Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Raiders mourn death of Ben Davidson
By Bill Williamson
During a week the Oakland Raiders are honoring the late Al Davis, one of Davis’ most colorful former players has died. Ben Davidson was 72.
Davidson, a defensive lineman who played for the Raiders from 1964-71, joined the Raiders organization a year following Davis's arrival.
A fan favorite, Davidson was a three-time AFL All-Star and appeared in Super Bowl II with the Raiders. Also, the 6-foot-8 Davidson appeared in several movies after his retirement from the NFL.
I’m sure Davidson’s loss will be remembered as several former Raiders’ players and coaches gather in Las Vegas this week to remember Oakland's former owner, who would have turned 83 Wednesday.
In other AFC West news:
— The Chargers don’t think they are any closer to moving to Los Angeles now that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has recently told teams the league is moving closer to a relocation for one franchise. Still, the Chargers are considered one of the favorites, along with the Raiders, to move to L.A. The Chargers are trying to get a new stadium in San Diego.
— Drew Brees’ San Diego days helped him win a grievance on Tuesday.
— As part of a ticket program, the Raiders are donating more than $54,000 to the Oakland Unified School District. Congrats and kudos to all for the fine program.