Behind the Raiders Shield
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"Seldom is so much revealed about someone who went to such great lengths to perpetuate an aura of mystery..." co-author Steve Corkran

Al Davis was such a polarizing figure that people either admired or despised him. Most cared about what Davis thought on any issue, and he was captivating before an audience. Yet Davis rarely revealed much about himself, his philosophy and decision-making. Everyone knew of Davis and his catchy slogans, especially "Just Win, Baby." But no one knew much about the man. Everyone, it seemed, had a strong opinion about Davis, but precious few had enough information about Davis to proffer an informed description. For the first time, people will receive an accurate, detailed portrayal of a man in the pantheon of notable sports figures of the 20th century, in a book chock-full of firsthand accounts from those who were present and played a role in many of the seminal moments in Davis illustrious career as the patriarch of the Raiders. Seldom is so much revealed about someone who went to such great lengths to perpetuate an aura of mystery, and control the nature and volume of information disseminated. Bruce Kebric and Jon Kingdon have teamed with Steve Corkran to take readers to a place long thought to be forbidden: Behind the Raiders Shield, for an unvarnished look at what it was like working for Al.

Al Davis is one of the most fascinating, complicated and mysterious individuals in American sports history. Only a select few worked closely enough with Al to truly understand him. Jon Kingdon and Bruce Kebric spent decades studying and researching football players with the Raiders owner and knew him on the deepest level, both professionally and personally. In his later years, when Mr. Davis became more guarded with his associations, Jon Kingdon was the one person he trusted to share his deepest thoughts with on the NFL and his beloved Raiders.
— Greg Papa, RAIDERS Radio Play-By-Play Announcer from 1997-present



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