The Raiders and head coach Jon Gruden whiffed on “Tui” 19 years ago. Now they have the prospect of striking it big with a Tua, with the announcement that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is entering the NFL draft. Gruden and then-owner Al Davis used a second-round draft pick on Marques Tuiasosopo in the 2001 draft
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."