By Teverly Lazenby // @TeverlyL
It had never been my life endeavor to become a sports writer. I just kind of fell into it. Several years ago I was approached by Liz Panucci, the founder of a site called NFLFemale.com. She asked, ‘Do you want to write about your Raiders?’. The next thing I knew I was the Official Fan Reporter for the Oakland Raiders at NFLFemale.
My love of football began when I was a child. My father coached football at a local high school. Since I was a “Daddy’s’ Girl” I was either with him while he was coaching, or with him and his friends watching USC football or The L.A. Rams.
It wasn’t until high school that I really started to pay attention to the (then) L.A. Raiders. Even though I was in band, choir, peer counseling and other extracurricular activities, I kind of had a “Bad Girl” side. I loved gangsta rap! More specifically N.W.A. and Ice Cube.
Nowadays, it is no secret that Ice Cube is synonymous with The Raiders. Since I was always sporting Raiders gear people would often ask me about their record, and players. It wasn’t long before I switched from watching the L.A. Rams to watching the L.A. Raiders. My dad jokingly says, “It still hurts.”
Over the past 25 years I have been through thick and thin with my Raiders. Always staying loyal to my team in losing and winning seasons. Not to mention the teams several moves.
I have looked at sports writing as a form of therapy. A way to vent. At times, I really needed it! In the process, some of my articles have earned some accolades such as “Writer of the Week” and recognition on social media sites.
I am proud and excited to contribute to the new organization called Our Turf Football, and I look forward to continuing to grow within the sisterhood and our new adventures.
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