Selected Oakland Raiders Who Made History as African Americans

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Selected Oakland Raiders Who Made History as African Americans
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This is one day after the last day of Black History Month 2012 in the United States. Several former Oakland Raiders are recognized in this article.

First, Gene Upshaw should be remembered for his outstanding contributions as an Oakland Raider. His career transitioned after his playing days when he became a leader to assist NFL players in gaining retirement benefits and dealing with other career-related issues in the NFL.

Art Shell is to be remembered because he was the first African American coach in modern times to become a head coach in the NFL.

Fritz Pollard is be recognized as the first African American to become a head coach in American football. Recently an organization named in honor of Pollard awarded Al Davis with an award for his contributions to promoting diversity in the NFL.

Eldridge Dickey is recognized as the first African American to be drafted as a quarterback in the NFL. Al Davis is responsible for making history when he selected Dickey as a quarterback for the Oakland Raiders.

Warren Wells made history as an Oakland Raider because his yards/reception average of 26.8 has held a record for many years before the criteria was redefined by the NFL.

Jack Tatum has been recognized for his powerful contributions as an Oakland Raiders. Tatum was such a determined and fierce player that his nickname was "The Assassin."

George Atkinson certainly made history as an Oakland Raider. His legacy can continue through the accomplishments of his twins, who both attend Notre Dame University.

There are others, and the ones selected are simply examples of a fine group of contributors to the history of the Oakland Raiders under the leadership of Mr. Al Davis.

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