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Oakland Raiders: Forgive Us Our Debts, Eldridge Dickey

By Damali Binta Yael On October - 22 - 2009

I entered a computer center on Oct. 21, 2009. The clock was ticking. The computer was slow.

I noticed a man next to me. His work was going smoothly. There was an "hour-glass" turning, round and round on his screen. His computer was fine.

The man and I started talking. He is a historian. He is the cousin of Eldridge Dickey, a man drafted as quarterback with the Oakland Raiders.

"Eldridge Dickey," I asked the man, "Isn't he the first African American quarterback in the NFL?" The cousin answered, Yes.

Immediately, I requested an interview with the man. After all, his account of the life of Eldridge Dickey should certainly have validity and veracity.

He agreed. That interview is forthcoming.

Now, in preparation for the interview, I did what I always do: research.

I admit that I knew about Eldridge Dickey because one of my associates who is a former NFL player said that he was a roommate to Dickey, for awhile when they both played for the Oakland Raiders.

The story has both good and bad episodes. Let's focus on the good.

According to my research, Eldridge Dickey w...

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