Marcus Allen to Light "Eternal Flame" in Honor of Al Davis
John Doublin – Sep 21, 2012
Paul Guiterrez of CSN Bay Area is reporting that former Oakland Raiders running back and Hall of Fame inductee, Marcus Allen will be given the priviledge of lighting the "eternal flame" in honor of the late Al Davis before the Pittsburgh Steelers game this Sunday afternoon at O.co Coluseum.
This comes as a shock to most Raiders' fans due to the way things ended between Allen and Davis. Davis essentially benched Allen during the 1992 season, in spite of Allen out-performing Nick Bell at the running back position.
Mr. Davis went on to trade Allen to the division rival Kansas City Chiefs for running back Harvey Williams and draft picks. Allen took this as a slight, because in his mind, you don't trade good players to your rivals unless you think they're washed up.
Allen let his anger show when he was asked which jersey he would be wearing when he was immortalized in bronze for the Hall of Fame; Allen chose the red and yellow of the Chiefs over Silver & Black.
Apparently, the hatchet has been buried, apparently at the request of Mr. Davis' son, and now owner of the team, Mark Davis.
Whatever perpetuated this change of heart from Allen, Raider Nation will be treated to seeing a legendary Raider they never thought they would when Allen lights the flame that is done at the beginning of every home game in Oakland since the death of their patriarch.
This will also mark the first time Allen has attended a Raiders' home game in Oakland, as all his time in Silver & Black was spent in Los Angeles.
Raider Nation won't care...count on seeing and hearing a resounding roar of approval from the crowd when Allen appears in front of them to light the ceremonial flame.
Has hell frozen over? YES!
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