Saturday, October 8, 2011
More on Raiders owner Al Davis
By Bill Williamson
Here are some more notes on the death of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, who died Saturday at the age of 82:
There will be a moment of silence before every NFL game Sunday in Davis’ honor. It should be an emotional scene in Houston where the Raiders play the Texans.
Here is a string of emotional tweets from Oakland players and other who are reacting to the loss of Davis.
The Oakland Tribune has a nice collection of statements about Davis from around the NFL.
The Raiders made a personnel move on the day Davis died. Linebacker Ricky Brown was put on the injured reserve with a concussion. Fullback Manase Tonga was promoted from the practice squad. He could play Sunday with fullback Marcel Reece questionable with an ankle injury.
The death of Raiders owner Al Davis has SportsNation remembering what he did for the NFL, Raider Nation and some great AFC West rivalries. Read them and share yours.
Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft -- whose team was the last to play Davis’ team -- issued this statement Saturday night:
“I was deeply saddened to learn of Al Davis’ death this morning. Al was an American Football League pioneer and a legendary Hall of Fame contributor to the National Football League. He was one of the first owners to welcome me into the NFL in 1994, which was a great thrill for me personally and an introduction that I will never forget. I always admired his passion for the game and enjoyed listening to his historical account of some of the game’s most memorable moments. He had a unique style and a certain aura about him that would be hard to ever replicate. When engaged in any discussion, he always spoke with great conviction and could be very persuasive.
“We shared a bond as two Massachusetts natives in the NFL, something that he pointed out to me in that initial introduction. I feel fortunate to have spent time with him just last Sunday before our game against the Raiders. Not knowing when I would see him again, I told him how much I appreciated all he had done for the game of football and thanked him for all that he had done for me. He informed me of the Raiders’ plans to honor my sweetheart with a moment of silence before our game, which was a touching and heartfelt gesture. Little did I know that just one week later, we would be doing the same in his honor. It’s very sad.
“On behalf of the entire Kraft family, I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Davis family, the Oakland Raiders organization and all of the Raiders fans who are mourning his loss. His presence will be missed, but his legacy will live forever.”