Oakland/L.A. Raider Lester Hayes Signing Autographs for Charity at Concord K-Mart

December 14, 2013 16:35 pm · 37 comments


Former Oakland/L.A. Raider & two-time Super Bowl Champion Lester Hayes is at the K-Mart on Clayton Rd. in Concord signing autographs until 9pm tonight.

All proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Hayes will also be at Concord K-Mart on Sunday from 3pm-9pm.

Thanks to Jim for the picture!


1 Alisha December 14, 2013 at 4:58 PM

This is obviously for a good cause, but I’m rather turned off by former athletes at discount stores.

I ran into Bubba Smith at Wal-Mart in Martinez last year, and he told me “God loves football players more.”

Even if he was kidding, I’m a Christian, and he’s a pastor. I didn’t find it very funny.

2 Vindex December 14, 2013 at 5:40 PM


3 CV Resident December 14, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Sadly, Bubba passed away in August 2011

4 Steve H December 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Judge not, lest ye be judged.

5 Schmee December 14, 2013 at 6:53 PM

They get hit a lot in the head. Give them a break. Besides they only mention God when they win but don’t curse him when they lose.

6 Jojo Potato December 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

1980, Super Bowl XV. Hayes named defensive player of the year. 1981, the NFL banned stickum. Remember how he used to be covered in that stuff? Still, we love you anyway, Lester.

7 Keith December 14, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I think Alisha is referring to Bubba Paris, but hey, I don’t expect the ladies to know their Bubba’s.

St. Jude’s is very worthy cause. I hope a lot of money is raised.

8 NRA #1 fan and member December 14, 2013 at 8:38 PM

IMHO, not worth wasting precious diesel fuel to go see at Kmart

9 Rich December 14, 2013 at 8:44 PM

The Clayton Valley Concord Sunrise Rotary Club will be bell ringing
for The Salvation Army Concord Cord @ KMART on Sunday from
9am – 5pm as part of the annual Club service weekend.

10 Lost and Happy December 14, 2013 at 9:24 PM

@Schmee… truth!!

11 Luke December 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Some Christians have a sense of humor #1, last time I checked.

12 dumb guy December 15, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Lester Hayes and Mike Haynes—Best defensive back shutdown tandem of all time. Wish we had them now.

13 SafetyFirst! December 15, 2013 at 3:10 AM

Best be careful in the kmart shopping center! Hope he protected those rings

14 KooKooKaChoo December 15, 2013 at 6:53 AM

(eyeroll @1)

Everyone knows God loves baseball players more cuz they get bigger contracts.

15 judaspriest December 15, 2013 at 7:21 AM

never heard of him

16 Julie December 15, 2013 at 7:45 AM


It’s a tacky thing for a pastor to say. Bubba Paris is a pastor.

If he wasn’t a pastor, and just a retired football player, it might be funny. I don’t think it’s funny either. Pastors should be telling people that God loves everybody.

Or not mention it at all at Wal-Mart. You have to be a practicing Christian to understand.

On my way to church…….

17 Connie Dobbs December 15, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Well, Alisha, football players pray more often than you do.

18 @Julie #16 December 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Let she who hath not sinned cast the first stone.

19 Beacon December 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Good to see Mr. Hayes is out there doing something good for the community. I didn’t make it to see him last night, but I would have if I didn’t already have plans. I could have never gotten close enough to shake his hand when he was playing for the Raiders.

20 Allen December 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Just ’cause you may go to church doesn’t necessarily make you a Christian.

21 Keith December 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM

@ Connie Dobbs-17

How would you know how often someone prays, whether it’s football players or Alisha?

22 Miguel December 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

@ Allen……..(20)

If you go to a Christian church, you’re a Christian.

We’re all sinners. Quit expecting all Christians to be perfect.

23 Miguel #22 December 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Going to a Christian church makes you a Christian? What about following the well defined teachings of Jesus every day, 24/7? Many people proclaim themselves Christians, not many actually are.

24 Silva December 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I was in that store last Thursday. I didn’t see or hear anything about Mr. Hayes upcoming event. Sorry I missed it! Hope there was a good turn out.

25 Bridgett December 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

@Miguel #22 (23)

As a Christian, I agree with Miguel. Going to a Christian church does make you a Christian, but not all Christians are “right with God”.

Churches are hospitals for sinners, not museums for Saints. if you’ve never heard that expression, you’re obviously not a Christian.

Our pastor reminds us of that, and to be “true followers of Christ.”

26 Connie Dobbs December 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Well, Keith, you certainly set me straight. Thank God you’re here.

27 Allen December 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Seems to me there’s a good bit more to being Christian than going to a Christian church. It’s a lifestyle. I wish there were more practicing Christians than those just proclaiming so.

28 Rollo Tomasi December 15, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Hope this clears up some of the debate, from the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

“a : one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ”

Pretty broad definition. Many people love to invent their own definition of the word.

29 Allen December 15, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Oh, I stand corrected. You only have to PROFESS belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ to be a Christian! Thanks Rollo. So convenient for everyone!

30 JRConcord December 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM

This article is about good work for charity, got nuthin to do with god.

31 ex94521 December 15, 2013 at 4:39 PM

you never hear of Lester Hayes?!?!?!?!

32 ex94521 December 15, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Sorry, “heard.”

33 From the Left December 15, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Back in the day, he was known as “Lester the Molester”.

Of course, that wouldn’t be popular today because it would be offensive to those who have been charged or convicted of child abuse. Just think how bad it would make them feel.

34 Rollo Tomasi December 15, 2013 at 5:53 PM


I didn’t write the definition.

35 Beacon December 15, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Y’all keep it up and the Mayor will have to start a “Talk about religion” post. Opinions would likely be every bit as polarized as those on the Politics post.

36 Steve December 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I hope he raised a lot of money for St. Jude’s Hospital. I can’t think of a more worthy organization.

37 Sam December 16, 2013 at 2:25 PM

There are so many worthwhile causes, to help rescue innocent victims, be it nature’s wildlife, children beset upon by cancer, etc., etc.; “BE BIGGER THAN YOURSELF”, donate a few dollars, to any of these worthwhile causes. Thank You

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