I heard back for real from Anita Wheeler who was my favorite Oakland Raider cheerleader in 1975 when I was 11 years old. My favorite player was Fred Biletnikoff, or I say that because I was known as sort of a finesse and possession receiver, at least Dave Perry compared me to the Raiders guy once. And my football career ended after flag football in eighth grade at Terman. Other Raiders of course include Ken Stabler, the fact that they had two consecutive fullbacks from Colgate, Marv Hubbard and Mark Van Eeghan — my neighbor now Nick Peterson was briefly a baseball player for Colgate and apparently my math teacher Fred Holmes went there too and maybe played a little football; George Blanda who was nearly as old as my dad. Dave Dalby who unfortunately suffered from depression perhaps related to concussions and CTE; a linebacker I think number 58 from Nebraska, Monte Johnson I think; he drove a four-wheel-drive; Jack Tatum, the assassin; talons of Skip Thomas who had a custom painted Firebird I think it said “Dr. Death”. Lineman Henry Lawrence from Texas number 70 who had a Cadillac; Gene Upshaw number 63 later the head of the players’ union; Ted Hendricks known as “kick ‘em” And not “Mad the Stork”; Dave Casper “the ghost to the post” from Notre Dame against Baltimore, which I watched from the room of the hotel we were staying at on our vacation in Hawaii. Cliff branch. There was a third receiver for a while Mike Siani I think from Villanova unless I’m confusing him with Phil Vilipiano. Pete The Rooster Banacek who was a short yardage specialist; Phil, was a linebacker maybe from Penn State. Jim Otto 00 who never missed a game. George Buehler a lineman from Stanford— unlike his nephew Forest Bueller he never took a day off either. Which is how he got to Stanford.
Anyhow, that was very sweet of Anita to reply in earnest and also offer up this more recent photograph– she has not lost a step:
and I do not know if she was teasing or seriously offended but I did 30 years later cheat on her with eight 49ers cheerleaders: