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August 9, 1987 | MARK HEISLER
The new No. 1 Raider quarterback, Rusty Hilger, threw two quick interceptions and four incompletions on his first eight passes in a controlled scrimmage Saturday, then rallied to finish with 7 completions in 16 attempts, including a long scoring pass to Chris Woods. Marc Wilson, running the second unit, was 6 for 10, including two long strikes to Mervyn Fernandez. Woods and Fernandez are the receivers the Raiders signed out of the Canadian Football League in the off-season.
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December 30, 1995
As a longtime Los Angeles Raider fan, I feel vindicated. The Raiders did better in 1994 in the Los Angeles Coliseum than in 1995 in the Oakland Coliseum. I suggest that Al Davis and Nolan Harrison reconsider where they point their fingers of blame. During the late 1980s and early '90s, the only aspect of the team that did not change was top management. That is the same management that brought us Marc Wilson, David Humm, Rusty Hilger, Jay Schroeder and Todd Marinovich. The same management that benched Marcus Allen and traded away Jim Lachey.
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November 1, 1990 | Associated Press
Quarterback Rusty Hilger, the former Raider who hasn't thrown a regular-season pass since 1988, was signed Wednesday by the Indianapolis Colts. Hilger fills a vacancy on the roster created when Jack Trudeau suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sunday's 27-7 loss to Miami. . . . Tampa Bay Buccaneer owner Hugh Culverhouse says Ray Perkins will return as coach in 1991 regardless of how many games the team wins the second half of this season.
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October 17, 1991 | Associated Press
For Green Bay Packer Coach Lindy Infante, it already has been a bear of a season. The Packers have lost five of their first six games, the offense Infante designed is sputtering, the fans are griping and now he must find a way in Green Bay tonight (4:30 PDT) to beat his team's oldest rival, the Chicago Bears (4-2), who have lost two in a row. "Any time you play the Bears it's special, whether you play at 8 in the morning or 6:30 at night or any time in between," said Infante.
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September 17, 1987 | MARK HEISLER, Times Staff Writer
It's another week, another challenge for 25-year-old Russell (Rusty) Hilger, who, in the latest Raider Quarterback Controversy, plays the part of the Controversee. His bruised left shoulder is mending, he's still taking snaps with the first team and if his prospects are being debated, he's still No. 1.
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April 29, 1989
The NFL's recent snubbing of USC's talented quarterback, Rodney Peete, during its draft was compounded by the Raiders' questionable sixth-round selection of the immortal Jeff Francis of Tennessee (one pick before Detroit selected Peete). I know Al Davis was burned in his previous attempt to turn a sixth-rounder into a competent quarterback (see Rusty Hilger), but Peete's no sixth-rounder. DONNIE G. WALLACE Downey
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January 2, 1988
This armchair quarterback would like to award the two great minds of the Raiders, Messrs. Davis and Flores, a set of goat horns for not allowing Vince Evans a chance to replace two certified losers, Rusty Hilger and Marc Wilson. Vince is a talented gamer who can make things happen and he deserved a lot more than bench splinters this season. BILL RETCHIN La Quinta
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January 3, 1987
Please, please start Rusty Hilger next year. It's obvious from his performance against Indianapolis that he has all the attributes of a top quarterback without experience. The only way he can get that is to play. I would rather watch him make mistakes in games, knowing he will get better, than watch a formerly great but, let's face it, old Jim Plunkett struggle, or a supposed veteran Marc Wilson make bonehead mistakes. So, hire Plunkett as the quarterback coach, dump Wilson and play Hilger.
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November 1, 1990 | Associated Press
Quarterback Rusty Hilger, the former Raider who hasn't thrown a regular-season pass since 1988, was signed Wednesday by the Indianapolis Colts. Hilger fills a vacancy on the roster created when Jack Trudeau suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sunday's 27-7 loss to Miami. . . . Tampa Bay Buccaneer owner Hugh Culverhouse says Ray Perkins will return as coach in 1991 regardless of how many games the team wins the second half of this season.
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October 31, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Quarterback Rusty Hilger, who hasn't thrown a regular-season pass since 1988, was signed today by the Indianapolis Colts. Hilger fills a vacancy on the roster created when Jack Trudeau suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sunday's 27-7 loss to Miami. Trudeau, who goes on the injured reserve list, will have surgery on his right knee when the swelling subsides. Hilger, who has played in 22 NFL games, was a sixth-round draft pick of the Raiders in 1985.
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April 29, 1989
The NFL's recent snubbing of USC's talented quarterback, Rodney Peete, during its draft was compounded by the Raiders' questionable sixth-round selection of the immortal Jeff Francis of Tennessee (one pick before Detroit selected Peete). I know Al Davis was burned in his previous attempt to turn a sixth-rounder into a competent quarterback (see Rusty Hilger), but Peete's no sixth-rounder. DONNIE G. WALLACE Downey
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August 30, 1988 | MARK HEISLER, Times Staff Writer
Another one bit the dust. Rusty Hilger, who couldn't ride the tiger of the Raiders' No. 1 quarterback position last season and who was dropped from the picture before this one, disappeared from the roster Monday. Also cut was Bob Buczkowski, meaning that in one training camp, the Raiders have cashed in three of their last four No. 1 picks. Neither move was a surprise. Hilger, who zoomed into and out of favor, started getting the bad news a month ago.
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December 30, 1995
As a longtime Los Angeles Raider fan, I feel vindicated. The Raiders did better in 1994 in the Los Angeles Coliseum than in 1995 in the Oakland Coliseum. I suggest that Al Davis and Nolan Harrison reconsider where they point their fingers of blame. During the late 1980s and early '90s, the only aspect of the team that did not change was top management. That is the same management that brought us Marc Wilson, David Humm, Rusty Hilger, Jay Schroeder and Todd Marinovich. The same management that benched Marcus Allen and traded away Jim Lachey.
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August 17, 1987 | RICH ROBERTS
Coach Tom Flores concedes that Rusty Hilger "has to improve." Certainly, if Hilger is going to play quarterback for the Raiders, he must learn to entrust the ball to guys who can hold onto it. Hilger completed only 5 of 13 passes for 71 yards and produced only 10 points in the first half of Saturday night's 42-16 opening summer stumble against the San Francisco 49ers. "But if we hadn't turned the ball over he might have generated more than he did," Flores said.
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July 26, 1988 | MARK HEISLER, Times Staff Writer
If it's July, the Raiders must be trying to select a quarterback. Thus, every time one drops back to pass in this camp, the writers whisper among themselves and the odds on the quarterback tote board blink again. Vince Evans, 3-2. Heartwarming tale, as long as it lasts. Steve Beuerlein, 2-1. Quarterback of the future, which may have to be now. Jim Plunkett, 5-2. They sort of suggested that he retire, but they didn't actually drive a stake through his heart, and he's rising from his crypt again.
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