Some Stuff 04.01.06...

Angry Pope

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Feb 2, 2006
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Here is some history on our beloved Raiders including the ownership history...find your own interest in it.....

The Oakland Raiders became a charter member of the American Football League after the city of Oakland was awarded a franchise on January 30, 1960. The Raiders were the new league's eighth franchise, replacing the Minnesota representatives, who forfeited their AFL franchise upon receiving an expansion franchise (which was then named the Minnesota Vikings) in the established National Football League.At the time, Oakland seemed an unlikely venue for a professional football franchise. The city had not asked for a team, there was no ownership group formed, there was no stadium in Oakland suitable for pro football (the closest stadiums were in Berkeley and San Francisco) and there was already a successful NFL franchise across San Francisco Bay in the San Francisco 49ers. However, the AFL owners selected Oakland after Los Angeles Chargers owner Barron Hilton threatened to forfeit his franchise unless a second team were placed on the West Coast. Hilton also refused to endorse a bid from the city of Atlanta.Upon receiving the franchise, Oakland civic leaders found a number of businesspeople willing to invest in the new team.

A limited partnership was formed to own the team, which included general partners Harvey Binns, Don Blessing, Charles Harney, Ed McGah, Robert Osborne, and Wayne Valley, headed by managing general partner Chet Soda, a local real estate devloper, as well as numerous limited partners. A "name the team" contest was held by a local newspaper, and the winner was the Oakland Señors (After a few weeks of being the butt of local jokes, the owners changed the team's name to "Raiders," which had finished third in the contest). The original team colors were black, gold and white. The now-familar team emblem of a pirate (or "raider") wearing a football hemet was created, reportedly a rendition of actor Randolph Scott. When the University of California refused to let the Raiders play home games at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, they chose Kezar Stadium in San Francisco as their home field.

The team's first regular season home game was played on September 11, 1960, a 37-22 loss to the Houston Oilers. The Raiders finished their first campaign with a 6-8 record, and lost $500,000. Soda dropped out as a partner of the franchiseOn January 17, 1961, Ed McGah, Wayne Valley and Robert Osborne bought out their partners in the ownership of the Raiders. That year the Raiders moved to Candlestick Park and finished 2-12. Total attendance for the season was about 50,000. Valley threatened to move the Raiders elsewhere unless a stadium was built in Oakland. In 1962 the Raiders moved into 18,000-seat Frank Youell Field (later expanded to 22,000 seats), their first home in Oakland. It was a temporary home for the team while the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum was being built. The Raiders finished 1-13 in 1962, losing their first 13 games before winning the season finale, and attendance remained low. After the 1962 season, Valley hired Al Davis, a former assistant coach for the San Diego Chargers, as head coach and general manager.

At 33, Davis was the youngest person in professional football history to hold the positions. Davis changed the team colors to silver and black, primarily because those colors stood out in an era when most people watched football games on black-and-white television sets. Under Davis the Raiders improved to 10-4, and he was named the AFL's Coach of the Year.

In 1966, Davis left the Raiders and became Commissioner of the AFL. Four years later, the club captured the 1967 AFL Championship. With John Rauch as head coach, the Raiders won the 1967 AFL Championship, defeating the Houston Oilers 40-7. The win earned the team a trip to Super Bowl II, where they were beaten 33-14 by Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers.In 1969, John Madden became the team's sixth head coach, and during the 1970s his Raiders' became one of the most successful franchises in the NFL.

In 1970, the AFL-NFL merger took place and the Raiders joined the West Division of the American Football Conference in the newly merged National Football League. The merger left Davis embittered. He envisioned a professional football landscape not unlike that of Major League Baseball, with two independent leagues sharing a common draft and playing a championship game at the end of the season. He felt betrayed by the AFL owners, who jumped at the chance to extinguish the newer league so they could receive NFL franchises. He resented the fact that a "football man," like himself, was subject to the whim of owners whose expertise was far outside the realm of the game. Davis' goal, therefore, was to become an owner himself.

