The Man Behind The Raiders

Michael WilliamsContributor IApril 15, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 23:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis speaks during a news conference introducing new Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin on January 23, 2007 in Oakland, California. Kiffin, a 31 year-old offensive coordinator from the University of Southern California, was named as the new head coach to replace Art Shell who was fired after going 2-14 for the season.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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For the twenty one years I've been alive and longer, Al Davis has done everything good, bad, and ugly for the Oakland Raiders. Like it or not, he is the face of the Oakland Raiders. I remember when my father finally bought a printer for the computer, the first picture I printed out was Al Davis with his Raider jacket on. I posted it on my notebook to show my Raider pride. I attended school in West Virginia so nobody my age knew who he was, but i didn't care. He was my hero. Yet in more recent years, myself and a lot of other Raider fans have been angry and throwing rocks at him for the way that he's been running the Oakland Raiders. I never hear anything good said about him anymore. I read where people want him to go ahead and die and things of the nature and I'm guilty to have said some negative remarks as well. The Raiders used to be a winning team and now they have gone downhill and we blame Al. With every move he has made for the Raiders I try to see his point of view and just hope it was a smart move. I know Al at one point knew what he was doing, and to think about it, he's doing what a general manager does, take chances on guys they like the best and hope they go out there and win. The Raiders just haven't been as lucky. I'm writing this because I found that picture the other day and remembered when he used to be my hero. He is the reason I started bleeding silver and black, and I've just been blaming him for every mistake the Raiders make. Al Davis I apologize. Things have changed in the NFL, but you haven't. Maybe that is why the Raiders are where they are now, but you will always be Al Davis.