Sunday, October 16, 2011
'A labor of love' in Oakland
By Bill Williamson
OAKLAND -- It going to be a special day here.
As I walked through the parking for today's Raiders-Browns game, I saw several fans wearing customized t-shirts honoring late owner Al Davis. He died Oct. 8 at the age of 82. This is the Raiders’ first home game since Davis’ death.
Upon my arrival in the press box, I noticed that every Raiders’ employee (including coaches) was wearing a black t-shirt that simply had ”AL” printed on the front and the back. It is the same design of the helmet stickers the Raiders are wearing.
The team has several tributes planned for Davis Sunday including several in-house produced videos. There will be a halftime ceremony as well. The Raiders aren’t saying much of the tribute because they want their fans to be surprised. Several key former players are expected to be in attendance.
I got a chance to catch up with Amy Trask on Sunday morning. The Raiders’ CEO has been in charge of planning Sundays’ tribute in addition to running the team since Davis’ death.
“It’s been a labor of love,” Trask said. “We just want it to be very, very special.”