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Jack Del Rio Foundation Hosts First Bocce Ball Tournament

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Jack Del Rio Foundation is proud to host its first ever bocce ball tournament tomorrow at Campo di Bocce in Fremont. The event will benefit Hayward High School/Mt. Eden High School/Tennyson High School athletics, NorCal Special Olympics and the Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Athletic League.

“Linda and I have made a long standing commitment to give back to the community, primarily to underserved youth who face continuous challenges and uncompromising adversity,” said Jack Del Rio. “We desire to make a difference in the lives of others and encourage all of us to look outward for opportunities to serve, whether it be through financial support, time, or by volunteering our skills and talents.”

The Jack Del Rio Bocce Ball Tournament will include 32 teams and will begin at 12 p.m. The event will include a live auction and a trophy presentation following competition. The championship round is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

The title sponsor of the Jack Del Rio Bocce Ball Tournament is Clear Channel Outdoor and elite-level sponsors include BCCI Builders and the Carson Valley Inn.

Proceeds from this sold-out event will go to support the Jack Del Rio Foundation’s mission, which is to motivate our community to meet the needs of underserved youth. The Jack Del Rio Foundation seeks to energize, educate and enrich the lives of our youth through the generous investment of financial support, time and devotion.

For more information, please visit jackdelriofoundation.org/bocce-tournament

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raider Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Undrafted Free Agent Signings

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed the following 17 undrafted free agents, the club announced Friday.

Player                                      Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    College

Borders, Breon                                   CB                   5-11    189     Duke

Boyette, Paul                                      DT                   6-2      310     Texas

Briggs, Chauncey                               T                      6-6      301     SMU

Brown, Fadol                                      DE                   6-4      282     Mississippi

Brown, Pharaoh                                 TE                    6-5      246     Oregon

Cioffi, Anthony                                   S                      5-11    205     Rutgers

Hatcher, Keon                                    WR                  6-1      212     Arkansas

Humes, Chris                                      CB                   6-0      201     Arkansas State

Jefferson, Rickey                                S                      5-11    208     LSU

Kukwa, Anthony                                 LS                    6-2      231     Lake Erie

Morrow, Nicholas                              LB                    6-0      216     Greenville

Simmons, Jordan                                G                     6-3      339     USC

Thomas, Ahmad                                  S                      6-0      214     Oklahoma

Wade, Jordan                                     DT                   6-3      319     Oklahoma

Whitney, Isaac                                    WR                  6-2      204     USC

Woodson-Luster, Xavier                   LB                    6-1      219     Arkansas State

Zamora, Ishmael                                 WR                  6-3      224     Baylor

Borders: Played four years at Duke, appearing in 49 games with 35 starts…Totaled 148 career tackles (106 solo), seven tackles for loss, one sack, 12 INTs, 34 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Boyette: Played four years at Texas, appearing in 42 games with eight starts…Totaled 100 career tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

Briggs: Played four years at SMU, appearing in 39 game with 32 starts on the offensive line… As a senior, helped the offense average 163.2 rushing yards per game…First name is pronounced CHON-see.

Brown, F.: Played three years at Mississippi after transferring from FIU…Played in 32 games at Mississippi with 21 starts…Totaled 109 tackles (51 solo), four sacks and 16 tackles for loss.

Brown, P.: Played four years at Oregon, seeing action in 40 games…Totaled 70 career receptions for 1,011 yards with 11 TDs…Two-time All-Pac-12 selection… Also named first-team all-conference by Athlon Sports, ESPN.com and Phil Steele Publications as a junior.

Cioffi: Played four years at Rutgers, appearing in 47 games with 33 starts at both safety positions and cornerback…Career totals include 168 tackles (120 solo), eight INTs, 2.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, 13 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Hatcher: Played four years at Arkansas, seeing action in 47 games with 28 starts…Career totals include 130 receptions for 1,866 yards and 19 TDs…Finished collegiate career ranked fourth on the program’s all-time list in receiving TDs.

Humes: Played four years at Arkansas State, seeing action in 54 games with 39 starts…Totaled 180 career tackles (109 solo), three INTs, 14 passes defensed, two sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries…As a senior, named honorable mention All-Sun Belt Conference.

Jefferson: Played four years at LSU, playing in 37 games with 15 starts…Totaled 87 career tackles (48 solo), one sack, four INTs and 12 passes defensed.

Kukwa: Played four years at Lake Erie, seeing action in 42 games…Named honorable mention All-GLIAC as a junior…Transferred from Ball State, where he redshirted as a freshman.

Morrow: Played four years at Greenville, playing in 34 games…Totaled 222 career tackles (151 solo), five sacks, 38 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, three INTs and 11 passes defensed…Honored as a second-team AFCA NCAA Division III All-American.

Simmons: Played four years at USC, seeing action in 21 games with two starts…As a senior, saw action in 13 games and served as a reserve offensive lineman and played on special teams.

Thomas: Played four years at Oklahoma, seeing action in 51 games with 39 starts…Started final 39 straight games of his career…Totaled 223 career tackles (149 solo), four INTs, one fumble recovery and seven passes defensed.

Wade: Played four years at Oklahoma, playing in 44 games with 22 starts…Totaled 79 career tackles (43 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.

Whitney: Played two years at USC after transferring from Riverside (Calif.) Community College…Also played at Central Oklahoma…Totaled 11 catches for 144 yards (13.1 avg.) and two TDs at USC.

