Steelers Versus Raiders, Always a Slugfest


Published: March 22, 2009


... speak his mind during training camp and preseason games on TV as an analyst on the promotional program “Behind the Shield."

During the regular season George can be found milling around the VIP areas of McAfee Coliseum graciously answering questions and chatting with fans.

I can never quite figure out if he’s been hitting the booze or if that is his natural accent but to listen to George is like he’s Bill Cosby’s alter ego. They have the same drawl. 

In his day, George Atkinson was the fastest man in the AFL with blazing speed returning punts. Drafted out of a small school in the south (Robert Morris) he played his rookie season in 1968, the year the Raiders played the Packers in Super Bowl II.  He was a factor in that game for the Raiders.

In fact, it is fair to say as both a punishing defensive back and elite punt returner, Atkinson came to symbolize what Raider greatness is all about.

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