PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — In its heyday, “The Black Hole”–better known as the Oakland Coliseum–was one of the toughest places to play in the NFL, and a lot of that had to do with the team playing in it.

However, with the evolution of the pro game, including increased concern over player health, the days of Jack Tatum raining devastating blows upon opposing wide receivers are over, as second-year Steeler and ninth-year veteran Jerricho Cotchery points out.

“Football has changed so much to where it’s about protecting guys when they go across the middle. Back then there weren’t too many rules to restrict guys from doing what they had to do to launch a guy to the ground,” Cotchery explained to 93.7 The Fan’s Joe Starkey on the South Side Thursday.

Cotchery, who reflected upon the mystique of the Raiders franchise, also tells Starkey he believes Ryan Clark is building a reputation as one of the toughest safeties in the NFL:

Kickoff between the Steelers and Raiders is set for 4:25 Sunday on KDKA-TV, with CBS Sports’ Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts on the call.

Listen to “Seibel, Starkey & Miller” Friday afternoon 2:00-6:00 for more Steelers-Raiders analysis.

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