Hall-of-Fame running back Marcus Allen will put aside his differences with the Oakland Raiders franchise and light the flame that will burn in honor of late owner Al Davis on Sunday vs. Pittsburgh, reports Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com.
Allen, the 1982 No. 1 pick of the then-Los Angeles Raiders was at odds with Davis over lack of playing time, among other seemingly trivial issues, during 11 seasons in Los Angeles. He was the Super Bowl XVIII MVP and and NFL MVP during a spectacular 1985 campaign.
But he would somehow fall out of favor with Davis as a Raider, with the reasons being especially cryptic. When entertainer Ice Cube asked Davis about it in an interview for a 2010 documentary, "Straight Outta LA," he asked Davis if Allen was a true Raider.
"At one time he was," said Davis. "Yeah, he was."
After being pressed on the matter and asked why Allen's situation was handled the way it was, he said to Ice Cube, "It's a deeper story than you even dream, that I was well aware of, and I just got a certain approach to life."
All of that will be forgotten as Allen will honor Davis Sunday in spite of those unfortunate circumstances.
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