A familiar face was back at O.co Coliseum to watch the Raiders conclude the 2014 preseason with a win over the Seattle Seahawks, 41-31. Oakland native, and former Raiders linebacker, Kirk Morrison was back at his old stomping grounds Thursday night, watching the game, taking over the Raiders Twitter, and spending some time in the broadcast booth.
After being drafted by the Raiders in the third round of the 2005 NFL draft, Morrison spent the first five seasons of his career wearing the Silver and Black and was excited to be back in Oakland to watch his childhood team hit the field.
“It feels great,” said Morrison. “I love being here. I call the Black Hole a second home because I was here every Sunday when the Raiders moved back here. Rain, snow, shine, it didn’t matter, I was going to be here because I’ve been a diehard Raiders fan my whole life.”
During his five years in Oakland, the San Diego State product played in all 16 games each season and tallied six total interceptions. But, for Morrison, the best memories of his time as a Raider revolved predominately around his interactions with Raider Nation.
“For me, it was just coming through that tunnel,” he said. “I was one of the ones who was not only a fan, but I also became a player, yet the fan in me still stayed. So it was great to continue to still be a fan while I was still playing. Those are the memories I have walking through the tunnel and being around such greatness. “
I remember Morrison as a rookie in ‘05 and how he was a tackling machine on an otherwise lackluster team. Once a Raider, always a Raider!