Charles Woodson says it’s different without Al Davis around
In 2005, the last time defensive back Charles Woodson was on the Oakland Raiders, owner Al Davis was still alive. Davis, died in 2011 as Woodson was a member of the Green Bay Packers. Now, with Woodson signing a one-year deal to return to the Oakland Raiders, he says things are different without Davis around.
“Really, the only difference is the big guy is not here,” Woodson said of the late Raiders owner. “I think that’s really it. Knowing that you’re not going to see him coming out onto the field at any point in time this season is really the different feel to this organization. But I know that the organization is in good hands with Mark [Davis] taking over and bringing in Reggie [McKenzie] to come in here and try to get the Raiders back on the right track. In that sense, it feels good and there’s definitely a positive feel to it.”
Woodson added that he regrets not getting the chance to talk to Davis after he left for the Green Bay Packers.
“I hadn’t talked to Al Davis since I left. One of the things that I look back on that I didn’t do when I left is just really have a conversation with him when I left the Raiders. Didn’t get a chance to speak with him and I wish I had,” Woodson said.
Woodson said he is not familiar with the new owner, Al’s son, Mark Davis.
“I haven’t seen Mark in years, since I left in ’05-06,” Woodson said. “So it’s been a long time. So haven’t really been around him since that point. There’s only one Al Davis though. I’m sure he’s a lot different.”
With Davis being gone for almost two years now, it is hard to remember that there are plenty of players in the league who used to be a member of the Al Davis led Raiders.
It will be cool to see Woodson put on the silver and black again as he steps out onto the field for the 2013 season. Woodson spent eight seasons with the Raiders before signing with the Green Bay Packers in 2005.