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The Autumn Wind PT.4
Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter
Raider Nation Les Go, Les Go Raider Nation We are, We are Raider Nation Just Win Baby, Just Win Baby, Just Win BabyOAKLAND, CA (BASN)—RAIDER NATION is wearing Black without the Silver this past week another one of the great men who wore Silver and Black traveled north to the heavens to play football on God’s team.
78- Art Shell-Tackle- was not only one of the best tackles in the league he was the National Football League (NFL) First Black coach (Oakland) and that alone should give the Raiders incentive to retire this number. Another HBCU Star from Maryland Eastern Shore, an 8 time pro bowler and three time Super Bowl Champion and was name coach of the year in 1990.
81- Warren Wells – Wide Receiver- drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1964. Warren spent two years in the armed services before the Black and Silver picked him up in 1967. He was the first great Oakland Raider wide out an HBCU Graduate from Texas Southern. Wells set the standard everybody else would follow. Wells started stretching offenses long before anybody else knew what they were doing. The Daryle Lamonica – Wells connection produced many Raider touchdowns. Warren led the league in receiving for three years in a row.
81 Tim Brown- Wide Receiver- how can you deny this Hall of Fame receiver, enough said? The Notre Dame graduate and Heisman Trophy winner continued the tradition of number 81. Al Davis got this one right by drafting him in 1988 and giving him Wells number. He was an intricate part of the Super Bowl Los Angeles team. Brown was a 9 time pro bowler and created havoc on opposing defenses.
82- James Jett- Wide Receiver- Jett was one of the fastest Raiders and played opposite of Tim Brown making it very difficult for defenses to defend. James Jett finished his career with 256 receptions for 4,417 yards and 30 touchdowns, a 17.3 yard per reception average. Jett finished his career as the 8th-leading receiver in Oakland Raiders team history.
83- Ben Davidson- Defensive End- drafted by the NFL Green Bay Packers in 1961 before moving on to the Washington Football Club in 1962-63. The NFL thought he was too small to play a defensive line. The Oakland Raiders did not think so and Davidson became part of the 11 angry men and the rock of the old American Football League. Davidson was an AFL All star for 7 years and 1970 cemented the rivalry with the Kansas City Chiefs. The now famous fight with Chiefs wide receiver Otis Taylor gave Oakland the AFL Western crown by one game and knocked Kansas city out of the play offs. It’s been a war ever since.
83- Ted Hendricks- “The Mad Stork”, Al Davis was crafty giving the number 83 to Hendricks and Ted of course made it right. Hendricks from the Baltimore Colts came to the Green Bay Packers improving their defense. Hendricks would then travel to the new World Football League before joining the Oakland Raiders with fire in his eyes wanting a championship; he did just that and retired after Super Bowl XVIII. Hendricks would also enter the Hall of Fame in 1990.
87- Dave Casper- Tight End- “The Ghost”, is one the best tight ends in Raider history. The Ghost will never be forgotten and the players that have worn this number never seem to come close to Casper’s flair for the game.
88- Raymond Chester – Tight End- Chester was present for the first Raider Super Bowl and returned to Oakland after a stint in Baltimore. Upon his return Casper and Chester made the best one – two punch at that position. Other teams tried to emulate the Oakland Raider system but none have succeeded.
91- Chester McGlockton- Defensive Lineman – Has the record for starting every game which is very difficult for linemen with leg injuries. McGlockton thrived in the Oakland defensive system. He was a 4 time Pro Bowl selection and 3 time All Pro selection. McGlockton helped Stanford head coach David Shaw make the Cardinal defense the best it could be in 2010.
96- Darren Russell- Defensive Tackle- Was known as the Silver and Black sack machine with the average of 10 per year. Many teams double teamed him to keep him away from their quarterback. Although his stint was short in Oakland 1997-2001 he had a massive impact on the defense. Russell was a two time Pro Bowler and All Pro.
99- Sean Jones- Defensive Tackle- one the best sackers in Black and Silver history. 15.5 tho it was short before being moved to Houston and then ending his career in Green Bay. This number has been worn by other players and should be retired; Winston Moss- another great linebacker and now coaches the Green Bay Packers and Warren Sapp from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wore number 99 now employed by the NFL Network.
It is time for the Oakland Raider Football team give thanks to these fine players past and present. After the untimely death of Ben Davidson this past week it seems more imperative that this happens soon.
A SALUTE TO RAIDER NATION ICE CUBE
Raider Nation Les Go Les Go Raider Nation Les Go Les Go Raider Nation, Are u ready for some football?
U aint ready for the football!
U aint ready for them Oakland Raiders, Its the invasion of them Oakland RaidersAre u ready for this football, u aint ready for this football. (ahhh) Here we come baby, just win baby Feel the storm of the cold autumn wind baby Its the Oakland Raiders get cha mouthpiece U in tha black hole with tha black beast The same black gold, This is black silver Commit-Ment to excellence We deliver And we’ll play past regulation Its the invasion of the raider nation Raider Nation Les Go Les Go Raider Nation Les Go Les Go Raider Nation, Are u ready for some football?
U aint ready for the football!
U aint ready for them Oakland Raiders, Its the invasion of them Oakland Raiders
Are u ready for this football, u aint ready for this football. (ahhh) The Raider Nation is united, when they see them pirates the fans get excited, The opposition get cryin’ When I hit tha field with my eye patch and my shield The silver & black will attack (are u ready for some football) The silver & black will attack (are u ready for some football) Raider Nation Les Go Les Go Raider Nation We are We are Raider Nation Just Win Baby
Like to thank Wikipedia and Michael Louis Ingram for the information gathered in this article
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