On this day in 1966 Al Davis became the commissioner of the AFL. Here’s the story of how it all unfolded, as originally presented in 2009’s Full Color Football: The History of the American Football … MORE ►
Posted: April 8th, 2012
Posted: February 21st, 2012
With February being Black History Month, we would like to honor Art Shell, who is recognized as the first African American head coach in the National Football League’s modern era.
A long-time Raider, Shell played … MORE ►
Posted: November 11th, 2011
Editor’s Note: It’s a football pirate’s night at the movies this evening with the NFL Network premiere of the newest “A Football Life.” But before the curtain rises on his documentary, here’s another take on … MORE ►
Posted: November 9th, 2011
When I was growing up, two villains made huge impressions on me: Darth Vader and Al Davis.
The movies, of course, need villains to move the plot forward. Screenwriters know that a great antagonist is … MORE ►
Posted: November 8th, 2011
“Al Davis: A Football Life” premieres this Friday at 10 p.m. ET only on NFL Network.
Davis drew inspiration from many different places but watch him explain what he learned from two great baseball franchises. … MORE ►
Posted: November 4th, 2011
Next week on NFL Network, the first Thursday night matchup of the 2011 season kicks off with the Chargers vs. the Raiders.
Then on Friday, check out the new film about the late-great owner of … MORE ►
Posted: November 1st, 2011
I thought I knew the NFL pretty well, coming into my apprenticeship at Films. Truth is I didn’t.
Sure I knew my fair share about the modern game and players that have starred in the … MORE ►
Posted: October 27th, 2011
Earlier Wednesday, we posted the Mt. Rushmore of the NFL with the faces of Vince Lombardi, George Halas, Jim Brown and Ed Sabol. Great selection of men. My choices would be Vince Lombardi, Pete Rozelle … MORE ►
Posted: October 14th, 2011
We complete our tribute week to Al Davis and his Oakland Raiders with some of their great moments from the 1970’s.
The “Sea of Hands” and “Ghost to the Post” games were memorable for Davis … MORE ►
Posted: October 12th, 2011
Today Films Encore takes a look at the impact Al Davis had on the 1976 Super Bowl champion Oakland Raiders.
Watch Hall-of-Fame coach John Madden talk about his experience working for the passionate owner, as … MORE ►