Independence Day marks our nation's launching point, but it's also the birthday of former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, who passed away on October 8, 2011.
Rich Gannon, who revived his career in Oakland and helped guide the Raiders to Super Bowl XXXVII, also tweeted about the gathering:
In Vegas celebrating the 4th with the Raiders & remembering the great Al Davis.What a pleasure to catch up with so many teammates & coaches
- Rich Gannon (@RichGannon12) July 4, 2012
The timing is appropriate. Davis, in many way, reflects some of the qualities of our nation's Founding Fathers. He was a visionary and more than willing to ruffle feathers to bring his ideas to life. Davis was never boring. Sometimes outrageous. Flawed but unforgettable. Davis had enemies and loyal friends, but those close to him recognized his legacy to be a lasting one. He was an original.
Our best wishes to the Davis family.