Danny Elzner, the sports director at KETK TV in Tyler, Texas might just be the most knowledgeable source on football matters in the eastern half of the state. He is also bursting with insights about new Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn with whom he shares a hometown.
When I asked Elzner, who’s been with the NBC affiliate for the past 19 years, if Flynn is ready to be a starter in the NFL he assured me:
“Flynn is going to make Oakland matter again.”
He added: “The Raiders are one of the great franchises in the NFL, and they are trying to carve out a brand new identity.”
“What an untapped resource you’re looking at in Flynn.”
“He’s a great kid, a great leader, and a quiet leader.”
His senior year at Robert E. Lee High School, Flynn took his team four games deep into the playoffs, and he played all four of those games with a broken bone in his right foot. That was the furthest that Lee, which had never been known as a football powerhouse, had ever gone in the playoffs at that poi...