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  • Robert Brazile was so feared as a linebacker during his career with the Houston Oilers that he earned the nickname Dr. Doom.

    In his retirement he found contentment in a vastly different line of work that he believes was even more challenging than chasing down quarterbacks for a living.

    "It was more difficult being a teacher Josh Norman Jersey ," he said. "I was a middle school special ed teacher and it was a challenge every day to find out something to build the trust, the love and the care for these kids."

    Though he loved football and enjoyed his time in the NFL, the 65-year-old Brazile admits working with children was more fulfilling.

    "If I had to choose it all over again, I would love being a teacher more than a football player," he said.

    Though he turned in his Dr. Doom persona decades ago for the role of Mr. Brazile, he'll revisit the success of his first career on Saturday when he'll be one of eight men inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Brazile was drafted sixth overall in 1975 out of Jackson State, two picks behind teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Walter Payton, and was voted Defensive Rookie of the Year. He was the anchor of the 3-4 defensive scheme which coach Bum Phillips used and was a Pro Bowl selection in seven straight seasons from 1976-1982. He also earned a spot on the NFL's All-Decade team of the 1970s.

    The 6-foot-4, 241-pound Brazile was one of the first players to rush quarterbacks from the outside linebacker position. Many, including Phillips, believe his work paved the way for the success of other stars at the position such as Lawrence Taylor, who was drafted six seasons after Brazile.

    Phillips, who died in 2013, was fond of saying that Brazile was "Lawrence Taylor before Lawrence Taylor."

    "Robert was the forerunner of the Lawrence Taylor era Dexter Manley Jersey ," Phillips said in a radio interview before his death. "They remember Lawrence Taylor, but Robert was a guy that proved that you could do that in the NFL. Everybody said 'You can't run a college defense in pro ball.' But you can, and we did."

    With running back Earl Campbell and quarterback Dan Pastorini leading the offense, Brazile headlined a defense that helped the Oilers to some of their most successful seasons. Houston reached the AFC championship game in consecutive seasons in 1978-79 before falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers both times.

    Brazile fondly remembers the throngs of 'Luv Ya Blue' fans, with most decked out in the team's signature powder blue duds, waiting to welcome the team home after those difficult losses. It's estimated that more than 55,000 fans filled the Astrodome for "homecoming rallies" after both defeats.

    "There are days and times now where I sit in the corner and just think about all the great memories about (those games) and the great turnout of people that supported us," he said. "I've just always wondered if we would have won ... against Pittsburgh, how many people would have been in the Astrodome."

    Brazile's early years with the Oilers were made special by the presence of Phillips, the cowboy-hat-wearing, folksy-talking Texan, who was fired after the team lost in the wild-card round in 1980.

    "Bum was such an organizer of men," Brazile said. "He treated us like his boys, but he also treated us like a man. We could go to Bum with any problem Patrick Onwuasor Jersey , anything that we had on our mind. We trusted in him and he trusted in us, and that's what made us so unique, that Luv Ya Blue group."

    Brazile spent his entire career with the Oilers, retiring after the 1984 season when he was 31. He is credited with 11 career sacks, but certainly had many more; sacks didn't become an official statistic until 1982.

    Brazile is a senior selection into the Hall of Fame, which honors those whose careers ended at least 25 years ago. After waiting so long to get the nod, Brazile can hardly wait for Saturday's induction.

    "I've got a grand speech for the Hall of Fame that I hope everyone enjoys," he said, "and I'm going to embrace it all."

    White Sox manager Rick Renteria has been talking with Yoan Moncada about his focus lately.

    The talented second baseman sure looked locked in on Sunday.

    Moncada broke out of a slump with a three-run homer and six RBIs, and the White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 10-3 for a split of their four-game series.

    ”Anytime you’re going through a rough moment, you have doubts, you have questions,” Moncada said through an interpreter. ”But when you keep working hard, you can answer those questions.

    ”I keep grinding and just working hard.”

    Daniel Palka and Yolmer Sanchez also connected for the White Sox Darrell Green Jersey , who had lost nine of 10. Carlos Rodon (1-2) pitched a season-high eight innings in his fourth start after missing the beginning of the year while recovering from shoulder surgery last September.

    Moncada, who hit .183 over the previous 35 games, gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead with a three-run double in the fifth. Moncada then scored on Avisail Garcia’s single, and Jose Abreu added another RBI single.

    Palka, Sanchez and Moncada all went deep in the sixth. Moncada belted a three-run drive for his 10th homer, making it 10-2 Chicago.

    ”I think he’s probably giving a little bit of a wakeup call to himself in terms of where he sees himself,” Renteria said. ”I think he’s also learned that truly you have to take every single pitch of a game into consideration because they all matter.

    ”I think he’s starting to realize that maybe I have to have a little bit more focus and intensity.”

    Oakland set a modern major league record when Mark Canha hit a drive to left on Rodon’s first pitch of the fifth, extending the A’s streak to 25 straight road games with a homer. Canha also opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the second.

    A’s right-hander Paul Blackburn (1-2) allowed six runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. He permitted only one baserunner through the first four, but got into trouble with two out in the fifth.

    The rally started with back-to-back singles by Omar Narvaez and Leury Garcia, and then Blackburn hit ninth hitter Adam Engel with a pitch.

    ”Garcia didn’t look very good on a couple changeups I threw. I threw another one that was a little up and he kind of flipped it over there (right field),” Blackburn said. ”Then I hit (Engel), and it was kind of downhill from there.”

    Rodon allowed two runs and seven hits. The eight innings matched his career high.

    ”It was good to go eight and just be ahead of guys,” Rodon said. ”There’s up and down days when you go through shoulder surgery or any kind of surgery for a player. You just have to work through it, try to make your way back.”

    ANOTHER STOP

    Well-traveled right-hander Edwin Jackson will be activated on Monday and start for Oakland at Detroit.

    The A’s will become his 13th major league team Authentic Erik Karlsson Jersey Kids , which ties retired right-hander Octavio Dotel for the major league record. The 34-year-old went 0-1 with a 4.02 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Nashville. He owns a 98-120 major league record and 4.67 ERA in 15 seasons.

    ”I’m probably the only guy in the clubhouse that has never met him, but I did earlier today,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.

    Outfielder Nick Martini will be sent to Triple-A Nashville to open a spot for Jackson on the roster.

    HISTORIC HOMER

    Melvin said the team celebrated Canha’s record-setting home run in the dugout.

    ”It’s nice to hang your hat on, but it certainly would have been a little better if we had won the game,” Melvin said.

    The previous record was set by the Orioles in 1996.

    TRAINER’S ROOM

    Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (sprained right foot) returned to the Bay Area to consult with team physicians. The injury is not believed to be related to his previous right foot injuries. ”We’ll probably know a little bit more in the next couple of days,” Melvin said. … INF Matt Chapman (right hand contusion) could have a cortisone shot in the wrist area on Monday and will sit out the Tigers series. He had an injection in his thumb last Monday. The hope is the trouble spot has been localized and he’ll be available on the next homestand.

    White Sox: RHP prospect Dane Dunning left his start Saturday for Double-A Birmingham with right elbow soreness, Renteria said. He will undergo an MRI.

    UP NEXT

    Athletics: Jackson will make his A’s debut in the opener of a four-game series in Detroit. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-0, 4.95 ERA) goes for the Tigers.

    White Sox: Following an off day, the White Sox begin a three-game set against visiting Minnesota on Tuesday. RHP Reynaldo Lopez (2-5, 3.59 ERA) opposes Twins RHP Lance Lynn (5-5, 4.64 ERA) in the opener.

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