Al Davis' passing has rocked the NFL world this morning. Current Oakland Raiders learned of the news after a team meeting this morning in their Houston hotel, as they prepare to play the Texans tomorrow. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network broke the details after speaking to some members of the Raiders organization.
(Head Coach Hue) Jackson gathered the entire team following a special-teams meeting that took place at 9:30 a.m. CT.
"Coach was very emotional," one player said. "He was really, really close with Mr. Davis. It's really tough right now for the entire Raider organization."
Several players choked up when they heard the news. Even though Davis' health was declining, the news surprised them. Davis had "an open-door policy" with players, they said, and many had regular conversations with the owner.
"We had his number, and he was always willing to talk to us about whatever was on your mind," one player told me.
Tributes and acknowledgements are trickling in from current Raider players since through Twitter.
Raiders defensive tackle Lamarr Houston
Raiders linebacker Jarvis Moss
Raiders tight end Kevin Brock
Raiders running back Michael Bush
Raiders running back Rock Cartwright
Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt
Raiders cornerback Chimdi Chekwa
Raiders cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke
Raiders fullback Marcel Reece
Raiders wide receiver Louis Murphy
Raiders safety Mike Mitchell
Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor
Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey
Raiders tight end Kevin Boss
Raiders safety Tyvon Branch
Raiders defensive end Kamerion Wimbley
Raiders running back Darren McFadden
Raiders wide receiver Nick Miller