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Marcus Allen will light the Al Davis flame on Sunday

Reggie McKenzie AP

More than 20 years after Raiders owner Al Davis decided to park running back Marcus Allen on the bench until his contract expired, Allen will attend a Raiders game.

Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com reports that Allen will light the flame that honors the long-time owner’s memory, prior to their game against the Steelers.  It’s happening at the behest of Mark Davis, Al’s son.

The development comes years after something happened to drive a wedge between the two men that never was resolved before Davis died last year.

“He told me he was going to get me,” Allen said in 1992.  “We’ve had conversations.  I don’t know for what reason, but he told me he was going to get me.”

In 2010, Davis declined to delve into the details.

“I’m not going to tell you,” Davis told Ice Cube, who put together a documentary on the team.  “It’s a deeper story than you even dream, that I was well aware of, and I just got a certain approach to life.”

The truth still isn’t known (it’s believed in some circles that Davis didn’t approve of Allen’s friendship with O.J. Simpson — which would make Davis a genius), but it’s great to see Allen let bygones be bygones.

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44 Responses to “Marcus Allen will light the Al Davis flame on Sunday”
  1. mikealstott says: Sep 21, 2012 6:25 PM

    Al Davis would rather have Bo Jackson lighting his flame…

  2. tooz72 says: Sep 21, 2012 6:35 PM

    good for Marcus..i’ll always hate him for going to the Chiefs but there was a lot going on behind the scenes in those days that will never come to light..

  3. kingpel says: Sep 21, 2012 6:42 PM

    For all the NFL teams that complain about having an inferior facility, you really need to take a road trip to Oakland and catch a game. The fans are great but that building…yikes!

    I feel like Snake Plisskin should be out there shooting baskets.

  4. raidadon says: Sep 21, 2012 6:42 PM

    Al hated Marcus. This honor should go to Madden. Allen played fer the chefs

  5. raydahhs75 says: Sep 21, 2012 6:48 PM

    A classy, classy move by Mark Davis in this lifelong Raiders fan’s book.

  6. Matt says: Sep 21, 2012 6:49 PM

    This is great news for the Raiders and for a legend. Never forget Super Bowl 18.

  7. kingcarlbanks says: Sep 21, 2012 6:56 PM

    Great back in Oakland, went to KC and became Greg Hill’s touchdown vulture.

  8. ojsays says: Sep 21, 2012 7:00 PM

    People make Al Davis out to be the villian here and yes, he could have handled this much better.

    So could have Marcus. He was a party-boy who loved to do lines but Al Davis was willing to look past that – until Marcus wanted more money.

    If Al stood by you, you better respect that or you are done.

  9. e5280 says: Sep 21, 2012 7:02 PM

    About time…

    Marcus ruined my childhood! he was amazing. Classy move Raider Nation.

    Signed Denver Broncos fan!!

  10. teambringitstrong says: Sep 21, 2012 7:11 PM

    kingpel says: Sep 21, 2012 6:42 PM

    For all the NFL teams that complain about having an inferior facility, you really need to take a road trip to Oakland and catch a game. The fans are great but that building…yikes!

    I feel like Snake Plisskin should be out there shooting baskets.

    ————————————————————–
    U have a point but there are some great memories in that stadium. People like to poke fun at us Californians but that’s ok. We are light years ahead of the rest of the country whether you want to accept it or not. We may have decrepit stadiums but we force our team owners to pay for it themselves and not burden the taxpayers.

  11. sportsmeccabi says: Sep 21, 2012 7:25 PM

    I miss Al Davis. He was someone who didn’t care about what other people thought and did what his heart told him. It sometimes went against him, but considering the 30 years of success they had, it worked. I have great resect for that and part of the reason I’ve always rooted for the raiders to do well even though I am not a fan of them.

  12. tannethrill says: Sep 21, 2012 7:33 PM

    I smell best selling author Marcus Allen coming to Amazon soon.

  13. EJ says: Sep 21, 2012 7:35 PM

    If anyone should be lighting it, It should be John Madden, Art Shell, Willie Brown or Howie Long, definitely not Marcus Allen, Al Davis didn’t have a very good relationship with him as everyone knows. Yes, when you see the Raider emblem one of the first things you think of is Marcus Allen. The thing is, instead of honoring Mr. Davis they are doing the exact opposite, he’s probably rolling over in his grave right now.

