Former Red Raider now an Oakland Raider

by admin on April 1, 2013

in Sports

While in high school at Robert E. Lee in Tyler, Matt Flynn won a state championship. Then in college, he won the National Championship game at LSU. Now he’s on the next level, well, kind of. I guess it’s safe to say though, Flynn’s chances of winning at the next level will have to at least be put on hold since he will now be suiting up for the Oakland Raiders.

Last year, Matt Flynn was one of the biggest names (if not the biggest) in free agency before he signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said he was going to leave the job open to competition, and although we didn’t believe him, he did just that. Rookie Russell Wilson came in and surprised a ton of people and became a frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year Award after leading his team into the second round of the playoffs.
Russell’s play was proof that the starting job was his, and Flynn’s future was in question. Now, the former Red Raider is an Oakland Raider.

The past decade has seen Oakland go through quarterbacks like paper towels. Of course, that’s probably because defenses have torn quarterbacks apart like paper towels. Since 2003, no one has lasted more than two years as the starting quarterback for the silver and black.

Flynn isn’t guaranteed the starting position but if he gets, he’ll replace Carson Palmer who is coming off his second year for the team. The Raiders have also seen Jason Campbell, JeMarcus Russell, Daunte Culpepper, Andrew Walter, Kerry Collins and and Rich Gannon since 2003. Let’s just hope the Tyler native has better luck.

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