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Should former Raiders CEO Amy Trask be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

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Levi Damien

It's an interesting thought. Does Amy Trask, who was the first and only ever female Executive the NFL ever had, have the credentials to be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

The idea was broached Friday -- the day before the 2016 Hall of Fame class is to be named -- in an opinion piece by Trask's CBS Sports colleague, Leslie Visser. Here was some of Visser's argument in favor of Trask being enshrined in the hallowed halls in Canton Ohio:

Al Davis didn't like many people. He loved Amy Trask. Of course she is smart (Phi Beta Kappa out of Berkeley), of course she loved football (a Raiders fan from her teenage years) and, of course she is talented, working with the Raiders for nearly 30 years where as the CEO she handled all the litigation, all the player contracts and fought with Al Davis daily. She never used gender to get a job or anything else. OK, maybe to land her fantastic husband, Rob. She moved to Los Angeles for law school in 1982, exactly when the Raiders moved there, so conveniently, her passion packed up and went along with her.

...she became the first female team executive in league history and the first woman to attend league meetings. She was appointed to three league committees under Paul Tagliabue and Roger Goodell.

Al Davis once said at a press conference, "Ask Amy, she keeps this place running." She ran the Raiders like a business, and she changed the culture of the scene.

Two of those three committees on which Trask served were very significant. One was the digital media committee and one was the league security committee. Both of which she was appointed to by Roger Goodell.

Raiders two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Tom Flores has joked on several occasions that just having coached under Al Davis should be his credentials for the Hall of Fame. In that vein, few would be more deserving than Trask who spent 26 years with the Raiders, the last 16 of which as CEO.