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“He loves us players, he loves this organization and he loves his team,” safety Mike Mitchell said. “We’re going to all come together. I think this whole organization is going to grow and get a little bit closer because of this. I think the sky’s the limit.”
While many of the rookies never had the chance to meet Al Davis as his health prevented him from being around his team as much as he liked, others in the locker room have relationships that date back years.
Backup linebacker Bruce Davis has known Davis longer than any of his teammates, having met him as a 2-year-old when his father, Bruce, played for the team. Al Davis called Bruce when the Raiders signed him last season, telling him he remembered him as a toddler playing at the team facility.
Bruce Davis delivered one of the big plays in the game, deflecting a punt in the first quarter to set up a field goal.
“He’s been a part of my life and my family’s life,” Bruce Davis said. “He gave two generations of Davis men the opportunity to live out our dreams and play football. Since I was a kid, I wanted to be a Raider. I grew up watching my dad. There’s nothing like that silver and black jersey. It’s so important to my family. It’s such a huge thing. Some of the greatest memories my family has are of the Raiders and of Al. It was emotional but we just wanted to go out there and play hard and honor his name the right way.”
Notes: C Samson Satele said his injured ribs are sore but that he intends to practice Wednesday and play this week. … CB Chris Johnson will do individual drills on his injured hamstring this week and see how close he is to returning.
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