George Atkinson III follows dad's path to Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - When George Atkinson III's name went uncalled through seven rounds of the NFL draft, there was no doubt where he would end up signing as an undrafted free agent.

Despite offers from several teams, Atkinson ultimately signed with the team he was always destined to join, following his famous father's footsteps to the Oakland Raiders.

Now more than a quarter century after George Atkinson Jr. terrorized Lynn Swann and dozens of other NFL wide receivers as a hard-hitting safety with the Raiders, his son is trying to make the team as a backup running back and special teams contributor.

Father and son knew this was a distinct possibility as the fifth round of the draft ended and no team had called.


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