Category Archives: Oakland Raiders

An Interview with the Raiders Clem Daniels

I am drawn to the AFL for a number of reasons, only one of which is that the football played during those 10 years was cutting-edge and fantastic.  This week I had an opportunity to conduct a long telephone interview with former Oakland Raiders running back, Clem Daniels.  Like the league itself, Clem’s successes on the field are but a contributing factor in what makes him so interesting.  Daniels was raised in Texas, and played his college ball there as well.  He suffered through a single frustrating season with the Dallas Texans, before fate stepped in and took him to Oakland, where he would make his name as an athlete, a businessman, community leader and advocate for social change. read more

AFL Legend Babe Parilli Passes Away

Babe Parilli, a quarterback who had and excellent career in the AFL with the Raiders, Patriots and Jets, after playing his first five seasons in the NFL, passed away today at the age of 87.  The Patriots website posted an article on Parilli.

Former Patriots QB Vito ‘Babe’ Parilli Passed Away

A New AFL Season is Nearly Upon Us

It has not been an easy off-season for fans of the American Football League.  With the equivalent of a sneaking out in the night and leaving a note on the pillow, the Chargers moved to Los Angeles after 56 years in San Diego.  Shortly thereafter, the Raiders announced that they will be moving to Las Vegas for the 2019 season.  Some of our favorites left us for the great sideline in the sky, most recently 10-year AFL player and Super Bowl III winner, Larry Grantham. read more

Ben Davidson Scares the Boogeyman

Here is a little Oakland Raiders fun since we are getting back into the swing of the AFL.  This is a project my son put together for his freshman graphic design class.  I loved it!

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George Blanda Video

George Blanda was one of the great stories of professional football.  Twenty-six years in the AFL & NFL will do that.  But not only did Blanda endure, he succeeded and late in his career, inspired 40-somethings all over the country with his physical exploits while playing against men literally half his age.  While the video above doesn’t necessarily focus strictly on the AFL, Blanda talks about some of his inspirations, and what football meant to him. read more