Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.
A full transcript of an interview with Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. on the relationship and the three fights between his late father Ken Norton Sr. and Muhammad Ali:
Q: Muhammad Ali was one of the biggest personalities in the world, not only in sports, and a part of his legacy were the three bouts with your father. What were your thoughts when you heard Friday Ali had passed away? Continue Reading
Ken Norton and Muhammad Ali fought three times, with Ali winning twice. All were extremely close (AP photo)
ALAMEDA _ When Muhammad Ali passed away Friday, the memories came to Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. in a rush.
His first thoughts were of being a 6-year-old kid, sitting in a room at the LaJolla Village Inn with his grandmother. His father, Ken Norton Sr., was fighting Ali at the nearby San Diego Sports Arena on March 31, 1973.
“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Norton said Tuesday in an interview with the Bay Area News Group. “My father didn’t allow me to go to the fights, so we had to sit around and wait for the news to get back to the hotel. We finally got the news that he had won, that he had broke (Ali’s) jaw . . . it was one of the most exciting times of my life.”
It turned out to be a life-changing experience for father and son. Ali and Norton would fight twice more, with each one as close as the split-decision win awarded to Norton in the first bout. Continue Reading
ALAMEDA _ Marvin Hall, a wide receiver and return specialist from Washington, performed well enough on a tryout basis at the team’s rookie minicamp to be signed to a contract Monday, the Raiders announced Monday.
Hall caught 25 passes for 409 yards and one touchdowns over four seasons and had 16 kickoff returns for 357 yards and 12 punt returns for 105 yards.
Marshawn Lynch told Showtime 60 Minutes Sports he wasn’t laying for the Raiders or anyone else.
Marshawn Lynch has made it clear.
No more football. Not even in his hometown for the Raiders.
Lynch came out and stated it for the record on Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports in an interview which will be telecast Tuesday night.
Asked specifically about the Raiders, a team in need of an upgraded running game, Lynch said to host Jon Wertheim, “No, I’m done. I enjoyed my time playing. Now it’s time to watch my cousins do their thing.” Continue Reading
ALAMEDA _ It came as at least a minor surprise when the Raiders determined that Gabe Jackson would switch to the right side following the signing of Kelechi Osemele.
Jackson was exclusively a left guard throughout four years as a starter at Mississippi State and two seasons with the Raiders. Osemele was a left guard as well, but had experience on the right side as a rookie tackle when the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl.
Once the Raiders re-signed Donald Penn and it was clear Osemele wouldn’t be a tackle, Jackson got a call from line coach Mike Tice.
“I mean, coach said he wanted to experiment with it and see which one of us would be comfortable playing it, so that’s what phase we’re in right now,” Jackson said Tuesday following the Raiders’ organized team activity. Continue Reading
Quarterback Derek Carr feels ahead of the game with a second year in the offensive system. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
ALAMEDA _ Team rules concerning the media don’t allow for specific reporting when it comes to plays run in practice, so the end result will suffice _ and Tuesday one play concluded with quarterback Derek Carr in the end zone, having scored a touchdown.
There was hooting and hollering from the defense, coordinator Ken Norton Jr. in particular, and much rejoicing from the offense.
In the middle of it was Carr, doing something he was unable to do a year ago when an undisclosed injury limited him to spectator status until the final off-season workout before training camp.
“We did something in the red zone we haven’t even installed yet but we just checked with it and went with it because we’re already at that point,” Carr said. “Everyone celebrated and it was awesome.”
Carr is in his second year in offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave’s system and is familiar with most of his starters. In his third year with the Raiders, Carr is adding on rather than starting from scratch.
“Having Derek out there for these practices is more than we had last year with his injury, so we’re looking to take advantage of that,” Musgrave said. “He doesn’t have to learn a new language. Two years in the league, two different systems, now he feels like he’s got a grasp of things. He can put his own signature on the system.” Continue Reading
ALAMEDA _ Blocking and tackling are forbidden in off-season NFL practice sessions, but the Raiders were being aggressive enough Tuesday to have three separate scuffles.
The first was between two second-year players, guard Jon Feliciano and defensive tackle Leon Orr. Next up was prize free agent guard Kelechi Osemele and second-round draft pick Jihad Ward, followed by a brief shoving match featuring guard Vadal Alexander an defensive end Damontre Moore.
Coach Jack Del Rio didn’t make a federal cas out of it _ only the Osemele-Ward square-off went on for more than a few seconds _ but he wasn’t happy about it, either. Continue Reading
Second-round draft pick Jihad Ward signed a contract Wednesday with the Raiders, the team announced.
Roster moves announced by the Raiders Monday . . .
ALAMEDA _ The Oakland Raiders have signed the following five undrafted free agents following their participation in the team’s rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis, the club announced Monday. Continue Reading
ALAMEDA _ The Oakland Raiders have signed the following four undrafted free agents, the club announced Thursday and Friday: Continue Reading