Scott Davis reports on Disney’s Iger Helping the Oakland Raiders In Los Angeles

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Part II: More on Iger the NFL, the Raiders, and Chargers in Los Angeles…

Continued…Iger shared information a number of related topics including his participation and his ideas specific to how to league should return to the country’s 2nd largest big city market.

Here’s a brief from Iger on exactly why it was that he decided to get more deeply involved with a team or teams moving to LA: “I think it would be great for the community to have an NFL team. It’s high time that we have that. I really was interested in the civic side of this. But I’ve also thought about my life post-Disney and how I would spend my time and my energy. The opportunity to be involved with either an NFL team, or in this case two NFL teams and a stadium project, and using my experience that I’ve obviously gained from Disney over these years to successfully move two teams here, I thought that would be a great next step for me.” Long story short Disney’s is in LA and it would be possibly mutually beneficial for the NFL to be there as well.

Iger was asked what it is that he delivers by being involved in this situation: “When you run the Walt Disney Co., you gain a fair amount of experience in customer-facing businesses, particularly in site-based entertainment. I have a lot of experience in marketing, a lot of experience in selling, particularly tickets to site-based entertainment or movies or whatever. “I have tremendous brand experience. What I do a lot for Disney is manage the great brands of this company, whether it’s Disney, ESPN, ABC, Pixar, Marvel, ‘Star Wars.’ And I’m very engaged in technology and its impact on the consumer, either what experience you deliver for them or how to market and sell to them.”

When pressed on the Carson project specifically: “There’s a tremendous amount of support for Carson. What I’m trying to do is articulate not just the vision for the project itself but the values of Carson and the specific value of two teams moving at once as well as the value of the project itself and the location.”

Iger was the asked about the relevance or importance of Orange County California: “Orange County is a big, important market, and a football market too, particularly for the Chargers. So I think Carson is really well located to attract people both from L.A .County and Orange County and even possibly north San Diego County, particularly on a Sunday, when traffic is less of an issue.”

He went on to speak his thoughts on defines as “repositioning” the brand of the Oakland Raiders: “I think it’s incumbent upon us to make sure it doesn’t scare people away, in how you portray yourself, how you present yourself to the public is one way to do that. And I think with a large new stadium where you have the ability to attract a real diverse fan base, diverse geographically, diverse ethnically and diverse from an age perspective, I think you have a shot at doing that.”

Careful Mr. Iger, that could be taken as a shot at the current fan base that fills the stadium in Alameda county.

Iger went for the safe neutral answer when asked about which NFL he prefers to see in the Los Angeles marketplace: “I’m a big believer in theatricality, so if you’re going to bring the NFL back to a market this big, this important, then do it big. And two is much bigger than one and I really think it would create such a level of excitement and interest in the NFL in Los Angeles that it would do a world of good not just to the league but the teams.”

Perhaps the biggest question other than which teams may make the move is “when”: “I am gaining more and more confidence that the league … believes it is time to move a team or teams to L.A. I feel that they now hear the footsteps, to use a football analogy, and that the league believes it’s good for them to do it now. They’ve debated it and considered it for a long time, and now it’s time.”

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Ten players have worn No. 51 in Raiders history, including a few high-motor guys who really knew how to get to the quarterback. | Scott Davis Raider Football Top Article Picks

by Jerry Knaak

For a total of 100 days, we’ll take a look at the men who have played for the Raiders jersey number by jersey number. This series will highlight some of the greatest players in NFL history. In some cases, the player and jersey number are synonymous. In other cases, the jersey number represents sustained greatness at a particular position. Some players are superstitious about their jersey number. Whatever the case may be, jersey numbers are an important part of the fabric of professional football.

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Ten players have worn No. 51 in Raiders history, including a few high-motor guys who really knew how to get to the quarterback.

Joe Carroll – LB – 1972-73

The Raiders selected Carroll in the 11th round of the 1972 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh. He played in 22 games and recovered one fumble.

Rodrigo Barnes – LB – 1976

After spending time with Dallas, New England and Miami, Barnes played in five games for the Raiders during the 1976 season.

Bob Nelson – LB – 1980-85

Nelson joined the Raiders after two years with Buffalo and one with San Francisco. He played in 46 games with 43 starts for the Raiders and grabbed one interception and recovered one fumble. He was a member of two Raiders Super Bowl championship teams.

Bill Lewis – C/G – 1986-89

The Raiders selected Lewis in the 7th round of the 1986 NFL Draft out of Nebraska. He played in 26 games with 20 starts. He went on to play for the Cardinals and the Patriots.

Keith Browner – LB – 1987

Browner played in one game for the Raiders during the 1987 season. He also played for Tampa Bay, San Francisco and San Diego during his five-year career.

Aaron Wallace – LB/DE – 1990-95

The Raiders selected Wallace in the 2nd round of the 1990 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M. He wore No. 51 from 1990-95, and No. 59 from 1997-98 after sitting out 1996. In all, Wallace played in 102 games with 35 starts and recorded 21 sacks, one forced fumble and six fumble recoveries.

Lance Johnstone – DE – 1996-00, 2006

The Raiders selected Johnstone in the 2nd round of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Temple. He played for the Raiders from 1996-00, the Vikings from 2001-05, and returned to Oakland for one more season. In all, Johnstone played in 87 games with 57 starts and recorded 31 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three touchdowns.

Tim Johnson – LB – 2002-05

Johnson played in 50 games with four starts for the Raiders. He recorded one interception in the regular season in 2004. He blocked a punt that was recovered for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXVII after the 2002 season.

Chris Morris – C/G – 2007-09

The Raiders selected Morris in the 7th round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Michigan State. He wore No. 61 in 2006, and then switched to No. 51. In all, he played in 47 games with 11 starts.

Aaron Curry – LB – 2011-12

Acquired in a trade with the Seahawks, Curry played in 13 games with nine starts and recovered two fumbles, returning one for a touchdown. He added 32 solo tackles and 14 assists.


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100 Days of 100 Jersey Numbers – 22 Oakland Raiders; (Scott Davis LA Raider promotes top writers and articles)

By Bill Knaak

Jersey No. 22 is another number that has been worn by an eclectic group of group of running backs and defensive backs throughout Raiders history. Those who have worn it include a Hall of Famer and the current special teams ace.

Wayne Crow – P/RB/DB – 1960-61

Crow was the Raiders first punter. He played in 28 games and punted 139 times for 5,571 yards and averaged 40.1 yards per punt. In 1961, he set the team record for longest punt with a 77-yarder. That record stood until Shane Lechler boomed an 80-yard punt in 2011. As a running back in 1961, Crow carried the ball 119 times for 490 yards and 2 TDs and caught 17 passes for 105 yards. As a defensive back, he intercepted 4 passes in 1960. In 1961, he completed 6 of 10 pass attempts for 165 yards.

Mel Montalbo – DB – 1962

San Lorenzo, Calif.,-native Mel Montalbo appeared in two games during the 1962 season after playing college football at Utah State.

Louis Guy – DB – 1964

Guy played in 6 games in 1964 for the AFL’s Raiders after spending 1963 with the NFL’s New York Giants.

Larry Todd – RB – 1965-70

Todd played in 57 games for the Raiders and carried the ball 138 times for 625 yards and 5 TDs. He caught 51 passes for 522 yards and 2 TDs. He also returned 25 kickoffs for 584 yards.

Jimmy Warren – DB – 1977

Warren joined the Raiders in 1970 after two seasons with San Diego and four with Miami. He returned to the Raiders for 2 games in 1977 and wore No. 22. In all, he played in 57 games for the Raiders and picked off 7 passes and chalked up 198 return yards. He returned 2 of those INTs for scores.

Arthur Whittington – RB – 1978-81

Whittington played in 56 games with 20 starts and ran the ball 441 times for 1,577 yards and 13 TDs. He caught 84 passes for 764 yards and 2 TDs. He returned 74 kickoffs for 1,474 yards and 1 TD.

Mike Haynes – CB – 1983-89

Haynes (pictured) was acquired during the 1983 season in a trade with the New England Patriots. He played in 87 games with 72 starts and intercepted 18 passes for 295 yards and 1 TD. He was a member of the Raiders Super Bowl XVIII championship team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997. Haynes is widely regarded as one of the greatest defensive backs to ever play the game.

Roger Craig – RB – 1991

Craig joined the Raiders for one season after 8 with the San Francisco 49ers. He played in 15 games with 13 starts and carried the ball 162 times for 590 yards and 1 TD. He also caught 17 passes for 136 yards. He finished his career with two years in Minnesota.

Harvey Williams – RB – 1994-98

Williams joined the Raiders n 1994 after 3 years with the Kansas City Chiefs. He played in 75 games with 40 starts and carried the ball 804 times for 3,094 yards and 18 TDs. He also caught 165 passes for 1,229 yards and 5 TDs.  His best season came in 1995 when he ran for 1,114 yards and 9 TDs.

Charles Mincy – DB – 1999

Mincy played the final year of a 9-year career with the Raiders. He played in 16 games with 6 starts and recorded 2 interceptions for 23 yards and 1 fumble recovery.

Terrance Shaw – DB – 2002-03

Shaw joined the Raiders after 5 years in San Diego, 1 in Miami and 1 in New England. He played in 32 games with 15 starts and recorded 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery. He finished his career with 1 season in Minnesota.

Renaldo Hill – DB – 2005

Hill joined the Raiders after 4 years with the Cardinals. He played in 16 games with 13 starts and recorded 1 interception. He went on to play for Miami and Denver.

Duane Starks – CB – 2006-07

Starks played in 3 games for the Raiders in 2006 and was released during the 2007 season. Prior to joining the Raiders he played for Baltimore, Arizona and New England.

Justin Miller – CB/KR – 2008-09

Miller split time between the Jets and the Raiders in both 2008 and 2009. As a Raider, he played in 8 games and returned 38 kickoffs for 900 yards and 2 TDs.

Gary Russell – RB – 2009

Russell played in 12 games with 4 starts and caught 12 passes for 96 yards. He also returned 18 kickoffs for 330 yards.

Walter McFadden – CB – 2010

Originally selected by the Raiders in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft, McFadden played in 4 games for the Raiders.

Taiwan Jones – RB/CB/KR – 2011-present

Selected in the 4th round of the 2011 NFL Draft as a running back, Jones converted to cornerback in 2013. He has played in 40 games and has returned 36 kickoffs for 810 yards. In three seasons, Jones carried the ball 27 times for 117 yards and caught 6 passes for 91 yards. He led the Raiders in special teams tackles in 2013. He appeared in one game and suffered a season-ending injury. Jones was placed on Injured Reserve Sept. 11, 2014.

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