Raiders standout cornerback Charles Woodson was selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. The fact he ever got to play for the Raiders owes to current head coach Jon Gruden. What follows is an excerpt from a book I co-authored with long-time Al Davis confidants Jon Kingdon and Bruce Kebric,
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."