Tommie Smith to light torch on Monday Night Football in Mexico City

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Tommie Smith, the 1968 Olympic 200m champion who was part of the raised-fist podium salute in Mexico City, will light a torch in the Mexican capital before Monday night’s game between the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans.

Smith will light a torch in memory of longtime Raiders owner Al Davis. It’s a team tradition for a torch to be lit before every Raiders home game. Davis died in 2011.

“This is a very, very historic moment for me,” Smith said, according to ESPN.com, which reported this trip will be Smith’s second to Mexico since 1968. “To do it for the Raiders — I have a lot of respect for the things that they do. The Raiders have always been out in front in terms of change. They were always called a renegade team.”

Monday’s game will be played at the Estadio Azteca, which hosted not track and field but the men’s soccer final at the 1968 Olympics.

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