Oakland Raiders: When Players Are Cut, How Does It Impact Families?

Years ago, a young man who was considered a model athlete had the great fortune of being a first round pick with the Oakland Raiders.

Eldridge Dickey was his name. He attended one of the finest high schools in the Houston Independent School District.

Dickey was so good in high school that some said he was not coachable, according to Ric More who was interviewed on May 8. 

The label did not stick because the entire team at Booker T. Washington High School was outstanding during the era that Dickey was on the roster.

Most accounts of Dickey's life do not recognize the fact that a man can mature and change, even after his life has been impacted by decisions in the NFL. Some of the decisions of the Sixties are the thesis for research in the 21st century.

A man can change. And yes, a nation can change, too.

Pictured with Damali is Prof. Ric More, a historian and researcher. More is not only adept at discussing issues in the NFL during the Sixties, he also has contact with an 88-year-old relative who worked for Lyndon B. Johnson, the leader who did so much for facilitating legislation to promote civil rights.

During the Sixties, civil rights also needed to be promoted in the NFL.

John F. Kennedy started an aspect of the movement, and his life was cut short by the negative forces of those times.

Johnson, who became the 36th President of the United States, led the United States of America to higher levels of integrated and harmonious living in America.

During the years of Johnson, a man that More has researched and who has pictures of hundreds of pieces of Johnson's memorabilia, is a man who also carries memories of what happened to Eldridge Dickey, his second cousin.

Dickey was among many in the Dickey family who was athletic. There was more than one professional football player in the Dickey family. One relative was e...

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