With the merger, the position of AFL Commissioner was no longer needed, and Davis entered into discussions with Valley about returning to the Raiders. Davis returned as part owner of the team, and as the team's third general partner; the partner in charge of football operations.In 1972, with Valley out of the country for several weeks attending the Olympic Games in Munich, Davis' attorneys drafted a revised partnership agreement that gave Davis total control over all of the Raiders' operations. McGah signed the agreement. Under partnership law, by a 2-1 vote of the general partners, the new agreement was thus ratified. Valley was furious when he discovered this, and immediately filed suit to have the new agreement overturned. The courts sided with Davis and McGah. As a result, Valley sold his interest in the team, and Davis---though owning but a small portion of the team---was firmly in charge.

Madden left the Raiders (and coaching) in 1979 to pursue a career as a television football commentator. Madden's replacement, former Raiders quarterback Tom Flores, guided the team to a win in Super Bowl XV.In 1982, the Raiders moved to Los Angeles, California to play their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Los Angeles Raiders won Super Bowl XVIII the following year. In 1987, the Raiders drafted dual-sport athlete Bo Jackson after he originally decided to not play professional football in 1986 (when drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round). Davis's perceived infatuation with Jackson caused a major rift between Davis and star running back Marcus Allen, who eventually left to play for the Kansas City Chiefs.


During the 1989 season, Davis fired head coach Mike Shanahan and replaced him with former Raider lineman Art Shell. Shell was the first African-American head coach of the modern NFL era. Shell led the Raiders to the AFC Championship game in the 1990 season, where they lost a lopsided affair to the Buffalo Bills, 51-3.The team's fortunes faded after the loss. They made two other playoff appearances during the 1990s, and finished higher than 3rd place only three times. This period was marked by the career-ending injury of Bo Jackson in 1990, the failure of troubled quarterback Todd Marinovich, the departure of Marcus Allen in 1993 and the retirement of Hall of Fame defender Howie Long after the 1993 season.

On June 23, 1995, Al Davis signed a letter of intent to move the Raiders back to Oakland. The move was greeted with much public fanfare, and the 1995 season started off well for the team. They started 8-2, but injuries to starting quarterback Jeff Hostetler contributed to a six-game losing streak to end the season, and the Raiders failed to qualify for the playoffs.In 1998, Al Davis strayed away from his habit of hiring a head coach from the team's ranks for only the second time in franchise history when he hired Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Jon Gruden, a young assistant who first worked for the 49ers under head coach Bill Walsh. Under Gruden, the Raiders started to play with a sense of discipline that had been lacking in previous years.The 2000 season, the team's 3rd under Gruden, was the team's most successful in a decade.

Led by veteran quarterback Rich Gannon, the team finished 12-4 and advanced to the AFC Championship, losing 16-3 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.The Raiders acquired all-time leading receiver Jerry Rice prior to the 2001 season. They finished 10-6, but lost their divisional playoff game to the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the controversial "Tuck Game." The game was played in a heavy snow storm, in which an apparent fumble by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was recovered Charles Woodson. The play was reviewed and determined to be an incomplete pass.Shortly after the 2001 season, The Raiders made an unusual move that involved trading Jon Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for cash and future draft picks.

Bill Callahan, former offensive coordinator and offensive line coach of the Raiders during Gruden's tenure, was named head coach. The sudden move came after months of speculation in the media that Al Davis and Gruden had fallen out with each other both personally and on a business level. The Raiders finished the 2002 season with an 11-5 record and clinched the top seed in the playoffs. Gannon was named MVP of the NFL, and the Raiders made their fifth Super Bowl appearance following the season. They lost Super Bowl XXXVII to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, now coached by Gruden.

The Raiders finished the 2003 season, their second year under Callahan, with a record of 4-12 (tied with three other teams for the worst record in the NFL). It was the worst record ever for a team that had played in the Super Bowl the previous season. At a post-game press conference during the season, Callahan berated both his players and the media for the team's poor performance At the end of the 2003 regular season Callahan was fired and replaced by Norv Turner.

