Do Senior Oakland Raiders Get The Blues at Onset Of Football Season?

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIAugust 14, 2010

While I was trying to locate a former Oakland Raider for an interview, another senior football player walked several feet near me. A man whom I was talking to and receiving directions from said, "Watch out, lady, because he is mean and he may hurt you. Don't get close to him."

I looked over at the man who was talking to me, and asked, "Who is he?" He answered me but I prefer to keep his name private. I will tell you that the man was a great football player who got injured early in his career. His father was a coach and two of his brothers were outstanding athletes.

The man, though a senior citizen, walked with a bit of a swagger, carrying a bag which may have contained all of his belongings. He was arguing with himself. I guess he had the blues.

Next, I asked the man, called Charlie, how the former Oakland Raider was doing these days. He said that in the past two weeks, he had looked depressed, also adding that the former Raider gets along very well with the other senior football player, who at that time was sitting on a bench at a car wash about 30 feet from us.

Then I wondered to myself: do former Oakland Raiders get the blues and get depressed that their football days are over? Do they regret that their careers have been interrupted, ruptured by trouble, and burdened with injuries from their playing days?

All I can do is wonder. Certainly, there ought to be someone out there who can answer these questions and help these senior players.

Charlie then walked a few feet ahead of me and pointed to a narrow bench. He claimed that a former Oakland Raider sometimes rests on a certain bench at that same car wash. He added that the owner of the car wash, which has since closed down after one of the hurricanes, does not mind that a few of those guys hang out on the property.

He continued with his dramatic story saying that a man on a bicycle stops by to see him at about seven on most mornings to give him food. I asked who this kind man was that fed this former NFL player. He claims it is a man who knows the former NFL player well.

I thought, why that bench? Why this street? Why these observations made by Charlie over the past two weeks?

I took out my blackberry and took a picture of the bench. Who knows? This man called Charlie may be starting one of those urban legends; a story not easily verified. I do not know.

One thing I do know is that since I own property in the small town and since I visit the town on a regular basis, one day I may be able to verify what Charlie told me.

Otherwise, just file this away as another possible urban legend about a senior Oakland Raider.

My question to the readers: Do the senior Oakland Raiders go through a cycle of depression once the football season gets ready to start each year? Do you?

If they do, then this is another reason the Oakland Raiders need to excel. It just may give a boost to those who miss the game in their senior years.

Win more games, Oakland Raiders. It just might help some of the senior and former Oakland Raiders get over "the blues."

And, if you cross paths with someone who needs a good and stable support group during those days they may suffer depression, just lend a helping hand in some way. Be that good Samaritan or put them in touch with one.

Ps. 23

written in collaboration with K. K. 


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