A funny thing happened this weekend. For me, being a Raiders fan is just like breathing. I am and always will be faithful to the Silver and Black. I was born that way. My Grandfather was a Raiders fan, and my Mother was a Raiders fan.
Now, my oldest son, Ian (14), became confused after living with his Stepfather for the past six years. Somehow he believed that he was a Chargers fan, because his Stepfather told him he had to be. I didn’t raise my son to be a Chargers fan or a Raiders fan for that matter. I believe that we all have a right to root for the team we love.
Had he actually chosen to be a Chargers fan, I suppose I would have accepted it. Though, it would have been a fight on Sunday when both teams played each other. I asked him why he wanted to be a Chargers fan, and he told me it was due to his Stepfather telling him that he couldn’t cheer for any other team. Especially not the Oakland Raiders.
Well Raiders Faithful, let me tell you how long it took for Ian to tell me he didn’t actually want to be a Chargers fan. In just under three weeks, Ian has shed his lightning bolts and started to wear the Silver and Black. This prompted me to ask, “Why the change of heart?” He said, “I never liked the Chargers. When I watched the history of the Oakland Raiders with you, it made me feel a sense of pride.”
He also went on to tell me how much he likes the song by Ice Cube, “Come and get it.” He continued to tell me that he met Lester Hayes when he played Pop Warner Football in Modesto, CA. He told me that he really liked Lester Hayes attitude and his commitment to what he was doing.
This moment was one that any Raider Nation parent would cherish. I never thought the moment could get better until, my 13-year-old son Colton told me he wanted to be a Raiders fan too. See, Colton, has been a Cowboys fan since he was born. His biological donor was a Cowboys fan, and I think Colton felt a sense of closeness with him when he cheered for the Cowboys.
Again, I am not one to force my football team upon anybody, but I will not deny their request to change teams. Nor will I deny them the love, honor, and pride that I have for the Oakland Raiders. I will provide my children with knowledge and history of the Raiders. So they can remember the Raiders of the past and celebrate the Raiders of the future. This is my gift to Raider Nation, the nurturing of our young to carry the torch of the Nation into the future.