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Pryor's relationship with Al and history of the Raiders

I was browsing Yahoo! sports news since it was a slow day at work and I saw an article titled " Pryor looks to build on truncated rookie season". I decided to give it a read and I felt bad for the guy after this

''I didn't know anything last year, nothing at all,'' Pryor said. ''I knew some of the stuff going into games and stuff like that but not like starting from Day 1 here right now when the new coaches came in. On the other hand, I came in last year at the end of camp and everything was already put in. I couldn't ask the coach, the offensive coordinator. We didn't even have a quarterbacks coach so I couldn't even learn anything from that standpoint.''

We all know that and have read that part before. Its after that when he started talking about his relationship with Al I started to wonder "Am I really that old or does Pryor not really know much about the Raiders past"?

The Raiders used a third-round pick on Aug. 22 to select Pryor and signed him three days later, making him the final player every drafted by late owner Al Davis.

Pryor said Davis would call him a couple of times a week before his death last October, reminding Pryor that he believed in him. While Pryor is currently battling Matt Leinart for the job backing up Carson Palmer, he hopes to one day prove Davis right.

''The last pick may not mean anything,'' he said. ''But to me, you know, it kind of felt like last pick of a guy that made a legacy of football. He was just a well-known guy. Being the last pick, that's special, just in that sense, just how his name is always brought up. He's on HBO shows now after his death. It's just an honor.''

Maybe Pryor isnt old enough to know that Al is more than just " a well known guy" or "someone that his name is always brought up" or even "on HBO shows"

To me Al is and will always be the face of the Raiders. For Pryor to get calls from Al a couple times a week showed that Al knew that he was something special and that that he was one of his boys. You want to be on Al's good side just ask Marcus Allen.

Being Al's final pick is huge whether he understands the significance of it or not. This is where he proves if he is content with being a career third string QB or if he is the next Raider great and proves if Al's instincts were right on his final pick.

Maybe im just overreacting but what do you think Raider Nation?

Full article can be seen here

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