NAPA -- Yes, Korey Bosworth knew the question was coming. And the Raiders linebacker was ready for it.In fact, the recent signee had a heads up from his uncle."Yeah, he actually called me and he told me that someone might eventually start asking about that," Bosworth said with a laugh. "He said, 'Just be nice when that question finally comes up.'"The question in, ahem, question? Actually, it was more a play in question. One of the more memorable in Raiders franchise history.Monday Night Football. Nov. 30, 1987. The Seattle Kingdome.Bo Jackson had already rumbled 91 yards for a breathtaking score and into the tunnel in the second quarter, so as the then-Los Angeles Raiders lined up deep in Seahawks territory late in the third quarter, Jackson took the handoff from Marc Wilson and went to the left. Two yards, and Brian Bosworth, were all that separated Jackson from another touchdown.No matter. Jackson barreled into Bosworth and barely broke stride on his two-yard TD. And while the story has grown over the two-plus decades that Jackson flattened him -- really, it was not that dramatic -- it remains huge in Raiders lore."We kind of go back and forth about me playing, being out here in Oakland and that happening back in the '80s," the younger Bosworth said. "So he just said, 'As long as that doesn't happen again, we're good.'"Bosworth laughed again.After all, he was all of one year and nine days old when his uncle took on Jackson, who would finish with a then-record 221 yards rushing on 18 carries, at the height of his powers at the goal line. He's grown up hearing all about it, though."Yeah, I did," he said. "I'm kind of biased towards it. If I had to (describe the play) now, I'd say it was a good play by Bo Jackson."After all, he's now a Raider, right?"But being family and everything," Bosworth said with a twinkle in his eye, "it was just a bad angle, you know?"Um, Bo knows. As does the elder Bosworth.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has 247,000 Twitter followers and, given his popularity in the Bay Area, it’s assumed a significant portion stems from this region.
Carr put that megaphone to good use.
Oakland Police sent out an Amber Alert on Saturday hoping to find a young boy gone missing, and Carr retweeted that call for public assistance.
The boy was quickly found after a citizen replied on Twitter and provided information that led to the rescue.
That led an Oakland police officer to credit Carr for helping find the boy.
Carr responded to the news on social media, happy police were able to find a missing child.
@OPDChris great news! Thank you for letting me know they are safe! God bless y'all!— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) January 15, 2017
Injury issues bookended Karl Joseph’s rookie year. The Raiders brought their first-round strong safety along slowly while recovering from ACL surgery, keeping him out of defensive action during 2016’s first two games. He missed four at regular-season’s end with a toe injury.
In the middle he played just fine. Joseph was solid against the run and impactful playing deep, allowing him and veteran Reggie Nelson to remain unpredictable in deep coverage.
Joseph finished the year with 60 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.
That was good enough for recognition on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team, which was released on Tuesday following a vote of the association’s membership.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa were the offensive and defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.