyone doubted him.

‘Vontae Mack no matter what’ memes flood Twitter

With the 2022 NFL Draft now here, fans are sharing their excitement on social media. Many people shared Vontae Mack no matter what’ memes in homage to the film, as well as offering advice to those involved to go with their gut.

Browns honored Boseman after his tragic death

Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and tragically died on 28 August 2020 aged 43. After his passing, the Cleveland Browns, who drafted Boseman’s character Vontae Mack in the film Draft Day, posted a poignant message.

Fittingly, they wrote: ‘Vontae Mack no matter what’ followed by a broken heart emoji.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.