The nickname Raider Nation refers to the die hard fans of the team. Members of the Raider Nation are known for arriving to the stadium early, tailgating, dressing up in face masks, and black outfits. The Raider Nation is also known for the its "blackhole", a specific section of the McAfee Coliseum (Sections 103, 104, and 105) frequented by the rowdiest and most fervent fans. The teams's fortunes did not improve in Turner's first year. They finished the 2004-2005 season with a 5-11 record, the team's second consecutive losing campaign. In early 2005 the Raiders acquired Pro Bowl wide receiver Randy Moss via a trade with the Minnesota Vikings

The team will begin the 2005 season without longtime starting quarterback Gannon, who retired due to a neck injury suffered during the 2004 season
Here is a highlight video of the 2002 AFC Championship Game against the Tennessee Titans. Rich Gannon passed for 286 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for another score in leading us past Tennessee 41-24 in that game.

Hit it here....
Here is a highlight video of our 2002 Divisional Playoffs Game win where we forced four turnovers and beat the Jets 30-10.

Press to play.....
Angry Pope... You're tugging at my heart strings. That was a great recap of the Raiders history and deserves some serious REP!!!!!

I loved my Raiders in those days beyond belief. Still do today but we've fallen on hard times. Never give up though -- the Raiders will be back and we'll pillage the National Football League --- as it should be! :D
I attended both 2002 playoff games with many thanks to Kevin Granberry for the access his PSL afforded. Great stuff.
Bones: There are no 4-time Buffalo Bills looming on Art's horizon this time. The Bowl is within reach.
Rupert said:
Bones: There are no 4-time Buffalo Bills looming on Art's horizon this time. The Bowl is within reach.
Don't remind me about that game. It was over almost before it started. Art could have easily gone to the Super Bowl had Bo not gone down in thre Cincinnati game. Waaaaaaaaaaaah. :eek:
good stuff

I can't believe that was only a few years ago... :(
Here is an article about Ted Hendricks.....

Posted on Sun, Apr. 02, 2006


By Mark Emmons
Mercury News

Ted Hendricks is 58 now, living the quiet life of a young retiree in Chicago, mostly spending his time traveling and hitting the celebrity golf circuit.

And to hear him tell it, most of the eccentric stories about him in those hell-raising, carousing, kicking-butt-and-taking-names days of the 1970s and '80s Raiders are just that: stories. Not that there's not an element of truth to some, Hendricks conceded. But they just seem to grow with time.

``They always get exaggerated,'' said Hendricks, who will be inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. ``It's like some big fish story.''

But then you start asking around, and friends confirm one tale after another. Such as how he:

• Rode a horse onto the field at training camp -- in full uniform and helmet, carrying an orange traffic cone as if it were a lance. ``Teddy looked like he was ready for a joust,'' former teammate Phil Villapiano said.

• Showed up at practice one Halloween wearing a pumpkin carved into the shape of a helmet, and once stood on the sideline at a Monday night game wearing a grinning Harlequin mask.

• Wasn't keen on his nickname, the Mad Stork, and preferred to be called Kick-'Em-In-The-Head Ted, after an incident in practice when he . . . well, more on that later.

``Not all those stories were exaggerated,'' said former Raiders coach John Madden. ``He did so many goofy things that it's hard to keep them straight.''

Hendricks earned his place in Canton by revolutionizing the linebacker position with his 6-foot-7 size and knack for being in the right place at the right time. But he also struggled with life after football. Cliche or not, friends say Hendricks' wilder side was tamed with the help of a woman.

Maybe that explains why Hendricks seems inclined to put at least a little distance between the man he is now and the character he was. Asked if he really was that crazy, Hendricks responded with a vague ``Oh, I don't know about that.''

So who exactly was Ted Hendricks?

``Ted,'' Madden said, ``was out there.''

Playing days
• On field or off, it was all a game

Hendricks picked up the Stork moniker at the University of Miami. The middle guard was nicknamed Mad Dog and soon everybody was getting labeled mad-something. Hendricks, with his lanky frame, got saddled with Stork.

``That's the perfect name for him,'' Villapiano said. ``If you look at a stork in a pond, it's got those long, skinny legs and that beak to catch fish. That's what Teddy could do. He would reach over people. He was pretty much unblockable.''

