Remembering Lyle Alzado

May 17, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In the week of the anniversary of his death (May 14, 1992), I thought it would be fitting for those of us in the Raider Nation to remember one of our fallen brothers, Lyle Alzado.
Although he was a man with a myriad of faults, his performance in the silver and black was never one of them, and as much as anyone, he is responsible for me becoming a Raider fan.
On Sunday October 23, 1983, when the NFL was fairly new in the United Kingdom, the featured game of the week was the then Los Angeles Raiders at the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys were 8-0, and the last unbeaten team in the league.
As I watched the Cowboys gallop out—pristine uniforms, Colgate smiles, everyone an All-American-type guy—for the game, I hated them instantly.
Then came the Raiders, led by Alzado. Howie Long, Ted Hendricks, Matt Millen, and Rod Martin followed. They were, if you like, the "anti-Cowboys," looking like rejects from a Hells Angels Chapter. Right then, I knew these were my guy...

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