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Father And Son Spend Weekend With Oakland Raiders

on October 5, 2017 - 8:05am

Jason Wardlow Herrera and his son Jordan on the sideline during Sundays Oakland Raiders game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Jason Wardlow Herrera traveled with his son Jordan Saturday to Denver, Colo., for a very special weekend with the Oakland Raiders football team during which father and son got to meet legendary players, coaches and staff of the team. Jordan's mother, Catalina Herrera, was responsible for the great opportunity and was also on the trip.

The three arrived at the Westin Hotel Saturday, which is where the Raiders were staying, and immediately ran into Jim Plunkett, 70, a quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner who played 15 NFL seasons. Plunkett’s mother was from Santa Fe and his father was from Albuquerque. He played for the New England Patriots from 1971 to 1975, the San Francisco 49ers from 1976-1977 and the Raiders from 1978 to 1987, and led the Raiders to Super Bowl victories.

Plunkett played “catch” with Jordan right there in the lobby and at one point asked Jordan, “That’s all you’ve got?” to which Jordan replied, “You want to see what I’ve got?” before the two moved further apart and continued to toss the ball back and forth.

During dinner with Raiders players and staff, Jason and Jordan met Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch and Denver Broncos and Raiders Pro Football Hall of Famer and football executive Willie Brown. They also met Tom Flores, the first starting quarterback in Oakland Raiders history and one of only two people in the NFL to win Super Bowls as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach.

When they arrived at the game, Jason and Jordan had sideline passes. Jordan said it was an amazing experience to see the game from close up and that it was so different to being in the stands.

Jason said the whole experience was amazing for both of them.

“The best part for me was seeing that big smile on my son’s face and to meet so many great players,” he said.

Jordan, on the other hand, said what he liked most was how friendly everyone was to him and how nice they were when he had his photo taken with them.

“When I was hugging Marshawn Lynch, he said, ‘No man hugs, little man’,” he said.

​Jason Wardlow Herrera is Deputy Chief of the Los Alamos Police Department and coaches youth football in his spare time. Jordan Herrera plays youth football with the Los Alamos Extreme Team.

Jordan Herrera and his mother, Catalina Herrera on the sideline at the Broncos/Raiders game. Courtesy photo

Jason Wardlow Herrera, Catalina Herrera, and their son, Jordan got to hang out with Marshawn Lynch in Denver last weekend. Courtesy photo

Jason Wardlow Herrera and his son Jordan with Raiders legend Jim Plunkett Saturday in Denver. Courtesy photo

Jordan Herrera visits with Raiders player Cordarrelle Cooper on the sideline Sunday in Denver. Courtesy photo


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