Former Raiders CB Asomugha talks about Al Davis

Raiders managing general partner Al Davis received criticism for some of his recent selections in the NFL draft. One of those was for Davis taking cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha at the tail end of the first round of the 2003 draft.
Asomugha was converted from safety to cornerback, and he struggled for most of his first three NFL seasons. In his fourth season, Asomugha blossomed into an elite cornerback and, today, he is regarded as one of the elite players in the league.
Asomugha played for the Raiders his first eight NFL seasons before he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason. Here is what Asomugha had to say about Davis earlier today:

“It was a shock to hear this morning, Obviously, I was saddened by it. … I tried to reach out to some guys and see how it was going. It was tough.”

“His name will be the first that you year. He has done so much for the game and given so many people opportunities who, before him, those opportunities weren’t there. I’m one of those people he took a chance on me when not too many other people were doing that. He was throughout my career, a great advisor, a great coach for me and a great owner.”

“I never saw him in a negative light. … I’ve had nothing but the utmost respect for him.”

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Steve Corkran