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Raiders, Chargers plan possible shared Los Angeles-area home The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns, the teams said in a joint statement, ...

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Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers might share a stadium The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns, the teams said in a joint statement, adding another layer of complexity to a possible NFL return to the region.

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Chargers, Raiders reveal L.A. plan SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders announced Thursday that they have collaborated on a proposal to build a privately financed, $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, California, that the two teams would share if they relocate to the Los Angeles market. In a joint statement, the Chargers and Raiders said they have been working for many years in their home markets to find stadium ...

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Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers Planning Possible Shared Home In Southern California The statement says the teams have tried for years to find stadium solutions in Oakland and San Diego, and both may be forced to move to remain economically viable.

Bolts, Raiders reveal joint L.A. stadium plan The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders announced Thursday that they have collaborated on a proposal to build a privately financed, $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, California, that the two teams would share if they relocate to the Los Angeles market.

Greg Townsend
 Greg Townsend

Defensive Line

Born 1961

Greg Townsend, an all-conference, all-state and All-American linebacker for the 1979 and 1980 LBCC football teams, transfered to Texas Christian University to play for two seasons.

Known for his defensive ferocity at Texas Christian, Townsend was drafted in the fourth round by the Raiders in the '83 NFL Draft. That year, he was selected the league’s Rookie of the Year.

Townsend spent 12 years in the NFL between 1983-94, with all but one year with the Raiders. He played his final season as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles before making a brief comeback with the Raiders in '97. He stands at No. 11 on the all-time sack list with 109.5. His two finest years were 1991 and 1992 when he was named to the Pro Bowl and was also named All-Pro.

Sack Leader for Oakland Raiders in
1987 with 8.5 sacks
1988 with 11.5 sacks
1989 with 10.5 sacks
1990 with 12.5 sacks
1991 with 13 sacks

Interview with Greg Townsend

Q: Who were some of your favorite teammates when you played?

Greg Townsend: The first guys that really embraced me were my defensive line. Reggie Kinlaw and Lyle Alzado were being the two veterans that they were. I think Reggie had eight years of experience and Lyle with 10 years. You look for the older guys to accept you, and these two accepted me.

Q: Do you still keep in touch with any of your former teammates?

Greg Townsend: I do on occasion. I’ve talked to Jerry Robinson some. I run in to some of my teammates at times. I often run in to Doug Reed from the St. Louis Rams. I don’t keep in touch with anyone on a solid base, but it’s good when I do see my former teammates.

Q: Are there any former teammates of yours, including yourself that should be in the Hall of Fame?

Greg Townsend: The two I named earlier, Reggie Kinlaw and Lyle Alzado. Reggie Kinlaw played in the middle of the defensive line and was responsible for pushing things out and allowing others to make a play. Also if it wasn’t for Jim Plunkett throwing the good passes that he threw in the Super Bowl and if it wasn’t for Rod Martin having the three interceptions in Super Bowl XV, Reggie Kinlaw without a doubt would have been the MVP. I think the same thing would have taken place in Super Bowl XVIII. So whenever you get a chance, take out the film and watch Reggie Kinlaw – he was the “Law Man” of the middle. He should have been All-Pro, Hall of Fame, and everything. This guy was a big, big part of our defense.

Q: What was the most memorable game for you when you played for the Raiders?

Greg Townsend: All of the games I played in were good. The battles with San Diego were good. The battles with Denver were always good as well and even the battles we had with Miami were good. In 1985 we played a game against Denver Broncos in Denver. This game would decide who was going to go to the playoffs that season. We went into overtime, and Denver won the toss. During the first play of overtime, I sacked John Elway, he fumbled, and we recovered the ball. Chris Bahr comes in to kick the field goal, we win the game, and we move on to the playoffs. That had to be the most memorable game for me.

Q: Is there one play that you can remember the most from your career?

Greg Townsend: In 1988 I was able to get in the starting position since Howie Long went down with an injury for part of that year. We played Denver in Oakland, I was in on defense, and John Elway threw me an interception. The best part about it was that John Elway had the angle on me, and I out ran him. Elway was always a really big competitor. Whenever we played against Denver, it always took my energy up a notch. It’s that kind of competition that you look forward to play against in the NFL.

Q: What teams did you like to play against the most?

Greg Townsend: Denver. It was Denver that brought out the best in me. I don’t think there was a game that went by against Denver that I did not have a sack in the game and make it exciting with big plays for our football team. Denver had to be one of the favorite teams I played against.

Q: Can you describe what it was like to play in and win the Super Bowl?

Greg Townsend: Not yet. I still have not been able to describe that feeling, that emotional high, because I haven’t yet reached it again. It’s hard to describe the feeling I had that I’ve only experienced one time. It was the emotion and the unity that you strive for with a team full of guys that you love. I just wish everyone could experience the feeling.

Q: What are your impressions of Raider fans both past and present?

Greg Townsend: They are one of a kind. When someone walks up to you and says they are Raider fans you will not second-guess that person. They have that same persona as the next Raider fan. They seem to be cut out of the same mold. They love the Raider football team, and they will support the team. I like the fact that the Raider women are just as phonetic and love the Raiders just as much. Raider fans are one of a kind, and you know one when you see one.

Q: Can you describe what it was like to play for Coach Tom Flores and Art Shell?

Greg Townsend: Tom Flores showed me that football could be fun again. When you get in the major college ranks, they wanted everything to be done a certain way. Tom showed a simple side – if everyone gets it, we could really have some fun. When Tom played our defenses in games, we had about four: Pass, run, prevents, and blitz. This worked, it was simple, and we knew how to make it work. Art Shell showed me the same thing. For guys like Flores and Shell, who played the game at this level, really pays off big dividends. If you can reach the masses, guys have respect for you due to you playing at this level. When Flores and Shell spoke, no one questioned. These guys knew what the players were thinking and what you were going through, and they knew it could be done.

Q: Can you compare today’s game with your game day experience?

Greg Townsend: Without a doubt, the earlier days were about being the tough guy who could play hurt, play for 4 quarters, never had to leave the field. Then, it was like an iron man contest of who could do it all. Today’s players are more or less like bachelors – who can catch a pass on the run, who can take a hand-off in the backfield. The guys are now specialist and have something to offer but not the whole, complete package.

Q: What does it mean to be a Raider?

Greg Townsend: When I started trying out for combines and things, the Raiders were never around. Kansas City was expressing interest. On draft day, Dan Connors called me from the Raiders and asked how I felt about being drafted by the Raiders in the 4th round. I was asked what makes me feel I could play for the Raiders. And I thought I was known for being twice as nice off the field, but on the field I was lean and mean. And from then on I felt that this is what the Raiders’ perspective was to be lean and mean on the field, and kick back and enjoy yourself off the field.

Q: What do you currently do?

Greg Townsend: I am currently offering pre-paid legal representation. We feel there are two ways to get rich in this world, hit the lottery and sue someone for money. If someone ever comes after you to sue you, you don’t have to go into your savings. We call it a defensive mechanism. We call ourselves Team Townsend. But later on I want to get into some coaching, some acting, or maybe become a football analyst. So whenever the time is right, the plan will evolve.

 





 

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