Oakland Raiders: Lift Up Your Helmets and Be Lifted Up in the NFL

Words are powerful. There are words that resound in the minds of men and women when they experience career-threatening or life-threatening experiences. There are words to inspire the Oakland Raiders to rise up and take hold of victory.

There are many ways to experience death. The decline and death of the value of a franchise and of a fine reputation of a team once feared by most teams in the NFL is a slow death.

It is a death that many of us refuse to accept. We seek a resurrection, a revival of those victories and triumphs in the NFL.

Sometimes the words before the demise or death of great men are simple yet powerful.

Here are examples:

Thomas Jefferson--still survives...
~~ John Adams, US President, d. July 4, 1826
(Actually, Jefferson had died earlier that same day.)

This is the last of earth! I am content.
~~ John Quincy Adams, US President, d. February 21, 1848

See in what peace a Christian can die.
~~ Joseph Addison, writer, d. June 17, 1719

That was a great game of golf, fellers.
~~ Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, singer / actor, d. October 14, 1977

I am not the least afraid to die.
~~ Charles Darwin, d. April 19, 1882

My God. What's happened?
~~ Diana (Spencer), Princess of Wales, d. August 31, 1997

I must go in, the fog is rising.
~~ Emily Dickinson, poet, d. 1886

Do you hear the rain? Do you hear the rain?
Minutes before her plane crashed.
~~ Jessica Dubroff, seven-year-old pilot, d. 1996

Another viewpoint is to consider the words that inspire men to rise up and walk toward their destiny and to passionately pursue victory.

There is a story of a man who laid by a pool for 38 years. Opportunities for his restoration would show up, but he never made it to the pool to immerse himself and to be restored. One day he was asked if he desired ...

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