The crew covers Raiders news and then turns back time with former Raiders wide receiver Drew Buie. The Silver and Black wideout shares what it was like to be a Raider around the time of the AFL/NFL merger and gives us an insider’s view of players like George Blanda and Fred Biletnikoff.
We start off this week’s episode of The Only Nation Podcast with a look at current Raiders’ news. Tyrell Williams has been placed on the Injured Reserve list and cornerback Prince Amukamara was waived from the roster. Then, we discuss the two trades the Raiders made this past week and introduce an updated Heidi’s High Five.
On the Field with Raiders Legends
We then move onto our interview with Drew Buie, who played for the Raiders from 1969 through 1971. His first season as a pro coincided with Raider legend John Madden’s rookie year as head coach. Buie speaks about his relationship with Madden and how special it was to be a Raider at that time.
Buie later tells us which Raider legend you would want with you in a foxhole. He talks about how he polished his route running by working with and playing alongside Hall of Fame wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff. He shares an amusing story about a fight he was involved in during a game against the Chiefs. Let’s just say, he didn’t use his 4.35 speed to run out there and jump into the fray.
Buie speaks of the legacy that Al Davis left behind and how Mark Davis continues in that tradition. Buie remembers Mark as a ball boy and shares how everyone treated him with respect because of the respect everyone had for Al.
Charge to the Nation
When we asked Drew if he had any closing thoughts, he left us with the following: He said he knows only a little bit about modern technology and social media, so he had no idea that there is such a large amount of die-hard Raiders fans who love the team so much.
He explained what makes up Raider Nation. We were honored to have Drew on our show, and we hope that we were able to bring him a little hope that the Nation is in good hands.
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