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Atlanta Dan
04-03-2008, 07:02 PM
If anyone thinks today's players invented debauchery, here is evidence to the contrary from Dr. Z.:

Mike Ornstein, an Al Davis gofer on the Raiders for 15 years, is telling stories about the late John Matuszak.

"Five Quaaludes," he said. "Al Davis told me to stay with him all night, the night before the playoff against the Broncos. I went out for a couple of minutes, and he'd popped five Quaaludes. He was running up and down the halls of the hotel naked. The trainer and I got him into the room. We called room service, ordered every sandwich they had on the menu. He couldn't get them into his mouth ... he was smacking them off his forehead.

"Next day he was a little better, but he was still shaky. John Madden had to play him ... there were guys hurt. The Broncos killed him. They went to the Super Bowl that year, 1977. Cost us a shot at the Super Bowl, Tooz and those Quaaludes."

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/dr_z/04/03/owner.meetings/1.html

tony hipchest
04-03-2008, 08:30 PM
funny you post this. i was listening to randy cross and carl banks talk about lyle alzado this morning on sirius (today mightve been lyles b-day).

anyways cross was relaying stories of playing with him and how he would get so angered by some of the smallest things on the field.

carl banks infererrd roid rage (in a way that seemed to be airing dirty laundry), and in a jokingly manner added "hallucinogens"... and ludes.

appearantly alzado was a fan of the coctails. it seemed like a bit of insider info you normally wouldnt hear outside of the "locker room".

stlrtruck
04-04-2008, 08:38 AM
I don't think any fan who has been around awhile can blindly say things didn't happen back in the day. However, the difference is they were dealt with in-house and owners took the media out of the equation.

Think about it, it wasn't until the 80's that the media started blowing the happenings inside NFL teams out of the water.

silver & black
04-04-2008, 08:41 PM
LOL... its no secret that tooz liked to party, and Alzado was a roid head.

I sure wish we had players like that these days. (talent wise)

millwalldavey
04-05-2008, 11:09 PM
I never realized he played with KC for a year or two after the Oilers got sick of him.