When we lose a legend like Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, the true scope of his legacy can only be understood by those around him, and those who worked closely with him. One of those people is Raiders CEO Amy Trask, who took some time with the Rise Guys on 95.7 FM The Game to talk about what it means to be a part of the Legacy of one of the most influential men to ever grace the game of football. Trask spoke about the crazy interception at the end of the game by Michael Huff, and how they only had 10 players on the field; but possibly had the 11th taking part from the great beyond:
Just how emotional was the end of Oakland's Week 5 win over Houston:
"I don't know if I can even quite describe it to you. I can share with you one moment from Monday, the day after the game, when I saw a few of our players in the building, and they shared with me that we only had 10 men on the field for the final play of the game. When I heard our players on Monday share that we only had 10 men on the field, I looked at them and said ‘no, we had 11.'
The fans play such a crucial role in the vitality of a franchise, and the support shown by the Silver and Black nation will never be under appreciated:
Did watching the Raiders win a classic ‘Just Win, Baby' game the day after Davis' death give her any ‘comfort':
"I don't know if comfort is the right word. It was a very, very special moment. The moment I exited the field, the first person I saw was Willie Brown, and we shared a very special moment. Then to arrive back at our facility, and find what must have been more than 500 people lining the driveway with candles and signs - our fans there to share that moment with us was just indescribable."
Trask also talked about how the team plans to honor Al Davis during this Sunday's game against the Browns at the Coliseum:
On how the organization plans to pay tribute to Davis this Sunday:
"Well, we will open the game with a moment of silence, and that will be very, very special. And I know our fans love the tailgating experience; I love that experience, it's a tremendous, tremendous part of the Raider Nation culture. But I would encourage everyone that Sunday, rather than tailgating until that very, very last moment as our fans usually do, to close that tailgate just a bit earlier. I think you'll want to be in the stadium for that moment of silence, which will be just before the national anthem. Then throughout the game we will have moments, vignettes, opportunities for us to reflect on so many special moments over the last decades. And we have something special planned for halftime."
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