The Oakland Raiders are mourning the loss of longtime Raiders equipment manager Richard Romanski, who passed away Monday morning.
“The Raiders family is saddened by the passing of Richard Romanski,” said Raiders Owner Mark Davis. “Dick was a loyal and tireless professional for over five decades with the franchise and he is one of the building blocks upon which the Raiders organization was built. Dick’s legacy with the Silver and Black continues to this day through his son, Bob, the Raiders current equipment manager. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Romanski family at this time.”
Romanski joined the Raiders in 1963, the same year that Al Davis was named Head Coach and General Manager of the American Football League franchise. During two years in the Army at Ft. Belvoir, Va., he was a quarterback and later coached on Davis’ outstanding service teams.
A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Romanski was all-league in his final two years at Messmer High School in football, hockey, boxing, basketball and baseball. He was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2002. He was a Catholic All-American at St. Norbert College and was inducted into that school’s Hall of Fame in 1988. He taught and coached at a Milwaukee high school following his Army tour of duty.
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