Woodson-Luster: Played four years at Arkansas State, playing in 47 games with 37 starts…Finished as program’s all-time leader with 293 tackles (165 solo)…Also totaled five sacks, 19 tackles for loss, two INTs, 11 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Zamora: Played two years at Baylor, playing in 23 games with eight starts…Totaled 72 career receptions for 941 yards with 10 TDs…As a sophomore, Ranked second in the Big-12 Conference with 6.3 receptions per game.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raider Media Relations

The Oakland Raiders Sign Former Kansas City Chiefs Center Rodney Hudson

March 11, 2015 2:05 PM PT

Shawn Jonas

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent C Rodney Hudson, the club announced Wednesday.

Hudson has started 31 games at center over the last two seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Entering his fifth NFL season, Hudson has appeared in 51 games with 35 starts for Kansas City. He was originally selected by the Chiefs in the second round (55th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. After playing in all 16 games as a rookie, Hudson started the first three games at left guard in 2012 before suffering a season-ending leg injury. He took over as the team’s starting center in 2013, helping Kansas City to back-to-back winning seasons from 2013-14.

The Mobile, Ala., native attended Florida State, appearing in 53 games with 50 starts at both guard and center. The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder earned All-ACC honors all four years and holds the conference’s career record for being named ACC Player of the Week nine times. He was also a two-time winner (2009-10) of the Jacobs Blocking Award, given to the player voted the most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a poll of head coaches and defensive coordinators.

Rodney Hudson signed a 5 year / $44,500,000 contract with the Oakland Raiders, including $20,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $8,900,000.

Media Conference Call Q & A 

Q: Can you describe how this all came together and were you surprised that the Raiders were in the mix so heavily?
Hudson: “It happened so fast. As the season was over and the months started to fly by, and here we are today. I can’t even really remember how fast it happened, but I’m excited and I’m excited for the opportunity.”

Q: What was it about the Raiders that attracted you to sign here?

Hudson: “This is a great franchise with great tradition. I know some guys that played for some of these coaches that are friends of mine and they had nothing but great things to say. I think we have a good opportunity to come in and do some stuff.”

Q: Did you get a chance to talk to Jack Del Rio yet, and if you have, any discussions on what he liked about your game and how he thought he would use you?

Hudson: “I talked to him briefly. He’s excited for the opportunity to work with me and same with me with him. We’re excited to get started and get to work.”

Q: Is the Raiders new no-huddle offense approach something that attracted you to this team?

Hudson: “I think so. I’m excited. I think it’s a good to have in the playbook and I’m excited to get in and start learning with the guys and from the coaches and get started.”

Q: What was the motivating factor behind your decision to leave Kansas City and come to Oakland?

Hudson: “There is not one thing in particular. I have nothing to say bad about Kansas City. I enjoyed my time there. I grew a lot as an individual and as a football player and I’m thankful for that. I have nothing bad to say. I think this is a great opportunity for me and I’m excited about it.”

Q: Was Kansas City’s initial offer lower than the Raiders or on par?
Hudson: “Out of respect to the situation, I really won’t go into specifics about that. I would prefer not to.”

Q: Are you excited about the role of a leader on and off the field and a role that you feel like you can fill pretty well?

Hudson: “Definitely. I think so. I think I need to be, personally, as a center. I think leadership comes with the position and I have to do that. I’ve had that role in previous years and I’m looking forward to it and looking forward to getting ready with the guys and start learning and getting after it.”

Q: What are the things that you like about Derek Carr?

Hudson: “I think playing in the same division as Oakland and watching him last year, we obviously played some of the same teams. We played some of the same teams that he had the chance to play. I think you notice just from watching that he’s a smart kid. You watch him direct things out there and you can tell that he knows what he’s doing and he’s a good player obviously.”

Q: Was this a difficult choice for you to come to the Raiders or were you going back and forth between a couple of different teams?

Hudson: “I think any time, in anything, you’ve been one place so long and you pick up and move, I think there is a little bit of difficulty in that. I remember how difficult it was to get up and go to college after being in one place for so long. But, I’m not really concerned about picking up and moving. I think it’s a good opportunity and I’m looking for it.”

Q: What do you think about going up against the Kansas City Chiefs twice a year now?

Hudson: “It will definitely be weird at first, but it will be fun. I think any time you’re blessed with the opportunity to go out there and compete against another team on Sundays, it’s obviously fun and I look forward to it.”

Q: What was that atmosphere like last year in the Thursday night game at the Coliseum?

Hudson: “Yeah, the fans there have always been awesome. Over the years playing there, that’s one thing that they talk about is the fans, they’re always loud and into the game and very passionate about it. The Thursday night game was great, that’s the kind of atmosphere you look forward to playing in. It was great.”

Q: With the Raiders at 11-37 over the last three years and not having a winning season since 2002, what did Coach Del Rio and Reggie McKenzie say to you to get you on board and think that you could be a part of turning this around?

Hudson: “I think as a group, any time things don’t go the way you want them or anything, you have to just get back to it and get to work. There is a lot of positive energy. These guys are excited, I’m excited. I met a few players, they’re very excited to get started. I think any time you have that good, positive energy around it is good. It’s something to feed off of, feed off each other and work towards the goal.”