By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 at 11:38 am in Oakland Raiders.
Tom Cable has more on his mind than the expiration of his contract and his chances at becoming the head coach of the Raiders.
Last Thursday, the day after a four-hour interview with Al Davis to discuss the job, Cable’s father, Thomas Lee Cable Sr., died in Everett, Washington.
Tom Sr. was 68 years old and had been in failing health.
Had a chance to talk with Tom Sr. on Sept. 30, a couple of hours before the press conference that announced the firing of Lane Kiffin and Cable’s ascension to interim head coach.
While he never let on that he knew his son was getting the job, Tom Sr. said with pride that Tom Jr. was no stranger to hard work, having grown up on a farm, and that it was apparent from an early age that he had an affinity for coaching.
Tom Sr. is survived by his wife Shirley, son Tom Jr., daughter Tammy, three grandchildren and three brothers.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday in Washington.