Reggie McKenzie with Legendary Warren Wells

Damali Binta – Jan 8, 2017

Photo by Wyron Wells

Some games don't turn out like we want them to, but there is always a positive response when retired players show up to cheer the Oakland Raiders to victory. Reggie McKenzie greeted the legendary wide receiver Warren Wells during the Texans/Raiders game on Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Houston, Texas. 

Our team has made tremendous improvements, but there is always room for more improvements. You can expect a series of articles in the future. A team of writers who work with me are inspired to do even more research on the Raiders and to continue to be passionate to cheer them to victory. We are writing a book, and the lead writer is Peter O'Loughlin who has recently shared a manuscript with more than 150 pages completed.

We learn from our challenges and when we remember those victories in the past when the Raiders would overcome their opponents in the fourth quarter, and often in the last few seconds of the game, we know that the team can do it again! Warren Wells, George Blanda, and Darlye Lamonica did it in the past. Our young, talented Raiders will do it in the future.

My sports writing was inspired by the legendary wide receiver Warren Wells. One day he shared wisdom with me in Central Park in Beaumont, Texas.  In summary he emphasized:  "You and I can put our heads together and tell my story and the story of other players from historical black colleges and universities, and the 21 players Mayor Ken Ritter honored years ago from the Golden Triangle (Beaumont, Orange and Port Arthur, Texas)."  He encouraged me to never give up on the writing project.

My prayer is that there will be a happy ending in the book so we are expecting great things in the future. "Just win, Baby" continues to be our theme.

I believe in the Raiders. Do you?

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