Writer’s Note: The following applies t a vast majority of Raider Fans, but not all of them, we have our share of not-so-knowledgeable fans as well.
Being a citizen of the Raider Nation is like being a part of some exclusive fraternity, anytime we see someone in Raider Gear we are predisposed to say hi, and likely have an impromptu discussion on the state of the Raiders. Weather its the merits of giving up our first round pick for Moss or the state of Kerry Collin’s mind.
Raider fans tend to be among the most knowledgeable fans in the league. We know the history of our team though the good the bad and the ugly. As an aside many of the Niner fans that I know seem to think that their team started in the 80’s with Joe Montana. (Conveniently forgetting how sorry their team was in the 70s.) Sorry for the digression, I am not here to bash other teams or fans. We know our history, hell I cringe at any given replay of the “Immaculate Deception” and I was still in the womb when Frenchy deflected the ball to Franco, and the officials called it a completed pass in violation of the rules at the time, thus depriving Oakland of our chance to derail the 1972 Dolphins. (before you say that they were unbeatable, their win streak was terminated n the 1973 season by the Oakland Raiders.)
With this fondness of history in mind, I recommend to all Raider fans the “Where are they now series” on Raiders.com. Each selection in the series covers both the Hall of Fame Raiders, and the ones who will never be enshrined in the Hall, but forever etched in the hearts of Raider fans. Each one of these men profiled, while no longer on the field, and most no longer employed by the silver and black, are Raiders for life.
Win lose or tie, Raider till I die!