Stanford Routt at Raiders camp 2011 (photo by Levi Damien)
Former Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt had some final words for the Raider Nation on Monday via his Twitter page. The former number one cornerback for the Raiders was cut in mid-February just before he was due a $5 million roster bonus. He has since been signed by the rival Kansas City Chiefs.
Here is what he had to say:
"I would like to thank #RaiderNation for 7 unforgettable years of love, support and faith... It was fun but more importantly it was real."
"I also want to send a special thanks to Al Davis... he gave me my first job, was one of my biggest fans and kept his promise... #RIPAllenDavis"
That promise to which he refers was likely something to the effect that if you play hard and are loyal to the Raiders, the Raiders will be loyal in return. Routt did play hard for the Raiders and he was ultimately rewarded for it with a big contract prior to last season.
Unfortunately for Routt, when Al Davis passed away, there was no one left with the team to protect him from being cut because of that big contract.
That probably wasn't the only promise Al Davis kept with Routt. Mr Davis was known for being a man of his word. The first pormise was probably something like "You run a sub 4.3 40 yard dash and we will draft you." (Routt ran a 4.29 40 at the combine)
Routt was what you might refer to as a "me player" which worked fine in the Raider man defense, every-corner-is-an-island mindset. But it would not have meshed with the new culture of the Raiders.
I do not doubt he enjoyed his time in Oakland. It was the perfect setting for him. But no sooner did he thank the Raider Nation, but he bastardized the "Nation" label in his very next tweet which came seconds after his previous tweet:
"What's up Kansas City?!?!?!? #ChiefsNation"
Now, that's the Stanford Routt we know and "love". Seems he moved on about as quickly as the Raider Nation did.