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My Playbook for Life
BY MICKEY MARVIN
was interviewed by Ed Bryson.
Ed: Mickey Marvin grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, played football at the University of Tennesse, then went on from there to play 11 years for the Oakland Raiders.
, we're glad to have you as a friend of The Francis Asbury Society
Tell us what's the most memorable experience that you had while playing with the Raiders?
: Well, during that time and to God
be the glory, I will preference my remarks by saying that, to God
be the glory for the great things he
did for my playing for the Raiders, giving me the talent to play.
: Well, the average playing time in the national football league is about four years, but God
blessed me and let me play 11.
I went over to Mike's office; and he
, this is the most difficult thing I've ever had to do.
I was the first Raider that he
I said, "Mike, this is not exactly easy for me either.
I just broke up and started crying.
We talked a little bit, and then I left his
knew what I needed.
One of our quarterbacks, Vince Evans, a good Christian, came up and hugged my neck; and he
, you left a strong witness for Jesus Christ in the locker room.
: Well, I grew up in the First Church of the Nazarene
, which certainly preaches salvation and sanctification.
The Holy Spirit spoke to me as plainly as I am speaking to you and he
, just take it a day at a time.
The next day, I went to the University of Alabama, Birmingham
, to do my scouting for the Raiders, and I was in such a quiet place.
I was beside those still waters, and from September 18, 2001 to right now, a lot of things have happened in my life and God's
brought me through little trials, a lot of testing, restitution times, but he's
got me in his
hands and I know who my Father is.
: Well, I grew up in a Christian home, even though my Dad was not a Christian.
He got saved about 4 years before he died from cancer, in 1986.
: Yes, she
was a cheerleader for the Raiders.
got saved, and we dated for nine months.
We've been married for 25 years.
Our son Jonathan is 20, playing football and going to school in Florida.
Paige is 19 and she's
going to school and playing volleyball at the University of North Carolina
Just like I was raised in church and I was there literally every time the door opened, we've done the same things with our kids.
We got them involved from very early ages in Sunday School and in the programs for the children and care ministry in our church and in Christian Scouting.
Lisa teaches Sunday School and she's been President of our Young People's Society and she's on the church board.
The Mountain Times Online
This Saturday night at 6 p.m. the Mount Jefferson Church of the Nazarene in West Jefferson will host Youth Rally Under the Tent with special guest speaker Mickey Marvin.
This Saturday night at 6 p.m. the Mount Jefferson Church of the Nazarene
in West Jefferson will host Youth Rally Under the Tent with special guest speaker Mickey Marvin
...Marvin is a former professional football player for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders who is described as "a big man with a big heart who loves the Lord." Marvin began his career as a starting right guard for the University of Tennessee where he was honored as a three time All Southeastern Conference Pick, as one of only four players ever honored in Tennessee Football history, and a two time UPI All American four year starter at right guard.In 1977 he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round and became a starting right guard in 1978.
11-year career with the Raiders
, the team reached the NFL playoffs six times, including two Super Bowl Championships, Super Bowl XV against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1981 and Super Bowl XVIII when the Raiders
faced the Washington Redskins in 1984."These were some of the most exciting times of my life as the Raiders
won both games," recalls Marvin
days in the game.In 1981 Marvin was named to the All Madden All Pro Team by former Raiders Head Coach, John Madden.
But Mickey Marvin
also has another passion, sharing with others what he
calls, "Life's Greatest Call."Since his
days in college Marvin
has traveled extensively, speaking in schools, churches, and prisons about his
faith and his
relationship with Jesus Christ.At youth rallies and crusades across the nation, Marvin
presents a stirring message as he
compares life's challenges to the game of football where people experience both "good and bad calls" and says the greatest call is the call of God's love.Marvin is currently a member of the Hendersonville Church of the Nazarene in Hendersonville, North Carolina and is also a prison Chaplain with an active preaching and teaching ministry.
will also be staying over to speak at the church on Sunday morning during the Youth Sunday School at 10 a.m. and at the morning worship service at 11 a.m. Mount Jefferson Church of the Nazarene
is located at 1 Robert Street in West Jefferson just above West Jefferson Park.
Oakland Raiders | Administrative Staff
CITIZEN-TIMES.com: Pensions fail older athletes
Mickey Marvin, former NFL player, talks about the NFL pension plan with AC-T senior writer Keith Jarrett. (1,376 KB)
..."For years people asked me what I did now that I was retired," said Mickey Marvin, 51, of Hendersonville, who played in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders from 1977-88.
"I told them I went to work.I knew that my pension wasn't going to be enough to live on, and I had to get a job," said Marvin, who works with the Raiders as a scout and player personnel adviser.
"These are the guys that paved the way for all of us, and they should be taken care of," Marvin
has sympathy for ex-athletes with poor or no pension plans, to a point.
"I hate to hear about those older players who aren't doing well physically or financially, and I believe the NFL should do something to help them," Marvin
Hot diggity dog - Hendersonville Times-News
"I imagine that I'll make a dent in that number this weekend," said Mickey Marvin, 50, of Hendersonville.Marvin, a Super Bowl-winning guard for the Oakland Raiders, said that he eats the traditional Independence Day meal his way -- in two bites.
"Of course my two bites are five for anyone else," he
said, reaching for the freshly packaged Hot Dog World dog dripping with chili, onions and slaw.