Meeting People Head On 2: Raider Nation

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In 1966, I was drafted by the Oakland Raiders.  I went up to training camp in Santa Rosa, CA and immediately, I was hit with the fact that every single player there was really, really good.  So, to make the team, I had to fight every minute, every day on the field and off.This started pretty much minute one, when I walked into my room, where they had assigned me two veteran players for roommates.  Now, this was about a year-and-a-half after I had received Christ and I was very solid as a Ch … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 1: A Game of Inches

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When I was a boy, my super-athletic brother was my hero.  As a grade-schooler, I would bring in news clippings of him and share them during show and tell, bragging, “This is my big brother!”  So, it was only natural that I set out to be as good of an athlete as he was.By the time that I got into high school, I walked onto the school campus for the first time and one of the football coaches approached me and asked, “Ray, do you think that you’ll ever be as good as your brother was?”  Up til th … [Read more...]


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