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RAIDER NATION: BEHIND THE MAKEUP

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Joseph Cervantes, 35

Photograph By Matthias Clamer for ESPN The Magazine

AKA: Raider Chaos
Newport Beach, Calif.
National operations manager for a security integrator
Character est.: 1993
Prep time: 25 to 45 minutes

"When the Raiders moved to L.A., where I lived, the team attracted a new element of fans from neighboring South Central, home to a lot of low-priced housing. Throw in characters like me and all hell breaks loose. But many of us are distinguished people in our community, with high-paying jobs. The true Raider Nation isn't about making trouble; it's about undying loyalty to this organization. Win, lose or tie, Raiders 'til we die."