To Rison, not all rings are created equal

Receiver heaps scorn on Super Bowl prize

Brown stays patient

Raiders notebook

Ravens Vs. Raiders

January 12, 2001|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

OAKLAND, Calif. - The ring Oakland Raiders receiver Andre Rison will receive if his team wins the Super Bowl will be treated much differently than the one he has now.

Rison won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers in 1996. He was not invited to the White House with the team after signing with the Kansas City Chiefs that off-season.

He played in only five regular-season games for the Packers after the Jacksonville Jaguars released him 10 weeks into the season.

In the Packers' 35-21 Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, Rison had the opening touchdown, a 54-yard bomb from quarterback Brett Favre.

"I don't even know where it is," Rison said of the ring. "How Desmond Howard was treated, how I was treated, no. To hell with that ring. [Former Packers coach] Mike Holmgren lied. That team has never been the same."

Rison is in his first year with the Raiders after spending three with the Chiefs. For the first time in his career, he is not a starter, but has made more of a contribution than No. 2 receiver James Jett. Rison is second on the team in catches (41), yards (606) and touchdowns (six) behind Tim Brown.

Brown urged the Raiders to sign Rison in the off-season, citing his ability and locker-room leadership, something not necessarily associated with Rison.

"For me, [signing Rison] was paramount," Brown said. "If I was going to be able to lead this team, I needed another guy to do that. We talked about some guys in the off-season. His name came up at training camp. I told them as soon as they could do it, get him in here."

Rison is one of the more popular players in the locker room.

As for his Super Bowl ring, rumor was he threw it in a river. Rison dispelled that yesterday. "I got this cool chick," Rison said. "She's got it. She's handling it for me."

Not yet desperate

Time is running out on Brown's illustrious 13-year career and number of chances to win a Super Bowl. But he feels that even if the Raiders do not win Sunday's game, he will have another shot.

However, Brown probably felt that way 10 years ago when the Raiders advanced to the AFC championship game, then proceeded to get trounced, 51-3, by the Buffalo Bills. This is just the third time the Raiders have made the playoffs since that game.

"It's good to have that bad history on that side because when you're faced with that same situation, it can really keep you focused," Brown said. "For me, it's not as hard for me to stay focused this week. I remember that feeling I had on the plane ride home from Buffalo; not because of the score, but because of being so close to the big game yet being so far away.

"I think this team is going to be a perennial team from now on. ... This is going to be a run for the Raiders that will last a long time."

Brown is the Raiders' all-time leading receiver with more than 12,000 yards.

Running in the rain

The Raiders had another rain-drenched, windy practice yesterday. Running back Napoleon Kaufman (knee) and end Regan Upshaw (ankle) missed the workout. Defensive tackle Grady Jackson (shoulder) returned to practice. "We had a good practice," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. "I was pleased with the concentration, given the elements."

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