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Report: Marcus Allen to light Al Davis memorial flame

Al Davis is gone. And so, too, apparently is the long-running feud between the Oakland Raiders and one of their greatest stars.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reported Friday that Marcus Allen will light the Raiders' ceremonial flame in honor of the late team owner before Sunday's meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Allen is making the appearance at the request of Raiders owner Mark Davis, Al's son.

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Allen, the No. 10 overall draft pick in the 1982 NFL Draft, spent 11 seasons with the Raiders. He rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the team's Super Bowl XVIII victory and was named NFL MVP in 1985.

Allen and Davis eventually had a falling out for reasons that remain unclear to this day.

"What do you think about a guy that has attempted to ruin your career?" Allen said in 1992, in an interview that aired on "Monday Night Football." "He told me he was going to get me. We've had conversations. I don't know for what reason, but he told me he was going to get me."

Allen remained with the Raiders through the 1992 season, then joined the Kansas City Chiefs and enjoyed a career resurgence. Davis and Allen never publicly reconciled before the owner's death last October, but Allen's decision to be part of the Raiders' ceremony is a sign the Hall of Fame running back has moved on.

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