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

Tommie Smith, John Carlos

FILe - In this Oct. 16, 1968, file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos stare downward while extending gloved hands skyward during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Australian silver medalist Peter Norman is at left. Smith and Carlos, the American sprinters whose raised-fist salutes at the 1968 Olympics are an ageless sign of race-inspired protest, will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House next week for its meeting with President Barack Obama. Smith and Carlos were sent home from the Olympics after raising their black-gloved fists in a symbolic protest during the U.S. national anthem. They called it a ``human rights salute.’' The USOC asked them to serve as ambassadors as it tries to make its own leadership more diverse. (AP Photo/File)

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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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