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Trask’s message to organization: “Let us all be Raiders”

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After the passing of long-time Raiders owner Al Davis, team CEO Amy Trask sent an email to all employees with a simple message.

The message, a copy of which PFT has obtained, is simple but potent:  “During this indescribably difficult time, let us all reflect upon what it means to be a Raider — let us all reflect upon how privileged we are to be Raiders — and let us all be Raiders.”

That’s surely what Al Davis would want.  Every member of the organization, top to bottom, and every fan of the team, approaching their lives with the same spirit and commitment that characterized his life.

Though the passing of the man who set that tone will create at least some short-term confusion and uncertainty as to the path the organization will take, adherence to those principles will ensure that, over the long-term, the Raiders will continue to be a unique and important part of the National Football League.

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41 Responses to “Trask’s message to organization: “Let us all be Raiders””
  1. mataug says: Oct 8, 2011 2:10 PM

    aka Just Win Baby

  2. invaiduh says: Oct 8, 2011 2:18 PM

    RAIDERNATION….A.D.

  3. RaiderMight says: Oct 8, 2011 2:25 PM

    Great message from Amy to the Raiders.

  4. jabroni1 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:30 PM

    As a Raiders fan I am very sad for the loss of Al. That being said, A lot of the criticism Al took for taking on hardluck cases shows what a true humanitarian Al was to the NFL. There is a big difference between giving someone a second or third opportunity to stay in the NFL than say an other team that just ignores the issues and doesn’t create an environment to keep orange jersey’s out of mugshots. The NFL should tip their cap to one of the greatest businessman in NFL history.

  5. derekjetersmansion says: Oct 8, 2011 2:31 PM

    Not to be insensitive, but are the Raiders moved to the front line for Los Angeles?

  6. kd75 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:37 PM

    I wonder is the Raiders come out fired up and cover the +6 1/2 in Houston tomorrow…

  7. rdrs68 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    We are THE Nation!

  8. edmazeing1 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    Huge game sunday Just Win Raiders!!!

  9. boover3 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:40 PM

    The NFL is a better product when teams like the Packers, Steelers, Cowboys and the Raiders are good. R.I.P. Al Davis.

  10. huejackson says: Oct 8, 2011 2:41 PM

    Fired up? I would bet my house that the Raiders are going to destroy Houston…
    Take the Raiders to win the superbowl now

  11. bricketh says: Oct 8, 2011 2:47 PM

    Not a good day for the NFL, even though I don’t like the Raiders. It is hard to imagine the NFL without Al Davis’ involvement.

    Do the Raiders have a succession plan? I have never heard of anyone that would step into the void left my Davis if something were to happen. Does family step in? The next-in-line of percent of ownership, or is it a fire-sale?

  12. wcman says: Oct 8, 2011 2:48 PM

    Truly a legendary man in the annuls of NFL history. As a longtime Raider fan I am grateful for all the great things Al Davis did for this game and the fans of his team around the world. You were an icon Al and you will be greatly missed.

  13. wcman says: Oct 8, 2011 2:49 PM

    @bricketh,

    His son will take over ownership. It remains to be seen what they will do in regards to a GM.

  14. kpierce12 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:57 PM

    on a side note the oak raiders have decided to change the philosophy .. they will be drafting and signing players that have skill, talent , potential…. and not just a 4.40 40 time

  15. jabroni1 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:59 PM

    “Not a good day for the NFL, even though I don’t like the Raiders. It is hard to imagine the NFL without Al Davis’ involvement.

    Do the Raiders have a succession plan? I have never heard of anyone that would step into the void left my Davis if something were to happen. Does family step in? The next-in-line of percent of ownership, or is it a fire-sale?”

    I am sure the team will be kept in the family. If so then lookout LA were coming home!

  16. keeponhating says: Oct 8, 2011 3:01 PM

    Mark Davis will inherit it. But he has said repeatedly he doesn’t want to run it in the capacity his father did. Rip Al Davis

  17. omega49 says: Oct 8, 2011 3:01 PM

    Hope the raiders have a superbowl winning season

    GO RAIDERS!!

