Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The American Dream

July fourth is a special date to honor our country’s founding fathers. It is a day to proudly fly the colors of Red, White, and Blue. July fourth is a date to pay tribute to the men and women of our armed forces who have willingly paid the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedoms.

Happy 230th Birthday to the good old U.S. of A! The fourth of July is a special holiday to recongnize the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is a time to celebrate democracy, freedom, and equality under the law.

July fourth is also a special date to honor the founding father of the Raider Nation. It is a day among many for the Raider Nation to proudly fly the colors of Silver and Black. July fourth is the birthday of Al Davis who built the Raiders' organization through his vision, unwavering beliefs, and tireless efforts. Al is responsible for the rich history and proud traditions of the Raiders.

Al is 77 years young today. 43 years after joining the Raider organization as GM/Head Coach, Al still has the same dream and passion that continues to drive him. His singular focus is to bring glory to the organization and to the Raider Nation. His motivation is to add more chapters to the rich history.

Al Davis is the embodiment of living the American dream. His pursuit of happiness was to achieve a successful career in football through his hard work, dedication and talents. Here is an overview of Al’s career after graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in English.

- Coach at Alelphi College
- Head Coach for the U.S. Army
- Player personnel assistant for the Baltimore Colts
- Line Coach and chief recruiter for The Citadel
- Line Coach at USC
- Offensive End Coach for the LA Chargers
- Head Coach/General Manager for the Oakland Raiders
- AFL Commissioner
- Managing General Partner (Owner) for the Oakland Raiders

“Yeah, I’ve lived my dream, but I thought I would live my dream. But you’ve got to go get it. You’ve got to fight for it, and you’ve got to dominate” Al Davis

Happy Birthday to the man behind the shield. I have 2 wishes for Al Davis on his special day. First. I hope Al celebrates many more birthdays. Second. I would love to see Al triumphantly raise another shiny Lombardi Trophy above his head!

Check out the following birthday tributes:
The Raider Way's "Happy Al Davis Day!" and Raider Take's "Al Davis Birthday Haiku"


Anonymous HS said...

Well stated. I started following the team in 1964 when Mr. Davis was still coach. The only thing I would change is "at least" one mor Lombardi Trophy. I won't complain if there is more than one in the near future.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

I've got to think that the football gods will find a way for Mr. Davis to hoist a 4th Lombardi trophy...If only to enjoy the looks on peoples faces! I cannot wait for that day. It will be the ultimate poetic justice.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

The only bad thing about Al Davis hoisting another Lombardi is that neither Rozelle nor Tagliabue will be around to hand it to 'em.

As RT alluded to, Ohhhh to see the looks on their faces ...priceless!

2:00 PM  

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