  14. frozentundrathunder says: Sep 21, 2012 7:58 PM

    Rumor has it that Steve-O from the Jackass gang will be lighting the bonfire after Florio’s passing.

    I would have went for Carrot top ….

  15. omegaichiban says: Sep 21, 2012 8:19 PM

    how many years did he sit, how many yards did it cost him and how bad did it hurt the Raiders? I guarantee you Marcus would have more than 21 yards in 4 carries if he lined up for the Titans next game

  16. radrntn says: Sep 21, 2012 8:29 PM

    once a raider, always a raider.

  17. seanb20124 says: Sep 21, 2012 8:30 PM

    Allen never played for the Oakland Raiders

  18. bubbamonkey100 says: Sep 21, 2012 8:38 PM

    I have known the reason why Mr Davis did what he did to Marcus for years and only agree with him to a point. Having said that MA has always and will always be my favorite Raider.

    Class move by a man with plenty to give even if he finished his career as a Chief.

  19. pantherpro says: Sep 21, 2012 8:43 PM

    Watch out. With the stench from Raider fan and lighting of dead Al, the place could blow up! Maybe that is not such a bad thing!

  20. mikeypanic says: Sep 21, 2012 8:55 PM

    I would dig this more if marcus was flipping the switch on an overhead projector.

    RIP Al.

  21. lumpinyourthroat says: Sep 21, 2012 8:55 PM

    Pantherpro looks like your sex change went well. Did you get to take home your old parts in that blue stuff from the barber shop?

  22. tatum064 says: Sep 21, 2012 8:57 PM

    The truth still isn’t known (it’s believed in some circles that Davis didn’t approve of Allen’s friendship with O.J. Simpson — which would make Davis a genius)

    ==========

    Davis didnt approve of Allen’s friendship….with O.J. Simpson’s WIFE, Nicole. Allen was a well known player back in the day.

  23. tatum064 says: Sep 21, 2012 8:58 PM

    seanb20124 says:
    Sep 21, 2012 8:30 PM
    Allen never played for the Oakland Raiders

    =========

    Once a Raider, ALWAYS A RAIDER.

  24. oldstylelight says: Sep 21, 2012 8:59 PM

    teambringitstrong says: Sep 21, 2012 7:11 PM

    U have a point but there are some great memories in that stadium. People like to poke fun at us Californians but that’s ok. We are light years ahead of the rest of the country whether you want to accept it or not. We may have decrepit stadiums but we force our team owners to pay for it themselves and not burden the taxpayers.

    ————————————————-

    Do they not share news from across the bay up there?

  25. tatum064 says: Sep 21, 2012 8:59 PM

    pantherpro says:
    Sep 21, 2012 8:43 PM
    Watch out. With the stench from Raider fan and lighting of dead Al, the place could blow up! Maybe that is not such a bad thing!

    =========

    Kind of like how CAM stunk up the joint vs. the Giants?

  26. askmarc says: Sep 21, 2012 9:03 PM

    He was coke’n it up and screwing OJ’s wife. Al told him to stop, he said no. – not a secret!

  27. raider8er says: Sep 21, 2012 9:04 PM

    What a surprise.

    Well, the Raider fans are certain to give Marcus a great reception.

    Maybe a miracle will occur and the Raiders won’t go 0-3.

  28. tdrundmc says: Sep 21, 2012 9:18 PM

    Take a hike, Marcus

  29. ghjjf says: Sep 21, 2012 9:28 PM

    Should have gotten someone that actually helped the Raiders win a Super Bowl.

  30. JSpicoli says: Sep 21, 2012 9:30 PM

    Those of you asking why not Madden. As a matter of fact I think he was numero uno to do so.

    He already did it. you get to flick the switch once and sign your name to the memorial. Rotating throughout all the players that would be Al’s success stories.

    They should not be on repeats until about 2030.

