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Raiders Fans In Los Angeles To Rally Again For Team To Move South While the Oakland Raiders are committed to play at the O.co Coliseum for at least another season, fans of the team in Los Angeles are staging another rally supporting the idea of moving the team back to Southern California again.
Raiders sign Charles Woodson for 2015 season The Oakland Raiders signed pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson to a one-year contract extension on Monday, bringing him back for an 18th season in the NFL. The team announced the contract by releasing a picture on Twitter of Woodson signing the deal next to Hall of Fame defensive back Willie Brown. Woodson was eligible to be a free agent in March. He played all 16 games this season and was ...
CRAWFORD | Grantham rejects Raiders, will remain defensive coordinator at Louisville The NFL Network says that the Oakland Raiders have offered Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham a two-year contract to return to the NFL as a defensive coordinator, but the Louisville assistant hasn't yet accepted the deal.
Improving Personnel Critical for Oakland Raiders to Run No-Huddle Offense The Oakland Raiders are either incompetent or ingenious. New head coach Jack Del Rio and his handpicked offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave weren ’t hot coaching candidates and have spotty resumes, but that didn ’t deter a team that hires new coaches every couple of years like clockwork. Fans are obviously hoping that somehow hiring Del Rio, Musgrave and what is likely to be a similarly ...
Oakland Raiders announce hiring of four assistant coaches New Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio still looking for a defensive coordinator; former Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith, a candidate for the Raiders' defensive coordinator post, likely to take season off, according to ESPN.
Raiders bringing Woodson back for one more season — his 18th Oakland Raiders, Charles Woodson sign one-year contract extension, meaning the safety will return for his 18th NFL season.
Oakland Raiders re-sign pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders have signed pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson to a one-year contract. The team announced the move on Monday by releasing a picture of Woodson signing the deal next to Hall of Fame defensive back […]
Raiders hit with new suit by ex-cheerleader over wages A former Oakland Raiders cheerleader frustrated over a proposed $1.25 million settlement over alleged wage violations filed her own class-action lawsuit and added another allegation, saying cheerleaders were denied promised media opportunities. The suit also says cheerleaders were forced to “ignore lingering and painful injuries during rehearsals and games for fear of being 'benched’ or fined ...
Pat Sims unlikely to be back with Raiders ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders don’t expect to make dramatic changes to their roster like they did each of the past two seasons. However, one player who likely won’t be back in Oakland is defensive tackle Pat Sims. The 29-year-old Sims played well down the stretch in 2013, but his playing time and production dropped off dramatically in 2014. A former third-round pick by Cincinnati, Sims ...
Raiders Extend Charles Woodson For 2015 The Oakland Raiders signed pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson to a one-year contract extension on Monday, bringing him back for an 18th season in the NFL.
The man they called "Tooz'' was the No. 1 pick in 1973, going to the Houston Oilers out of the University of Tampa. But that's not what the 6-foot-8, 282-pound defensive end is remembered for. His legacy was that of a brawling, incorrigible miscreant who occasionally played hard but always partied harder. It was inevitable that Matuszak ended up with the Raiders, where he spent the final six years of his career (1976-81), because Oakland by then had become a halfway house for the NFL's unrepentant, rowdier crowd.
Matuszak was born in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in 1950 and was always big for his age, which became an advantage as a defensive lineman in football. When he eventually turned pro, he stood 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 meters) and weighed over 280 pounds (127 kilograms). He attended the University of Tampa where he was the star of their football team. (Incidentally, the football program at the University of Tampa ended after the 1974 season.)
Matuszak, drafted by the Houston Oilers of the NFL, was the first draft pick of 1973. In addition to his contract with the Oilers, he joined the Houston Texans of the World Football League, but never played because of a restraining order that barred him from playing for two teams at the same time. The Oilers, displeased that he tried joining the WFL, traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs where he played until 1975. Then he found himself with the Raiders in 1976. He helped the Raiders win two Super Bowls (XI and XV) before retiring after the 1981 season. He played a total of 123 games in nine seasons of professional football.
His football career was often overshadowed by his even more famous (or infamous) partying and seemingly endless use of drugs. In his autobiography, he stated that he took many painkillers as well as other narcotics while playing professional football. Because of this, an article written for Sports Illustrated's website in January 2005 named him one of the top five all-time "bad boys" of the NFL.
During his playing career, Matuszak is said to have enjoyed what he considered the "breakfast of champions,'' a vodka and valium combination that can not be found on any Wheaties box. Before the Raiders played the Eagles in Super Bowl XV, Matuszak was quoted saying he was going to see to it that none of his teammates strayed too far from the team hotel, thereby risking a curfew violation.
"I'm going to see that there's no funny business,'' he said. "I've had enough parties for 20 people's lifetimes. I've grown up. I'll keep our young fellows out of trouble. If any players want to stray, they gotta go through Ol' Tooz.''
The only problem? The next night Matuszak was caught partying until at least 3 a.m. and was slapped with a $1,000 fine for his indiscretion.
After his playing days ended in 1981, Matuszak went on to a fairly successful career in movies, generally playing a version of himself.
Matuszak became a fairly successful actor in the 1980s, making appearances in movies and on television, often portraying football players and gentle giants. His first major role was in the 1979 movie North Dallas Forty as a football player. He appeared in the movies Caveman (1981) and The Ice Pirates (1984), but is frequently remembered as Sloth in The Goonies (1985). He had numerous guest appearances in popular TV shows such as M*A*S*H, The Dukes of Hazzard, Hunter, The A-Team, and Miami Vice.
His autobiography, Cruisin' with the Tooz, written with Steve Delsohn was published in 1987. John Matuszak died of heart failure in Hollywood, California at age 38. His early death has been blamed on his extreme lifestyle, including the possible use of anabolic steroids.
He died in 1989, of heart failure, at age 38.