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Theismann on Raiders: Part III

January 29, 2009 |  3:00 pm

Marcus Allen The Times' Sam Farmer is in Tampa, Fla., this week covering the Super Bowl. In a series a Fabulous Forum posts, he looks back at the 1983 Raiders. You can access his Raiders posts by clicking here, and all his Super Bowl posts by clicking here.


So Joe Theismann was annoyed with the stuff Howie Long was saying in an interview about Super Bowl XVIII, but at least he could snap off the TV.

There was no mute button on Raiders linebacker Ted Hendricks.

"Right after the game, we're flying to the game for the Pro Bowl," Theismann said. "Ted had been up all night. ... Sits down right next to me on the plane and proceeds for the next hour to tell me just how he kicked my ass. Now, we've got a six-hour flight!

"What am I going to say? We lost. They beat us, 38-9! What am I going to say, 'You're full of baloney'? He's saying, 'We kicked your ass. We chased you all over the place.' He finally fell asleep about an hour into the flight.

"It was the most thankful I've ever been in my life: Ted fell asleep."

More to come ...

-- Sam Farmer

Photo: Marcus Allen makes a 74-yard touchdown run against the Redskins during Super Bowl XVIII. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times