Linebacker Korey Bosworth was only 1 when his uncle, Brian, became a part of Raiders' history.
Korey, naturally, doesn't remember watching former Raiders RB Bo Jackson steamroll “The Boz” on a 2-yard touchdown run during a Monday night game at Seattle on Nov. 30, 1987. But he's well aware of the play. He even got a warning from his uncle, a former Oklahoma and Seahawks linebacker, that the topic might come up after he signed last week as a free agent with the Raiders.
“He actually called me and he told me that someone might eventually start asking about that,” Korey Bosworth said. “He said, ‘Just be nice when that question finally comes up,' and we kind of go back and forth about me playing, being out here and that happening back in the ‘80s. So he just said, ‘As long as that doesn't happen again, we're good.'”
Korey Bosworth said he has mixed emotions about his uncle getting run over during a game in which Jackson rushed for 221 yards and scored on an electrifying 91-yard TD run.
“If I had to say now, I'd say it was a good play by Bo Jackson,” he said. “But being family and everything, it was just a bad angle, you know?”
Bosworth, a former UCLA Bruin whose twin brother, Kyle, is a LB for Jacksonville, signed with the Raiders on Thursday after being released by Detroit. He initially signed with Detroit as an undrafted free agent in 2010 but spent that season on injured reserve. The Lions cut him during training camp in 2011.
One day after signing with Oakland, Bosworth suited up Friday against Arizona and played on special teams in the second half. On Saturday night in Oakland he'll face Detroit, the team that just cut him.
“I had just gotten here so I really hadn't gotten too in-depth with the playbook and everything but now we've got a couple days under my belt,” he said. “I'm really starting to pick it up so we'll see what happens coming up in the game.”
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