And he was unconventional. Born in Guatemala (his father worked for Pan Am), he graduated 72nd out of 1,400 students from his South Florida high school. He majored in physics at Miami and probably was too smart to be hitting people for a living.

Hendricks also seemed too thin, at 220 pounds, to play in the NFL. But after stints with the Colts and the Packers, Hendricks -- with his devilish, gap-toothed grin -- found his calling in silver and black. It was the era of the Snake (Kenny Stabler), the Assassin (Jack Tatum), the Tooz (John Matuszak) as well as Lyle Alzado and others who studied their playbooks by the jukebox light.

``It is amazing the way people have latched on to our generation of players,'' Hendricks said. ``We certainly were different from the players of this day and age. It seems more like a job for them.''

For Hendricks, football was mostly about fun. Madden called him perhaps the brightest guy ever to play in the NFL, someone who understood the game plan even before it was out of the coaches' mouths.

``But that's also why he'd get bored,'' Madden added. ``So he had to do things to take care of that boredom. I was always big on just being ready to play on Sunday, and then play like hell. He was the epitome of that. He may do something goofy on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. But there was no one more ready to play when the game began.''

He was the perfect Raider -- playing hard on the field and harder off it.

Hendricks once arranged to have the wedding of a favorite barmaid officiated by Raiders defensive tackle Art Thoms.

``It was a beautiful thing and Teddy was the best man,'' Villapiano said. ``Of course Art wasn't ordained, so little do those people know that they're not married -- courtesy of Ted Hendricks.''

He earned his preferred nickname -- which teammates shortened to Kick-'Em -- when he accidentally booted fullback Marv Hubbard in the noggin during practice, knocking him out cold. There were no hard feelings. Later, Madden was about to fine Hendricks for missing a bed check before learning the reason: the linebacker had been on the town consoling Hubbard, who had just been cut.

Villapiano remembered how he, Matuszak, Hendricks and Otis Sistrunk would go to a nearby Hilton after practice. Villapiano and Matuszak, who played on the left side, would order a ``left side'' drink -- a quadruple Chivas on the rocks. Hendricks and Sistrunk would order a ``right side'' drink -- a quadruple Crown Royal on the rocks.

``And then we'd go out from there,'' Villapiano said. ``It was nuts.''

By the time he was done after the 1983 season, Hendricks had played in 215 consecutive games, blocked 25 kicks, recovered 16 fumbles, intercepted 26 passes and played on four Super Bowl winners.

But football was easy compared to life afterward.

Calming down
• Good relationship gets him `in tune'

Hendricks got divorced. There were business failures. He made a living mostly by being Ted Hendricks.

When he went into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in 1990, a newspaper article depicted him as a sad figure, someone who was drinking too much and needed to enter rehab. About that time, it was reported later in ESPN The Magazine, Hendricks awoke one night on a Lake Tahoe ski slope, naked except for one of his Super Bowl rings.

``Thank God,'' Villapiano said, ``he found Linda.''

In a phone interview, Hendricks was reticent to say much about life after football other than that he disagreed with the characterization of him as a lost soul. ``I didn't end up that way,'' he said.

But he credits Linda Babl, a longtime friend who became his girlfriend, for being a positive influence. In the mid-1990s he moved to Chicago, where she was a high school administrator.

``Being isolated up here was a good thing,'' he said. ``I guess it got me more in tune with what was really important in life.''

That's about as introspective as Hendricks will get. But Villapiano said Babl ``reeled in Teddy'' at the right time.

``The Ted Hendricks who would show up for a golf tournament tomorrow is not the Ted Hendricks who would show up 10 years ago,'' Villapiano said. ``He's just as much fun. But he got to a point in life where he decided to refine things a little bit.

``Look, John Matuszak is not with us anymore. Lyle Alzado is not with us anymore. We're glad Ted Hendricks is still with us. We all have a streak in us. You didn't play for the Oakland Raiders unless there was a streak in you. But Teddy controlled his.''

It wasn't always that way. Hendricks recalled the day he took that horse right up to Madden and the rest of the team on the practice field.

