report: Las Vegas gathering to honor Al Davis

July 2, 2012, 5:32 pm
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There was a dramatic victory in Houston the day after his passing, a moving tribute that included John Madden lighting a ceremonial flame at the Coliseum and a private family service for Al Davis, but the relentless pace of the NFL -- as well as a new GM, head coach and the NFL Draft -- has no doubt made it challenging for those closest to the former Raiders owner to get together and reflect on the legend.

According to Len Pasquarelli of the news service The Sports Xchange, there will be a gathering in honor of the NFL Hall of Famer in Las Vegas next week.

This item was included in a notes column known as The Friday Tip Sheet::
It will be a very quiet gathering, but The Sports Xchange has learned that family members and longtime friends and associates will get together in Las Vegas next week for a memorial to late Oakland owner Al Davis, who died Oct. 8.

Davis led the Raiders to wins in Super Bowl XI, Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVIII. He is known for many trend-setting moves but chief among them was Davis' decision to hire the first African American head coach, Art Shell, and a female chief executive, Amy Trask. He also hired Tom Flores, the second Latino head coach in league history.

Davis died early in the morning of Oct. 8 2011.