I wanted to put a player on the list and there were many to choose from, but Darrius Heyward-Bey symbolizes the transition to the New Era. DHB was your prototypical Al Davis player with his size, speed and did I mention he is fast?
Mr. Davis shocked the world when he took the raw, but fast receiver with the seventh overall pick in 2009. He was the No. 1 receiver taken in the draft and many didn't have him rated as a top five receiving prospect heading into the draft.
Nobody questioned his speed, but everyone questioned his ability to catch the ball and mocked him as the seventh overall pick. His first two years were tough as he only recorded 35 receptions for 490 yards and two touchdowns. He was plagued with drops and many still questioned his ability to be a receiver in the league.
One thing nobody can ever question about Heyward-Bey is his work ethic, dedication and his will to never give up. In 2011 he caught 64 passes for 975 yards and four touchdowns.
He led the Raiders in receptions and receiving yards, he was the second leading receiver in the AFC West, and only one receiver drafted in 2009 had more yards than DHB.
Not only did he show improvement and his ability to be a receiver in this league, but he showed what the New Era is all about, hard work, being the best you can be and never giving up.
In the game after Al Davis passed away, he caught seven passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. He dedicated the game and the rest of the season to the man that believed in him. DHB is the face of the New Era and he'll continue to show why he is, as his career continues to blossom.