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.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has 247,000 Twitter followers and, given his popularity in the Bay Area, it’s assumed a significant portion stems from this region.
Carr put that megaphone to good use.
Oakland Police sent out an Amber Alert on Saturday hoping to find a young boy gone missing, and Carr retweeted that call for public assistance.
The boy was quickly found after a citizen replied on Twitter and provided information that led to the rescue.
That led an Oakland police officer to credit Carr for helping find the boy.
Carr responded to the news on social media, happy police were able to find a missing child.
Injury issues bookended Karl Joseph’s rookie year. The Raiders brought their first-round strong safety along slowly while recovering from ACL surgery, keeping him out of defensive action during 2016’s first two games. He missed four at regular-season’s end with a toe injury.
In the middle he played just fine. Joseph was solid against the run and impactful playing deep, allowing him and veteran Reggie Nelson to remain unpredictable in deep coverage.
Joseph finished the year with 60 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.
That was good enough for recognition on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team, which was released on Tuesday following a vote of the association’s membership.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa were the offensive and defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.