The Oakland Raiders are one of the most-historic franchises in the NFL, and Al Davis was a major reason for that.
The former Owner and Hall of Famer helped make the Silver and Black what it is today, and since his passing in 2011, the team has honored him by lighting the Al Davis Memorial Torch prior to the start of every home game.
From former Raiders running back Pete Banaszak to Hall of Famer Howie Long, the Silver and Black have welcomed countless alumni back to light the torch. On Christmas Eve, ahead of the team’s AFC West rivalry game against the Denver Broncos, Oakland’s own, Marshawn Lynch, got Raider Nation fired up for some winter football by igniting the Al Davis Memorial Torch.
Lynch has spent the last two seasons with the team, coming out of retirement in 2017 to play for his hometown squad. The 32 year old has rushed for 1,267 yards, reached the end zone 10 times, and added 235 receiving yards during his tenure with the team. No. 24 has missed the majority of the 2018 campaign with a groin injury, which he suffered during the Raiders’ Week 6 London duel with the Seattle Seahawks.
His impact in the Oakland community can’t be emphasized enough. Lynch was nominated as the Raiders’ Walter Payton Man of the Year, for all his good deeds, and dedication to giving back through his Fam1st Family Foundation.