As we Raider fans bask in the glory of our return atop the AFC Western Division, the Autumn Winds continue to bring pleasant surprises. The outstanding performance of QB Daunte Culpepper in Sunday's 35-17 win over the Miami Dolphins has earned him the AFC Offensive Player of the Week Award.
I don't believe he was voted the award just for his three rushing and two passing touchdowns. I believe it was his leadership abilities that shown so brightly in Sundays win which earned him the award. As I've stated before, Daunte has a presence on the field that exudes Command and Leadership. He's battle-tested and has much to prove to himself and the NFL. On Sunday Daunte passionately expressed just how rehabilitated his surgically repaired knee is by celebrating after touchdowns and pointing to his knee and giving the "Okay" sign.
Its been a long tough trek Raider fans, since our "Road to the Superbowl" season that ended in such disappointment. But for those of us who've stayed true to our team and committed to our colors, awards like Daunte's show that the light at the end of the tunnel is upon us. We've weathered the storms of darkness, we've survived as NFL castaways lost at sea, light and land have been spotted and we're ready to do what Raiders do. Raid! Pillage! and Plunder!
the Autumn Winds are once again favoring Oakland Football.
Yes my Raider friends and opposing enemies, "The Autumn Wind is A Raider," and the pillaging has just begun.
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