Look and See: Run Oakland Raiders, Run!

While shopping at a large grocery store, I saw a children's book titled "Dick and Jane."

It reminded me of a primary reader in the early years. It also reminded me of the basic qualities that some of the senior Oakland Raiders had during their best years in the NFL.

The children's book was called "Look and See, Dick and Jane."

Redundant is what I believed the title to be. For many years, I thought about "looking and seeing." Are they the same? I think not.

When we look, we often turn the eyes toward something. It is obvious which way we will move just by the direction we move our eyes.

Now, consider this action on the football field. If a player is going to "juke" to the left, he may turn his eyes to the left. But a smarter player may shift his eyes to the right or firmly look straight ahead, then move so many degrees, at a certain angle, to trick his opponent.

My friend, the senior Oakland Raider, was excellent at "cut and juke."

Even at 67 years old, he sees whatever is around him, and he is alert like a panther perched for a quick move.

Over the years, I would ask my friend since our college days to "look at me" while I am talking to you. Lately, I have realized during our short visits in a park that he sees what is going on without directing his eyes toward the action.

This quality is a gift.

And, only after much research and questioning him have I discovered that his "peripheral vision" is still superb. This type of vision may be what helped make him an above average NFL player among other strong characteristics.

In addition to speed, this former Oakland Raider had a gift of "looking and seeing."

He had a gift of catching the football, and grasping it with his well-formed hands. The contour of the palm of his hands and the length of his fingers seem just right to take hold of a football.


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