A poker game yielded more than good eats and cash winnings for KJ Monroe.
He scored some Raiders gear.
The father of 2012 Bee Player of the Year Brandon Monroe of Del Oro High School, Monroe took up a conversation with a strength coach with the Raiders. Monroe learned that a lot of Raiders players discard cleats and practice pants after OTA and mini-camp sessions. Monroe was invited to stop the Raiders headquarters on Friday afternoon to pick up a box of gear - 15 pairs of cleats and just as many practice pants.
He delivered the goods to first-year Foothill coach Tim Trokey, whose brother Mike played for Monroe 20 years ago when he coached high school ball in Southern California.
"The Raiders giving back to the community," Monroe said. "Some of these cleats have only been used a few times. The kids can use these. Money's tight at some of these schools."
Monroe plans to make a lot of Bay Area trips this fall. Brandon Monroe will play safety for San Jose State, a rising program that went 11-2 last fall, its best season since 1940, when Pop Warner served as an advisory coach.
Brandon was a 1,500-yard rusher for Del Oro last fall, despite missing four games with a knee strain. In the Team USA versus Team Canada All-Star game this spring, Monroe earned MVP honors with 250 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 29-14 victory.
His drive to return to action as a senior and to help the team in any way possible drew accolades from across the region, and he was named the Character Combine Student/Athlete of the Year for such leadership.
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