Marcus Allen told the Dave Dameshek Football Program on Friday that he never wanted to play for any other team than the Raiders. The Los Angeles Raiders.
Allen won a Heisman Trophy and a Super Bowl playing on the same home field — the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. And, despite the acrimony, he never wanted to leave the town where he played both college and professional football. But Allen finished his career with the Raiders, and the NFL has been out of Los Angeles since the Rams and Raiders left town after the 1994 season.
So Allen would have to be in support of an NFL return to Los Angeles, right?
After being rebuffed in heartbreaking fashion by Jerome Bettis earlier this week on the same topic, it is with hat-in-hand that I would have to ask a Raider about the NFL’s return to Los Angeles.
“Absolutely, it’s necessary,” Allen said. “It is hard to be recognized as the entertainment capital and not don’t have one of the great sports franchises around.”
Talk about conflicted. I feel like FDR and Winston Churchill breaking bread with Joseph Stalin as I stand side-by-side with Allen on this LA football issue. Allen knows that there is a lot of misinformation about Los Angeles sports fans. The notion of L.A. fans not wanting football is preposterous when USC draws about 90,000 and UCLA brings in 60,000 on the same weekend (Allen was quick to point out that USC draws more).
Allen has complete confidence that Los Angeles will support a new football team. But what team should it be of those rumored to be coming to L.A.?
“As much as I love the Chargers, ther Chargers are synonymous with San Diego” Allen said. “I would hate for them to leave the city of San Diego.
“Ideally, I played for the Raiders and it would not be a bad move for them to come back.”
Alright, we have some work to do picking the right team to come back to Los Angeles, but we are close.
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