Jose "Big Daddy" Delgado
Jose "Big Daddy" Delgado is among a number of Oakland Raiders fans who make attending games such a special experience.
I am a proud Oakland native of 58 years. When I was eleven years old, I watched my first Oakland Raiders game with my father, Jose Sr. The year was 1968 and the Raiders were in a playoff game against the New York Jets. We lost but I fell in love with our team right then and there. I have watched every single game since then, either in person or on television.
A very special moment for me was our first Super Bowl win against the Vikings on my birthday, January 9, 1978. What a birthday gift!
When they moved to Los Angeles in 1981, they broke my heart. However, I stayed faithful to my team and would travel to Los Angeles to see their games. I always prayed they would come back home to Oakland. When they announced they were coming back in 1995, I cried like a baby.
For the last 13 years I have traveled to many road games as well. My goal is to see our Raiders in all 32 NFL stadiums. I only have 3 stadiums left! (Cincinnati, Tampa Bay and Detroit.)
When I turn 60 in 13 months, my goal is to go to all 16 regular season games, the playoff games, and hopefully the Super Bowl (as we win the whole enchilada).
On a personal note, I am proud to say I have been married to my beautiful wife, Renee, for 26 years. We have five incredible children, Joaquin, Dijon, Jose III, Roberto, and Nina, who enjoy the Raiders games with me. I have worked at Pacific Gas and Electric for 40 years, and I am just getting warmed up!
I have also been a volunteer CYO basketball coach for over 25 years. Over the years I have taken many of our Oakland youth to the Raiders games. To see them enjoying the Raider Nation experience has been priceless. It is then when I see a new Silver & Black generation being born!
I hope and pray our Raiders never leave Oakland again...but one thing is for sure, the Raiders will never leave Big Daddy's Silver and Black heart!