Oakland Raiders' Amy Trask Is Cheered on by Other Emerging Leaders

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIMarch 3, 2011

Let's just say that I got lucky and discovered an article on women in the NFL. Once again, the uniqueness and even greatness of the Oakland Raiders is obvious. The Oakland Raiders' franchise is led, in part, by a woman who is smart and who worked her way up the ranks in the NFL.

Of course, someone had to hire her. Someone had to have a vision and foresight. Guess who that visionary is? Al Davis, of course.

Now, if the NFL would come up with an accolade to celebrate the historical move of placing Amy Trask as an NFL CEO, then the Oakland Raiders would acquire another trophy.

What would you name that trophy? Suggestions are encouraged and should be posted.

I say call it "The Al Davis Trophy" for outstanding women in the NFL franchises.

One thing is certain. The Oakland Raiders mindset is fearless and firm in giving those who qualify an opportunity to do a job. Can we say that of some of the other 31 teams?

Yes, there are more than about 80 women in jobs in the collection of 32 teams, but no team, to date, has placed a woman as high in rank as Trask.

Doesn't that tell you something about Al Davis and his leadership? He dares to do the right thing.

If you want to have integrity in America and in NFL sports you must remove some of the hindrances to women in male-dominated professions, especially in the NFL.

More women should aspire to become writers in the world of sports, including making contributions to the Bleacher Report website.

I know about male dominance in studies at the doctoral level in mathematics. It is fierce. It is competitive. It is dominated by men, but women are making breakthroughs.

Parallel to the breakthroughs in the professions that require women and men to have fine minds and discipline, there must be more advances and a crushing, crumbling and tackling of barriers in the NFL.

It is very good that Trask is a CEO, but since she has held that post for some time now, why haven't other teams had the foresight and courage to add others to the zenith position of management of an NFL team? That's something to think about.

Here are the names of some women who are doing a good job in the NFL. The logical thing to consider in a place that cries out, "Freedom and justice for all" is to add more women to the top positions of the NFL. A partial list is posted:

Kelli Masters                                                             

                                                                                                                                           Dawn Aponte

                                                                                                                                                 Kristen Kuliga

                                                                                                                                                          Amy Trask

                                                                                                                    "As CEO of the Oakland Raiders, Amy is not simply a gatekeeper. She is truly owner Al Davis’s right-hand man. Widely regarded as the most powerful woman in sports, Trask began her career with the Raiders very early on, as an intern while still in law school at the University of Southern California. She prides herself on having climbed up the ladder to where she sits today, working alongside an NFL owner to manage every aspect of running a team. Amy is not a successful businesswoman who happens to work in footballshe is an NFL executive in every sense."

                                                                                                                                                     Katie Blackburn

                                                                                                                                            Linda Bogdan

"Sadly, Linda passed away last April at the age of 61. However, in her lifetime, she opened a huge door for women in the NFL by becoming the league’s first female scout. Daughter of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Linda asked her father for an official scouting position after occasionally assisting the Bills for several years. She was, as she said, “tired of too many 2-14 seasons.” Though, like Blackburn, she did take advantage of her family connections, it was her love of football and tenacity that earned her the title of VP and Assistant Director of College Scouting."

                                                                                                                                                     Rita LeBlanc  



Finally, is there a protege of Trask who will follow in her footsteps once her season is complete? Think about it!

And finally, let's ask, "Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who will join Amy Trask as a CEO in the NFL?"

Go Raiders! Continue to set all types of records in the NFL and in America.

It just seems only right that more women should write about the NFL, too, since women are making their mark in other professions and sports activities.

Thanks, Al Davis, for being a visionary and for your openmindedness in the NFL and in America, in general.