Raider Hall of Famer Inspires Local Teams

Courtesy Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raider Hall-of-Fame player Willie Brown made a surprise appearance at the Alameda-based Pop Warner football team the Alameda Wolverines’ football practice last Tuesday, Aug. 26. Brown, along with representatives of the Oakland Raiders, traveled to the Wolverines’ practice at College of Alameda and invited them to watch the Raiders’ final preseason game last Thursday, Aug. 28, against the Seattle Seahawks at Coliseum. Brown’s appearance was in celebration of USA Football month, which emphasizes the importance of USA Football’s youth initiatives and Heads Up Football, a program that teaches kids the proper fundamentals of tackle football. Brown also gave the Wolverines words of inspiration before the teams started their 2014 season last Sunday, Aug. 31, at Thompson Field. The Wolverines are divided into four teams based on age. The Wolverine Mighty Mite team lost to East Bay East (EBE) Mighty Mite team 24-0, the Wolverine junior peewee team defeated the EBE junior peewee team 12-0, the Alameda peewee team lost to EBE’s peewee team 26-0 and the Wolverine midget team lost to the EBE midget team 36-0. The Wolverines’ next games take place this weekend.