The Raiders' colorful owner, Al Davis, made him one of the NFL's first strength-and-conditioning coaches.
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Whistles trill and coaches bark, mothers camp in folding chairs in the welcoming shade of the school building, younger siblings romp.
Fathers hover on the periphery, wincing with every missed tackle and dropped pass.
He is six foot five, 212 pounds, the same as when he reported for duty twenty-one years ago as a redshirt freshman quarterback at the University of Southern California, the Touchdown Club's 1987 national high school player of the year. He once told a reporter in jest that he enjoyed surfing naked at a spot near a nuclear power plant.
The press dubbed him Robo Quarterback; he was the total package. Thereafter, among his other transgressions — nine arrests, five felonies, a year in jail — he would be known derisively for naked surfing.
Nearly seventy, he has bull shoulders and a nimbus of curly gray hair. In about a minute, he has summarized the entire first half of his life. "Correctamundo," Todd replies, at ease now, playing to the crowd, not really thinking about what's coming next — which has always been his biggest strength and maybe also his biggest weakness. Todd was the quarterback, a twig figure with flaming-orange hair.