``I rode up and said, `OK, Coach, I'm ready,' '' Hendricks said. ``But Madden and the players had no reaction. They already had seen everything.''
From Czarnecki....

The Saints are definitely trading out of the second spot in the draft, and they are looking for a defensive player. ...
Angry Pope said:
From Czarnecki....

The Saints are definitely trading out of the second spot in the draft, and they are looking for a defensive player...
Al Davis is listening....everyday I fell more and more like Al is targeting somebody at number two and he's gonna make it happen...

What/who will it be? I'll tell you on the 29th! ;)
Give the Saints Sappington. He's perfect for them. Perfect I tell you.
From PFW...take it for what it is worth....

Ohio State LB A.J. Hawk’s versatility would fit Oakland’s defense well, and there is a very good chance he’ll be a Raider if he’s available with the seventh overall pick. But we’re hearing that with the quality overall depth at the position in the draft this year, the Raiders would not be upset if they had to wait until the second or middle rounds to address their LB corps.
Lamont a big supporter of women's basketball....

It's a special thing when you find that mixture of youthful exuberance and talent. LaMont Jordan has been around sports his entire life. The former Maryland football player now lines up for the Oakland Raiders, and he's been following Maryland's run closely. He attended the ACC tournament, then cheered on the Terps in Albuquerque and now here in Boston.

"They got this far because of how young they are, how passionate they are, how hard they're willing to work," Jordan said last night, wearing the No. 22 jersey of Doron. "They might be young in age, but those girls play big basketball."
Here are all the HOF'ers and their birthplace. The closest to me are Fouts, Simpson, and St. Clair.....

Hall of Fame Members' Birthplace by State

Alabama (4)

Junious (Buck) Buchanan - Gainesville
Ozzie Newsome - Muscle Shoals
John Stallworth - Tuscaloosa
Bart Starr - Montgomery

Arkansas (4)

Lamar Hunt - El Dorado
Don Hutson - Pine Bluff
Bobby Mitchell - Hot Springs
Joe Perry - Stevens

California (15)

Troy Aikman - West Covina
Marcus Allen - San Diego
Dan Fouts - San Francisco
Frank Gifford - Santa Monica
Mel Hein - Redding
James Lofton - Fort Ord
Hugh McElhenny - Los Angeles
Ron Mix - Los Angeles
Warren Moon - Los Angeles
Anthony Muñoz - Ontario
Pete Rozelle - South Gate
Tex Schramm - San Gabriel
O.J. Simpson - San Francisco
Bob St. Clair - San Francisco
Bill Walsh - Los Angeles

Colorado (1)

Earl (Dutch) Clark - Fowler

Connecticut (2)

Andy Robustelli - Stamford
Ken Strong - West Haven

District of Columbia (2)

Len Ford - Washington, D.C.
Willie Wood - Washington, D.C.

Florida (3)

David (Deacon) Jones - Eatonville
Pete Pihos - Orlando
Jack Youngblood - Jacksonville

Georgia (7)

Mel Blount - Vidalia
Jim Brown - St. Simons
John Hannah - Canton
Larry Little - Groveland
Marion Motley - Leesburg
Jim Parker - Macon
Rayfield Wright - Griffin

Idaho (1)

Larry Wilson - Rigby

Illinois (16)

Charles W. Bidwill, Sr. - Chicago
Dick Butkus - Chicago
Tony Canadeo - Chicago
George Connor - Chicago
John (Paddy) Driscoll - Evanston
Otto Graham - Waukegan
George Halas - Chicago
Marv Levy - Chicago
Mike McCormack - Chicago
George Musso - Collinsville
Ray Nitschke - Elmwood Park
Fritz Pollard - Chicago
Hugh (Shorty) Ray - Highland Park
Hank Stram - Chicago
George Trafton - Chicago
Ron Yary - Chicago

Indiana (2)

Weeb Ewbank - Richmond
Bob Griese - Evansville

Kansas (4)

Jack Christiansen - Sublette
John Riggins - Seneca
Barry Sanders - Wichita
Gale Sayers - Wichita

Kentucky (2)

Paul Hornung - Louisville
George McAfee - Corbin

Louisiana (5)

