OAKLAND -- Former Raiders linebacker Phil Villapiano, who played for Oakland from 1971 through 1979, closed out the 2012 season of lighting the Al Davis Torch, prior to the Raiders' home finale against Kansas City.
A list, then, of all those to light said torch…
Oct. 16 -- John Madden
Oct. 23 -- Jim Otto
Nov. 6 -- Fred Biletnikoff
Nov. 27 -- Jim Plunkett
Dec. 18 -- Clem Daniels
Jan. 1 -- Mark Davis
Aug. 13 -- Reggie McKenzie
Aug. 25 -- Willie Brown
Sept. 12 -- Tom Flores
Sept. 23 -- Marcus Allen
Oct. 21 -- George Atkinson
Nov. 4 -- Cliff Branch
Nov. 18 -- Jon Gruden
Dec. 2 -- Raymond Chester
Dec. 6 -- Hall of Famers w/Carol Davis
Dec. 16 -- Phil Villapiano
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.
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.