The Only Nation Podcast welcomes former Las Vegas Raider scout Jon Kingdon to the show. He discusses his behind-the-scenes experiences with the organization and what it was like working with The Maverick, Al Davis.
In episode 16, the crew chops it up with former Raiders scout and author Jon Kingdon. Before bringing Kingdon onto the show, the hosts give an update on Raider and NFL news. Training camp has officially been moved to the new headquarters and training facility in Henderson, Nevada. Additionally, head coach Jon Gruden and his staff plan to be working out of the complex as soon as construction is complete.
They cover how the new Allegiant Stadium has revealed it’s 85-foot tall, aluminum and carbon fiber, 3-D printed Al Davis Torch that burns a never before seen type of flame. Henry Ruggs III not only manages to avoid major injury in a moving accident, but also welcomes his new daughter into the world. Not to be outdone, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and his wife Heather announce that they are expecting their fourth child, a girl.
In response to world events, the NFL now admits that they handled the kneeling protests that took place during the national anthem in 2017 the wrong way. NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent has also thanked players such as Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins for their work in standing up against the police brutality and racial inequality that exists in America.
Jon Kingdon then joins the show to talk about his book “Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield” and discusses the 33 years he spent in the organization. He shares what it was like working with Davis, and describes the one draft that he wishes could have been done over. He reveals how it was possible to actually express disagreement to Davis without ending up on the unemployment line. Kingdon also talks about Al and Mark Davis’s individual legacies as owners of the team and if the Raiders are poised to dominate the league as they once did in the 70’s and 80’s. To wrap up the show, Kingdon answers the eternal question, would Al Davis have made the move to Las Vegas if given the chance?
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