History - Al Davis Memorial Torch - List of names

"the fire that burns the brightest in the Raiders' organization is the will to win." Al Davis

Following the passing of the great Al Davis in 2011, the Raiders started a tradition like no other.

Prior to every game, the team and the fans would pay tribute to Mr. Davis by lighting the Al Davis Memorial Torch in his honor. The torch is a tribute to Mr. Davis' legacy as the Raiders' long-time owner, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, AFL Coach of the Year, AFL Commissioner, and the architect of the Raiders' Commitment to Excellence… in recognition of Mr. Davis' enduring vision that "the fire that burns brightest in the Raiders' organization is the will to win."

Since the tradition started, several Raiders alumni, celebrities, and fans have had the opportunity to light the torch; let's take a look at the full list.


It only seemed right that the first person to light the torch was John Madden. The Super Bowl-winning head coach was hired by Mr. Davis in the late 60s, and together the two accomplished several amazing feats together. Owner Mark Davis honored his father Al Davis in the final home game of the 2011 season by lighting the memorial torch.

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John MaddenCleveland Browns
Jim OttoKansas City Chiefs
Fred BiletnikoffDenver Broncos
Jim PlunkettChicago Bears
Clem DanielsDetroit Lions
Owner Mark DavisSan Diego Chargers


Before returning to coach the Oakland Raiders in 2018, Jon Gruden honored Mr. Davis - the first man to give him a head coaching job - by lighting the torch in memory of him.

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Reggie McKenzieDallas Cowboys
Willie BrownDetroit Lions
Tom FloresSan Diego Chargers
Marcus AllenPittsburgh Steelers
George AtkinsonJacksonville Jaguars
Cliff BranchTampa Bay Buccaneers
Jon GrudenNew Orleans Saints
Raymond ChesterCleveland Browns
HoFers*Denver Broncos
Phil VillapianoKansas City Chiefs

*Jim Otto, George Blanda's widow Betty, Willie Brown, Gene Upshaw's widow Teresa, Fred Biletnikoff, Art Shell, Ted Hendricks, Mike Haynes, Howie Long, Ronnie Lott, Dave Casper, James Lofton, John Madden, Rod Woodson, and Carol Davis.


It's an honor to light the torch, and for those who knew Mr. Davis personally, it's a reminder of all he meant to the organization, the fans, and the NFL community. Raiders legend Cliff Branch shared in 2015 what it means to him and the many others who have paid tribute.

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Daryle LamonicaDallas Cowboys
Dick RomanskiChicago Bears
Ted HendricksJacksonville Jaguars
Ann-MargretWashington Redskins
Lester HayesSan Diego Chargers
Art ShellPittsburgh Steelers
Ray GuyPhiladelphia Eagles
Rod MartinTennessee Titans
Bo JacksonKansas City Chiefs
Al LoCasaleDenver Broncos


Nnamdi Asomugha was drafted by Mr. Davis in 2003, and played for the Raiders for eight seasons.

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Al's Angels - Cheryl Nichols, Kristi Bailey, Carolyn Paul, and Karen "Fudgie" OttenDetroit Lions
Charlie SmithSeattle Seahawks
Mike DavisHouston Texans
RaiderettesMiami Dolphins (London)
Tim BrownSan Diego Chargers
Nnamdi AsomughaArizona Cardinals
Napoleon McCallumDenver Broncos
Joe MorganKansas City Chiefs
Ronnie LottSan Francisco 49ers
Ron RickardBuffalo Bills


Former Raiders wide receiver and longtime team executive Morris Bradshaw was afforded the opportunity to light the torch in honor of Al Davis.

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H. Rod MartinSt. Louis Rams
Mo BradshawArizona Cardinals
Alexa, Kendra, and Marissa StablerCincinnati Bengals
Art ThomsBaltimore Ravens
Al LoCasale FamilyDenver Broncos
First RespondersNew York Jets
Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Air ForceMinnesota Vikings
Dave CasperKansas City Chiefs
Warren WellsGreen Bay Packers
Tailgate Challenge Winner, Ross WoodySan Diego Chargers


Selected in the third round of the 1974 NFL Draft, former Raiders running back Mark van Eeghen lit the torch prior to an AFC West matchup with the Chargers.

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George BuehlerTennessee Titans
Oakland Police DepartmentSeattle Seahawks
Pete BanaszakAtlanta Falcons
Mark van EeghenSan Diego Chargers
Henry LawrenceKansas City Chiefs
Otis SistrunkDenver Broncos
Tommie SmithHouston Texans (Mexico)
Monte JohnsonCarolina Panthers
Bob RomanskiBuffalo Bills
Clarence DavisIndianapolis Colts


Oakland native, former professional boxer, Olympic gold medalist, and lifelong Raiders fan Andre Ward was proud to light the torch in honor of Mr. Davis.

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The Otten BrothersLos Angeles Rams
Delisa "Momma" LynchSeattle Seahawks
Rickey HendersonNew York Jets
Andre WardBaltimore Ravens
Kent McCloughanKansas City Chiefs
George LopezNew England Patriots (Mexico)
Greg TownsendDenver Broncos
Mike HaynesNew York Giants
The Next Generation of Raider Nation Dallas Cowboys


Raiders and NFL legend Howie Long played for the team 13 seasons and has shared his love and respect for Mr. Davis on numerous occasions.

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Youth FootballDetroit Lions
Ron WolfGreen Bay Packers
Howie LongLos Angeles Rams
Darren McFaddenCleveland Browns
UK Raider FamilySeattle Seahawks (London)
Dan ConnersIndianapolis Colts
MC HammerLos Angeles Chargers
Marcel ReeceKansas City Chiefs
Reggie JacksonPittsburgh Steelers
Marshawn LynchDenver Broncos


Former Raiders linebacker Matt Millen lit the torch before a thrilling Thursday Night Football win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 10.

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Cotton DavidsonLos Angeles Rams
Mervyn FernandezGreen Bay Packers
Lincoln KennedyDenver Broncos
John VellaKansas City Chiefs
Steve WisniewskiChicago Bears
1970's friends and family members*Detroit Lions
Matt MillenLos Angeles Chargers
Sebastian JanikowskiCincinnati Bengals
Shane LechlerTennessee Titans
Charles WoodsonJacksonville Jaguars

*Barbara Flores, Susan Casper, Janice Shell, Sally Otto and 1970's friends and family members lit the Al Davis Memorial Torch prior to the Week 9 matchup against the Detroit Lions.


Carol Davis lit the torch before a thrilling Monday Night Football win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 2.

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Carol DavisNew Orleans Saints
Frontline Medical WorkersBuffalo Bills
Mayor Goodman, Local Cancer SurvivorsTampa Bay Buccaneers
Creech, Nellis AirmenDenver Broncos
Allegiant Stadium Construction WorkersKansas City Chiefs
Southern Nevada Law Enforcement AgenciesIndianapolis Colts
Three Square Food Bank VolunteersLos Angeles Chargers
PSL HoldersMiami Dolphins


Dr. Miriam Adelson lit the torch before the preseason Week 1 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.

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Dr. Miriam AdelsonSeattle Seahawks
Former Nevada Governor Brian SandovalBaltimore Ravens
Steve WynnMiami Dolphins
Tommy White Chicago Bears
Jim MurrenPhiladelphia Eagles
David ManicaKansas City Chiefs
Debra MarchCincinnati Bengals
Steve HillWashington Football Team
Southern Nevada Chambers of CommerceDenver Broncos

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