Los Angeles Raiders tight end Todd Christensen and actor James Garner on the bench during a 25-22 loss to the Cleveland Browns on August 28, 1986 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Photo: Vic Milton, NFL

James Garner, Oakland Raiders Fan, dies at age 86

One of the Oakland Raiders biggest fans has passed away.  James Garner, iconic actor, has died at the age of 86.  Garner is best known for his role as a Private Detective in the TV series, The Rockford Files, and his role as the gambler called Maverick.  One of the more recent starring roles he played was in the movie “The Notebook.”

Garner was a blue-collar person from Norman, Oklahoma.  He is a man who dropped out of High School only to later claim, “I got my diploma in the Army.”  He did too.  During the Korean War, Garner was assigned to the United States Army 5th Regimental Combat Team.  He was wounded twice in battle, and he received two Purple Hearts as a result.  Along with being a patriot for his country, Garner was a huge sports fan of Racing, Golf, and Football.

James Garner was a huge Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders fan, and he could be seen on the sidelines of home games many times throughout the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.  He wore his Silver and Black colors proudly, and no one could deny his passion for the game of football.  He was noted for how enthusiastic he was about the Raiders, and he loved to mix it up with the players and fans.

I can recall many great memories from my childhood of my Dad and me sitting down to watch Maverick and The Rockford Files.  It reminds me of just how much influence a man like James Garner had on my life.  He will be missed.

Raider Nation has lost one of its family members, may he rest in peace.  Please send your thoughts and prayers to the family of James Garner (April 7, 1928 to July 19, 2014).

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