  18. oliv9768 says: Oct 8, 2011 3:05 PM

    Why I’m a Raiders Fanatic……..

    Here’s a short grocery list.

    The Legend; The Lore

    The Nostalgia

    The Black Hole

    The Autumn Wind

    The Iconic Mister John Thomas Ralph Augustine James Facenda

    The Cult-Like ‘Nation

    7000 Coliseum Way Tailgating

    The Immaculate Deception

    The Heidi Game

    The Sea of Hands

    The Ghost to the Post

    The Holy Roller

    Red Right 88

    The Tuck Rule (Which I dub; “The Great Snow Heist”)

    Fat-Ass 400 LB. Anthony “The Goose” Siragusa intentionally pancaking the shoulder of (which he was fined for) Richard Joseph “The Cannon” Gannon at the 11:00 minute mark of the second quarter in the 2000 AFC Championship Game (“The Big Flop”)

    The Raiderettes

    The Yaaaiiiddahs!!!! (Mister Christopher James “Boomer” Berman-ESPN; NFL Primetime)

    The Player Personnel Assistant, The Assistant Coach, The Head Coach, The General Manager, The League Commissioner, The Principal Owner and Chief Executive Officer, The Esoteric, The Revered, The Incomparable Mister Allen R. “Al-Just Win Baby” Davis

    The All-Time Dreaded; “Silver & Black!!!”

    Subtotal; “Priceless!!!”

    Should I continue……..?

    Rest In Peace Al’

  19. radrntn says: Oct 8, 2011 3:06 PM

    Proud to be a Raider!

  20. glac1 says: Oct 8, 2011 3:18 PM

    They’ve been dormant for decades but the late 60’s and 70’s were a special time for that franchise.

  21. slightlyhyphy says: Oct 8, 2011 3:24 PM

    People who are trying to be “funny” or “witty” in making light out of Al’s death are simply failing. Miserably. Stop it.

  22. ronlm says: Oct 8, 2011 3:38 PM

    “I work for a man who is gender-blind, he’s color-blind, age-blind,” “He walks the walk of equality of opportunity. In this organization, your race, your gender and your age are irrelevant. Either you are a Raider or you are not.” – Amy Trask – Oakland Raiders CEO

  23. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 8, 2011 3:38 PM

    Al will always be the man.

  24. wcman says: Oct 8, 2011 3:39 PM

    glaci,

    They’ve been dormant for decades but the late 60′s and 70′s were a special time for that franchise.
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    Dormant for decades? What a dumb statement and truly ignorant of the facts. They were last in the SB 9 years ago. Last I checked decades are a lot longer than that. This is the kind of stupid comments people who don’t have a clue about the legacy of this man and his team make.

  25. bordner says: Oct 8, 2011 3:49 PM

    boover3 says:
    Oct 8, 2011 2:40 PM

    The NFL is a better product when teams like the Packers, Steelers, Cowboys and the Raiders are good. R.I.P. Al Davis.
    ——————————————-
    And all in their original homes – the Raiders need to stay in Oakland.

  26. rockybev35 says: Oct 8, 2011 3:50 PM

    Huejackson and rest of Raider commenters on here-

    Sorry for your loss. He was a great pioneer for the game!

    Having said that, you will lose tomorrow. You are playing a team more talented than you in their house.
    Dont make comical statements because the owner died!

  27. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 8, 2011 3:53 PM

    To all Raiders fans who think Al Davis’ death will translate to a convincing win over the Texans:

    You think the Texans are going to roll over just because the Raiders’ owner is dead? Good God, people. Oakland isn’t playing Fresno State tomorrow; there WILL be another NFL team on the other side of the ball.

    Look for the Texans to exploit the Raiders’ hyperintensity (drawing them offsides, inducing personal fouls, etc.). The officiating crew had better not hand this one to the Raiders as a consolation. That’s really the only thing I’m worried about.

