Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fan Adrian Ramirez, 8, holds a "Raider for life" license plate before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Silver and Black Gain New Fans

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.

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  • JC Brock

    Congrats on a great story and some great kids. Now it’s another generation and it’s always for life.

  • readjust

    good job teaching the history. chargers have none. But, I would consider his commitment. I don’t want any bandwagon fans that got excited watching the 76 raiders, duh, you ask anyone about that team, and everyone becomes a raider fan. I would give him a minimum five years of rooting and ten home games before classifying him a certified diehard fan. but, good for the nation, I except all fans. even my converted niner exfan wife.

  • Alter Ego

    “coming out” may be a source of pride for you – good luck with that. I will cheer on your son at any parades that he is in. We live in an era of acceptance – I accept him for being born the way he is.

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  • Maninblck

    Very nice story and I would like you to tell Rider Nation about your experience at the stadium in light of the NFL bag changes. I don’t think Raider Nation understands what the NFL has done and when they find out I think they are going to be real mad. Logistically I can’t take my family, it’s to difficult. Let me know and Go Raiders!

  • Bryan Love

    Great story. Nobody ever taught me to be a Raider either… my earliest rememberance of being a Raider fan was playing tecmo bowl when I was no older than around 5 or 6. I remember playing with Bo Jackson and watching all the other teams dive everywhere trying to catch me but Bo Jackson was always awesome enough to get away from them. I next remember collecting football cards, my stepdad Rick at the time had given me a small collection of football cards as a “fatherly” gesture I suppose. I remember trading away all his jerry rice cards, joe montana cards, pretty much every card I could to get Bo Jackson, tim brown or for that matter, ANY Raider card. I remember the mystique that their uniform colors carried… every other team was red, purple, orange, etc. but not the Raiders. No, they were a plague on the field, the black knights… the messengers of death. I always felt like they looked scarier than every other team and I loved it. After all, who doesnt love a good villain? My stepdad got mad at me and put me in the awkward situation of asking for the cards I traded back, but thats a different story, lol. My first jersey? A raiders jersey. My favorite jacket as a kid? A Raiders jacket. First game? Raider game. We shut out the chiefs in the mud bowl :). Whats funny now looking back and having learned the glorious history of the Raiders… nobody ever led me to be a Raider fan. No-one coerced me, fed me bullcrap or pushed me to like the Raiders. I was pushed to like other teams, but never did. It was always this primal gut feeling that this was my home, this was my team, this was where my loyalty lies and it will be everlasting. I have the Raider shield tatted over my heart and Raider Nation tatted on my wrists and it will be emblazoned there until the day that I die and my faith will forever be unwaivering. Whether we are 0-16 or 16-0 I will always love my team and nothing on this planet could ever change that. I am forever a Raider.