DeAngelo Hall has no ill will toward the Oakland Raiders; they did, after all, pay him $8 million last season even though he only played eight games. But Hall, now with the Redskins, isn’t above telling a humorous Al Davis story when prompted.
Hall was on WJFK radio in Washington, D.C. where, among other things, he told of the infamous press conference last year in which Davis outlined his grievances against fired head coach Lane Kiffin, and introduced Kiffin’s replacement, Tom Cable. One rather hilarious problem, however: Davis didn’t seem to know exactly who Cable was.
“Probably the funniest thing, I was pretty close to Lane Kiffin…and after they fired Lane and were about to announce who the next coach was - I don’t know if you guys saw this in the media world, but I was actually sitting there live, me and a couple other players there in the back. And [Davis] went through this whole spiel of what happened…and said our next coach is Tom Cable, he’s going to be our interim coach.
When everybody paused for Tom to come in, like a breakoff. [Davis] goes to the media guide and not even whispering says ‘hey, anyone got any information on this Tom Cable guy, I don’t know where he comes from.’ That’s just vintage Al Davis. Making a move, not really knowing why, no real justification for doing it. But just saying, ‘hey, I want this guy, let’s get him, I’ll figure everything else out later.’ And that’s just how Al Davis is.”
ESPN will corroborate the story, of course.
In other words, Raiders fans shouldn’t be worrying about Super Bowl reservations anytime soon, according to Hall:
“They say you go to Oakland as a player to die. You can definitely go there and have fun towards the end of your career, but to go there during the prime of your career, that’s just not a place you want to be. I felt the same when I was out of there - just a sigh of relief to get out of there.”