Pride in your organization is a precious commodity in the NFL. If you've got it, odds are you're successful. You represent the benchmark that all of the bottom feeders in the NFL only wish they could attain. Ages ago, when the league preached toughness and a win-at-all-cost mentality, that team was the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders were a team that personified smash-mouth football, with such luminaries as Jack Tatum and George Atkinson anchoring their defense during the glory years of the 1970s. Those players were able to pass on the wave of success to people like Howie Long and Marcus Allen. Sure the Raiders had an owner who looked like a crypt keeper and loved to thumb his nose at the establishment, even going so far as to testify against the NFL in an anti-trust suit brought against i ...
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