  31. pairface says: Sep 21, 2012 9:37 PM

    teambringitstrong says:

    U have a point but there are some great memories in that stadium. People like to poke fun at us Californians but that’s ok. We are light years ahead of the rest of the country whether you want to accept it or not. We may have decrepit stadiums but we force our team owners to pay for it themselves and not burden the taxpayers.
    ———-

    I love seeing Californians try to lecture everyone else on fiscal responsibility. How many billions is California in the hole again??? Let me get this straight – California has some of the crappiest professional sports stadiums AND the highest debt of any state. Congrats on being “light years” ahead of the rest of us.

    But look on the bright side. At least you get to be among the highest income and sales tax rates, and your public schools are near the bottom. You live in the land of milk and honey, my friend.

    Oh well, at least the streets of Oakland are safe.

  32. mullman76 says: Sep 21, 2012 9:44 PM

    There will never be another Al Davis, that much is certain.

    Marcus had the greatest run in SB history against the redskins, not even close. It’s good that he is back in RAIDER NATION, he is one of the best to ever run the ball, period.

  33. mullman76 says: Sep 21, 2012 10:15 PM

    @bubbamonkey100— Spill it! What was the beef between Mr. Davis and MA to your knowledge??

  34. raiderapologist says: Sep 21, 2012 10:31 PM

    Al Davis hated Marcus Allen because he was a fumbler.

  35. raider17 says: Sep 21, 2012 10:34 PM

    This really illuminates the state of my beloved Raiders! Marcus lighting the flame feels bigger than the game! We’re in heavy transition right now! Hue would have been better but I think Madden got in Mark’s ear! Anyway it’s time to heal!

    17 Bob Trey O
    Here comes Marcus Allen running with the night!

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

  36. vincentbojackson says: Sep 21, 2012 11:08 PM

    Marcus Allen will light it and a short time later the Steelers will put it out.

  37. East Coast Raider says: Sep 22, 2012 1:45 AM

    ghjjf says: Sep 21, 2012 9:28 PM

    Should have gotten someone that actually helped the Raiders win a Super Bowl.
    —————————–

    I seriously hope that’s some sort of sarcasm. Marcus Allen had one of the greatest touchdown runs in Super Bowl history and was named the MVP for his dominating performance vs. the Redskins.

  38. onecoolrdrfan says: Sep 22, 2012 2:18 AM

    Once a Trader always a Trader. Screw Allen and the horse he rides in on.

  39. rdrs68 says: Sep 22, 2012 8:01 AM

    Al will be turning over in his grave! Don’t know what the problem was between these two but in any case this is a big time dis of AL.

  40. walrushooker says: Sep 22, 2012 10:20 AM

    it’s believed in some circles that Davis didn’t approve of Allen’s friendship with O.J. Simpson(‘s wife) — which would make Davis a genius

    Rumor is ol’ Marcus was sleeping with OJ’s wife, that’s why Mr. Davis had a problem with him. I’ve never heard nor could I imagine that it was because Marcus Allen was friends with Orenthal, especially considering that he was one of the most respected running backs ever at that time, prior to him offing his wife for sleeping with another man.

  41. dougydougdoug says: Sep 22, 2012 7:35 PM

    This is a triviality for a team which is the laughing stock of the pro football world.

    And what’s with a torch in the fist place??? They don’t even have one in Green Bay, and that place is the holy land for football.

    Commitment to self-aggrandizing, baby!

  42. torturedraiderfan says: Sep 22, 2012 8:13 PM

    This is a great move by Mark Davis. Marcus Allen will always be considered one of the greatest Raiders of all time. You don’t think of him as a Chief, you think of him as a Raider. I don’t know what he did to piss Al off, but if Al truely beleived in “just win baby”, it shouldn’t have mattered. The rift between Marcus Allen and the Raiders always bothered me. Having him back in the family just seems right. Maybe a little positive karma will get the Raiders out of the 10 year funk. Thank you Mark Davis. I’m more convinced than ever that the Raiders are in good hands.

  43. footballer4ever says: Sep 22, 2012 9:27 PM

    Is that a golden chance given to Allen to find a symbolical closure to what he would have done to Al Davis alive?

  44. cortizzle510 says: Sep 23, 2012 8:00 AM

    He should toss his chiefs jersey into the flame! The Raider Nation would love it!

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