Al Davis died before the game was played, but he would have taken particular delight in the 2011 Pro Bowl, which featured kicker Sebastian Janikowski and punter Shane Lechler as selections to represent the AFC team. Davis had been criticized roundly for using a first-round draft pick on Janikowski in 2000. All those years later,
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."