Oakland Raiders: What Would the Ghost of Eldridge Dickey Tell Us?

I entered a computer center on Oct. 21, 2009. The clock was ticking. The computer was slow.

I noticed a man next to me. His work was going smoothly. There was an "hour-glass" turning, round and round on his screen. His computer was fine.

The man and I started talking. He is a historian. He is the cousin of Eldridge Dickey, a man drafted as quarterback with the Oakland Raiders.

"Eldridge Dickey," I asked the man, "Isn't he the first African American quarterback in the NFL?" The cousin answered, "Yes."

Immediately, I requested an interview with the man. After all, his account of the life of Eldridge Dickey should certainly have validity and veracity.

He agreed. That interview is forthcoming.

Now, in preparation for the interview, I did what I always do: research.

I admit that I knew about Eldridge Dickey because one of my associates, who is a former NFL player said that he was a roommate to Dickey  when they both played for the Oakland Raiders.

The story has both good and bad episodes. Let's focus on the good.

According to my research, Eldridge Dickey was unique:

"Oakland Raiders made Eldridge Dickey the 25th player selected in the draft and the first black quarterback chosen in the first round..." 

In my interview with the cousin of Eldridge Dickey, I want to discover the truth about his life and his career with the Oakland Raiders. I have heard through the years that he was disappointed and maybe angered or hurt about some decisions.

One thing is clear: He never played quarterback for the Oakland Raiders.

A powerful inspiration overcame me after meeting Dickey's cousin in a computer center. Perhaps we should reflect on some past decisions in the Oakland Raiders franchise.

Could it be that we should say, "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.?"

Let me sha...

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