Terry Bradshaw - Shreveport
Willie Davis - Lisbon
John Henry Johnson - Waterproof
Charlie Joiner - Many
Jim Taylor - Baton Rouge

Massachusetts (5)

Nick Buoniconti - Springfield
Al Davis - Brockton
Ed Healey - Indian Orchard
Howie Long - Somerville
Wayne Millner - Roxbury

Michigan (4)

George Allen - Detroit
Joe DeLamielleure - Detroit
Bill Hewitt - Bay City
Paul Krause - Flint

Minnesota (7)

Dave Casper - Bemidji
Sid Gillman - Minneapolis
Joe Guyon - White Earth Ind Res
Walt Kiesling - St. Paul
Jim Langer - Little Falls
John Madden - Austin
Ernie Nevers - Willow River

Mississippi (7)

Lem Barney - Gulfport
Willie Brown - Yazoo City
Frank (Bruiser) Kinard - Pelahatchie
Walter Payton - Columbia
Billy Shaw - Natchez
Jackie Slater - Jackson
Jackie Smith - Columbia

Missouri (4)

Jimmy Conzelman - St. Louis
Jim Finks - St. Louis
Robert (Cal) Hubbard - Keytesville
Kellen Winslow - St. Louis

Nebraska (2)

Guy Chamberlin - Blue Springs
William Roy (Link) Lyman - Table Rock

New Jersey (5)

Elvin Bethea - Trenton
Lou Creekmur - Hopelawn
Franco Harris - Fort Dix
Jim Ringo - Orange
Alex Wojciechowicz - South River

New Mexico (2)

Ronnie Lott - Albuquerque
Tommy McDonald - Roy

New York (9)

Art Donovan - Bronx
Dan Fortmann - Pearl River
Vince Lombardi - Brooklyn
Sid Luckman - Brooklyn
John Mackey - New York
Tim Mara - New York
Wellington Mara - New York
Dan Reeves - New York
Bob Waterfield - Elmira

North Carolina (5)

Bobby Bell - Shelby
Carl Eller - Winston-Salem
Joe Gibbs - Mocksville
Sonny Jurgensen - Wilmington
Dwight Stephenson - Murfreesboro


Ohio (21)

Cliff Battles - Akron
Bob (Boomer) Brown - Cleveland
Paul Brown - Norwalk
Joe Carr - Columbus
Larry Csonka - Stow
Len Dawson - Alliance
Dan Dierdorf - Canton
Benny Friedman - Cleveland
Lou Groza - Martins Ferry
Wilbur (Pete) Henry - Mansfield
Clarke Hinkle - Toronto
Jack Lambert - Mantua
Dante Lavelli - Hudson
Tom Mack - Cleveland
Mike Michalske - Cleveland
Chuck Noll - Cleveland
Alan Page - Canton
Don Shula - Grand River
Roger Staubach - Cincinnati
Paul Warfield - Warren
Bill Willis - Columbus

Oklahoma (5)

Dan Hampton - Oklahoma City
Steve Largent - Tulsa
Steve Owen - Cleo Springs
Lee Roy Selmon - Eufaula
Jim Thorpe - Prague

Oregon (1)

Dave Wilcox - Ontario

Pennsylvania (26)

Herb Adderley - Philadelphia
Chuck Bednarik - Bethlehem
Bert Bell - Philadelphia
Fred Biletnikoff - Erie
George Blanda - Youngwood
Mike Ditka - Carnegie
Tony Dorsett - Rochester
Bill George - Waynesburg
Harold (Red) Grange - Forksville
Jack Ham - Johnstown
Stan Jones - Altoona
Jim Kelly - Pittsburgh
Leroy Kelly - Philadelphia
Dan Marino - Pittsburgh
Joe Montana - New Eagle
Lenny Moore - Reading
Mike Munchak - Scranton
Joe Namath - Beaver Falls
Art Rooney - Coulterville
Dan Rooney - Pittsburgh
Joe Schmidt - Pittsburgh
Joe Stydahar - Kaylor
Charley Trippi - Pittston
Emlen Tunnell - Bryn Mawr
Johnny Unitas - Pittsburgh
Randy White - Pittsburgh

