Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson and Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.
Just one day after the news that Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis had passed away, the team gave their beloved leader the best tribute by taking to the field and defeating the Houston Texans 25–20 at Reliant Stadium Sunday. Raiders head coach Hue Jackson was seen fighting back tears from the sidelines.
“A moment of silence was held before the game — as it was to be held at every stadium in the league Sunday — and a black “Al” sticker was affixed to every silver and black helmet. Many of the Raiders fans who traveled to the game came with signs and banners honoring the team’s longtime owner.
Then, as the game ended, Jackson hugged Al’s son, Mark Davis, and sunk to his knees, overcome with emotion.
When the game was over, Jackson told his team he felt Davis’s presence.
“Coach is somewhere up there rejoicing that his team did what he told them to do, ‘just win,'" Jackson said.
(Photo: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)