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Oakland Raiders Up for Never Say Never Moment of the Year: Fan Reaction
In another bit of positive news involving the Oakland Raiders, the Silver and Black are up for the "2011 GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year." The award represents the "best moment or play of the year that represents determination and perseverance."
You probably won't be surprised to find out which moment they're referring to. It was my favorite of the season, and definitely one of the top in the team's entire history.
It came in week five, during the battle became the Raiders and the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 9, one day after their iconic owner, Al Davis, passed away. The Texans were favored to win, and this game was not one that most fans expected the Silver and Black to emerge from with a victory.
The game started out as predicted, but over the course something changed. They were down 17-15 in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jason Campbell connected with receiver Chaz Schilens for an 18-yard touchdown to take the lead, but came very close to losing it in the final minutes.
Those final moments became one of the many wild roller coaster rides of the season. Oakland seemed destined to another disappointing end, with the Texans headed for a touchdown. Instead, safety Michael Huff jumped up and caught the interception in the end zone, just as the clock expired. It became a thrilling and fitting tribute to Davis, and head coach Hue Jackson fell to his knees weeping.
The announcer was even choked up, and seemed to be on the verge of letting the tears flow. I didn't hesitate. It was one of the most emotional moments I've ever experienced as a Raider fan.
I would be shocked if the Silver and Black aren't selected for their amazing moment in 2011.
Fans can vote through January 26 at 9:00 p.m. EST, and one fan will be selected to win a 2012 GMC Sierra HD Denali. The award and the winner of the GMC will be announced at "NFL Honors", a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on February 4, 9-11 p.m. EST.
K.C. Dermody grew up in the Bay Area of California, and has been an Oakland Raiders fan from the time she could walk. She has continued her loyalty to the team through its many ups and downs over the decades, and has been privileged to meet several of her favorite players, including famed quarterback, Jim Plunkett . Follow her at www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter, Twitter @kcdermody, or www.kcdermodywriter.com.
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