Meeting an Oakland Raider Legend

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Meeting an Oakland Raider Legend

Article By: Nathan Dorton - CEO & Co-Founder of Phenom Elite

For those of you that don't know me, I have been and always will be, a die hard Oakland Raiders fan. My father literally brought me home from the hospital when I was a baby in one of those cheap inflatable Raiders helmets. I have always been fascinated by pirates and the never say die attitude that is portrayed in historical accounts of them. It always seemed to me that the Raiders had that same type of attitude. They never seemed as an organization to be afraid to go against the grain or let their renegade mindset get overshadowed by the normality of regular human life. 

With that being said, I recently just learned that former Raiders OL Mickey Marvin died. (I'm several months late) He was a scout for them for a long time and I got the chance to meet him when he was scouting at Appalachian State when I was a player. 

We met my freshman year when I was walking to a meeting and super large human had a Raiders shirt on. He was walking with our Head Coach, Coach Moore and I had no idea who he was. I said "hey man, nice Raiders shirt!" And I then I came to my senses and quickly realized who he was and what he was doing in our meeting rooms. Mickey was surprised someone of my age knew who he was and who his teammates were so many years ago. We talked for a few minutes about the Raiders and I gave him my unexperienced yet confident opinion on QB Bruce Gradkowski at the time. (I obviously compared him to Rich Gannon, who is my favorite QB and greatest player all time of course.) Mickey turned to Coach Moore and said "We've got a real Raider right here, he knows his stuff." It literally made my year.

My sophomore year, Mickey came back and remembered who I was. I was walking past one of the meeting rooms and he was in there by himself watching film. He called me by name and we talked again. Super cool to have talked to a Raider legend that played with Kenny Stabler, Fred Biletnikoff and was on the very first Super Bowl team in 1976-1977. He was a very genuine guy and it was awesome to have spoken with him even for as brief as it was. Rest in Peace Mr. Marvin.

Read More about Mickey below:

Former Tennessee All-American and two-time Super Bowl champion Mickey Marvin died Monday morning after a long battle with ALS. He was 61.

Mr. Marvin was an offensive guard at UT from 1973-76. He earned UPI second-team All-America honors in 1975 and first-team All-SEC honors from 1974-76. Mr. Marvin played on UT's 1974 Liberty Bowl championship team and played in the East-West Shrine Game in 1977.

"Mickey Marvin was a friend to all. In a day where most pro athletes aren't who you want your kids to look up to, Mickey was," Richard Rhodes, sports director at WHKP radio in Marvin's hometown of Hendersonville, N.C., told the Hendersonville Times-News. "He was a true role model and a true friend."

Mr. Marvin was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round with the 112th pick overall of the 1977 NFL draft. He spent 11 years with the Raiders, playing in 120 games and making 108 starts. Mr. Marvin started at right guard on the Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVIII teams and continued working as a scout for the organization after being cut.

Former UT All-American Mickey Marvin played 11 seasons
Former UT All-American Mickey Marvin played 11 seasons with the Oakland Raiders, starting for two Super Bowl championship teams. (Photo: Courtesy of Raiders.com)
Mr. Marvin starred at both Brevard High School and West Henderson High School in Hendersonville.

Mr. Marvin was honored with a scholarship named in his honor last year by the Henderson County Education Foundation. The scholarship is based on need, a positive attitude and sports participation.

"The support from everybody has been outstanding," his son, Jonathan Marvin, who starred at West Henderson before playing at the University of Florida, told the Hendersonville Lightning last July. "It means so much to myself, my mom, my sister, to dad. This has blossomed into something great. To be able to reach out to four schools, four different athletes every year is going to be a great legacy to leave."

Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Hendersonville is handling the arrangements. A funeral date and time have not been announced yet.