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RAIDER NATION: BEHIND THE MAKEUP

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Mark Acasio, 44

Photograph By Matthias Clamer for ESPN The Magazine

AKA: Gorilla Rilla
Brentwood, Calif.
Owner of a custom landscaping business
Character est.: 1996
Prep time: 25 minutes

"I saw the suit at a yard sale for $19 and thought, Yes! The gorilla protects his family, and Raider Nation is my family. Now I'm the official Black Hole mascot. But we're not just dressing up, we're giving back. That's why Gorilla does over 50 charity events per year. Like Grandma's quilt, we all come in different threads, but when we come together we're one, strong, beautiful knot."