Raiders honor Davis by just winning
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 7:02 pm
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — The Oakland Raiders wore decals on their helmets to honor Raiders’ owner Al Davis during their game Sunday against the Texans and left Houston with a 25-20 win.
The stickers on the back of the helmets read ‘AL’ in silver letters over the black Raiders shield.
Davis died Saturday at his home in Oakland, Calif. He was 82.
“That’s all he was ever interested in was winning, this organization, the Raiders,” coach Hue Jackson said. “This man bleeds silver and black. He is what the Raiders are all about. I will still hear him every step of the way and we’re going to miss him.”
The Raiders and Texans also observed a moment of silence for Davis before the game.
The teams and fans paused for the moment while a short video of Davis was shown on the video board. Most Raiders players kept their heads down and a few clasped hands as the video was shown.
The Raiders won three Super Bowls for their Hall of Fame owner.
Former Oakland coach Tom Flores, in Houston as part of the Raiders’ radio broadcast, reflected on his time working for Davis.
“He wanted to be that maverick,” Flores said. “He was always that ‘me against the world’ type of guy. He was a tough guy to work for. I worked for him for a long time. But he also worked with you. When John (Madden) and I coached with him for 19 years, we won three Super Bowls for him.” Published in The Messenger 10.10.11