South Carolina (2)

Harry Carson - Florence
Art Shell - Charleston

South Dakota (1)

Norm Van Brocklin - Eagle Butte

Tennessee (3)

Doug Atkins - Humboldt
Lynn Swann - Alcoa
Reggie White - Chattanooga

Texas (24)

Lance Alworth - Houston
Sammy Baugh - Temple
Raymond Berry - Corpus Christi
Earl Campbell - Tyler
Eric Dickerson - Sealy
Joe Greene - Temple
Forrest Gregg - Birthright
Mike Haynes - Denison
Ken Houston - Lufkin
Jimmy Johnson - Dallas
Tom Landry - Mission
Dick (Night Train) Lane - Austin
Yale Lary - Ft. Worth
Bobby Layne - Santa Anna
Bob Lilly - Olney
Ollie Matson - Trinity
Don Maynard - Crosbyton
Mel Renfro - Houston
Mike Singletary - Houston
Charley Taylor - Grand Prairie
Y.A. Tittle - Marshall
Clyde (Bulldog) Turner - Plains
Gene Upshaw - Robstown
Doak Walker - Dallas

Utah (2)

Merlin Olsen - Logan
Steve Young - Salt Lake City

Virginia (7)

Roosevelt Brown - Charlottesville
Bill Dudley - Bluefield
Henry Jordan - Emporia
Willie Lanier - Clover
Clarence (Ace) Parker - Portsmouth
Fran Tarkenton - Richmond
Lawrence Taylor - Williamsburg

Washington (4)

Morris (Red) Badgro - Orillia
Albert Glen (Turk) Edwards - Mold
John Elway - Port Angeles
Ray Flaherty - Spokane

West Virginia (5)

Frank Gatski - Farmington
Sam Huff - Morgantown
Gino Marchetti - Smithers
George Preston Marshall - Grafton
Earle (Greasy) Neale - Parkersburg

Wisconsin (8)

Bud Grant - Superior
Arnie Herber - Green Bay
Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch - Wausau
Earl (Curly) Lambeau - Green Bay
Alphonse (Tuffy) Leemans - Superior
John (Blood) McNally - New Richmond
Jim Otto - Wausau
Mike Webster - Tomahawk

Other Countries

Bavaria (1)

Ernie Stautner - Prinzing-by-Cham

Canada (2)

Bronko Nagurski - Rainy River, Ontario
Arnie Weinmeister - Rhein, Saskatchewan

Guatemala (1)

Ted Hendricks - Guatemala City

Honduras (1)

Steve Van Buren - La Ceiba

Italy (1)

Leo Nomellini - Lucca

Mexico (1)

Tom Fears - Guadelajara

Norway (1)

Jan Stenerud - Fetsund
Collins may retire...take it for what it is worth..from Schefter...


While attention is focused on Favre, the quarterback most likely to retire is former Oakland Raiders signal caller Kerry Collins.

Those who know Collins say he is seriously considering retirement, and it would not be surprising if he never played another down in the NFL.

Having made the money he has over 12 seasons in Carolina, New Orleans, New York and Oakland, Collins doesn't have the burning desire to play football the way he once might have.

The only team that has spoken with him about the possibility of playing for it this season is the Baltimore Ravens. But the Ravens aren't offering Collins, 33, Collins enough money right now to make it worth his while.

If a more lucrative offer doesn't materialize -- and it doesn't look like it will -- Collins is finished with football.
AP...did I ever tell you I went to school with O.J. Simpson when he was at San Francisco City College?

This was before he went to USC. He was in my gym class although he rarely showed up. Seemed like a nice enough guy in those days. He would run for like 250 yards with 5 TD's for SFCC and then he transferred to USC. Just thought you migt find that interesting.

And BTW, I used to buy 49er tickets in the old days from Bob St. Clair. He ran a liquor store at the time and used to get some tickets.
Angry Pope said:
Collins may retire...take it for what it is worth..from Schefter...
That's interesting.

But it seems to me that he might not have a choice. Nobody seems very interested. Trying to save face Kerry? :p
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