  28. glac1 says: Oct 8, 2011 3:56 PM

    I stick with my comments. It’s been 30 years since they were looked at as a regular threat. A few good years in between but overall quite stagnant. Their glory years were the 60’s and 70’s. Do you remember the Madden years????

  29. sanjose61 says: Oct 8, 2011 4:04 PM

    Condolences from a Bills fan who appreciates the greatness of the Raiders and the historic contributions to pro football made by the AFL owners.

    Seems like a lot of people are forgetting and it should be remembered at this time… The Raiders always stood for Pride and Poise.

    Let it be so again and may the Raiders never forsake the City of Oakland again.

  30. favreforever says: Oct 8, 2011 4:04 PM

    Future G.M.s will approach difficult managerial decisions with the question, “What would Al do?”.

    Then they’ll examine the alternatives.

  31. wcman says: Oct 8, 2011 4:06 PM

    glaci,

    I stick with my comments. It’s been 30 years since they were looked at as a regular threat. A few good years in between but overall quite stagnant. Their glory years were the 60′s and 70′s. Do you remember the Madden years????
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    Yes I do, and they are 10 years out of a 50 year run by Al Davis. The Raiders won two SB’s in a 4 year span in the early 80’s under Tom Flore. Saying the team hasn’t been looked at as a regular threat in 30 years is mindbogglingly stupid. They’ve had a run of success in every decade they’ve been in existent. Learn something about the topic you comment on before making an idiot of yourself.

  32. favreforever says: Oct 8, 2011 4:08 PM

    The “Black Hole” is actually quite a colorful spot. You can dodge thrown objects, listen to expletives spoken in many different languages, and even buy personalized licence plates stolen in the parking lot from young illegal immigrant boys.

  33. favreforever says: Oct 8, 2011 4:35 PM

    Well, at least Al had one last “Talk Like A Pirate Day” before he died.

  34. jacunn2000 says: Oct 8, 2011 4:52 PM

    Texan fan in the Stan. Go Raiders!! Kill bodies and SemperFi

  35. freewayjim says: Oct 8, 2011 5:32 PM

    I feel fortunate that I started watching the NFL in the early 70’s and got to see the Raiders glory days.

    Al was a fascinating figure and the old Raiders were fascinating teams, even if you were a fan of someone else.

    Thank you for everything you did for Pro Football Al Davis! You will be missed and never forgotten.

  36. freewayjim says: Oct 8, 2011 5:35 PM

    glac1 says:
    Oct 8, 2011 3:56 PM
    I stick with my comments. It’s been 30 years since they were looked at as a regular threat. A few good years in between but overall quite stagnant. Their glory years were the 60′s and 70′s. Do you remember the Madden years????
    ————————————————
    The Raiders won Super Bowls in the 1980 & 1983 seasons, come on man!

    I really wish folks would make an effort to be a little more historically accurate.

  37. glac1 says: Oct 8, 2011 5:51 PM

    1980…1983…. 30 years ago. I rest my case. Their best run was in the late 60’s and early 70’s….

  38. goindy2006 says: Oct 8, 2011 6:24 PM

    Al was a great man! Thoughts go out to Raider Nation!!!

    GO RAIDERS!!!

  39. snnyjcbs says: Oct 8, 2011 8:27 PM

    AL Davis was the greatest owner an NFL Fan could have, in a World of Cookie Cutter Copy Cats, Al Davis walked his own unique path, R.I.P. Mr. Davis, this Family of Raider Fans will never forget you.

  40. buzzbissinger says: Oct 8, 2011 10:41 PM

    FYI: Al Davis did not “own” The Raiders, he had about 1/3, the other owners allowed him to run the team and remained “silent partners”. That is why his title was “Managing Genral Partner”.

  41. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 9, 2011 1:00 AM

    buzzbissinger says: Oct 8, 2011 10:41 PM

    FYI: Al Davis did not “own” The Raiders, he had about 1/3, the other owners allowed him to run the team and remained “silent partners”. That is why his title was “Managing Genral Partner”.
    ———-

    He held 2/3 ownership and controlled every facet of the team since the old man died back in ’83. GO AWAY.

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