As the Las Vegas Raiders prepare for their new house to open its doors, they are paying tribute to the team’s past.
Allegiant Stadium will be the crown jewel of the Nevada desert when the Raiders finally take the field. It’s been years in the making with a relocation saga finally coming to an end. While many Raiders greats called Oakland and Los Angeles their home, that’s not preventing the team from honoring them.
Honoring The Past
According to the Raiders’ official site, many players will be receiving a “Legacy Brick” within the stadium. The program is another way for the Raiders to pay tribute to those who have made contributions to the team.
“When Allegiant Stadium inevitably opens the gates to Raider Nation, fans will be able to look down and see the names of Raiders alumni engraved in stone. Las Vegas is the future, but the Raiders aren’t forgetting about the past.” – Via Raiders.com
Several players started receiving notifications this week, with many expressing gratitude via Twitter.
A bittersweet reminder for sure, but I am honored. I look forward to seeing my brink among the proud men who can call themselves #Raiders— Langston B Walker (@langstonwalker) June 24, 2020
Thank you Davis family and the entire @Raiders organization. pic.twitter.com/W7YjiCC7Pi
Those certificates of recognition, like the one that Langston Walker received, honor their contributions from their time with the Silver and Black. Walker shared his reaction, stating that from his point of view, this was a way for the Raiders to show gratitude. More importantly, gratitude in recognizing that without contributions from players like him, there’d be no new stadium.
“Absolutely unexpected. I remember going to the mailbox, getting this letter, and opening it. When I realized what it was saying, [Owner] Mark Davis and the Raiders’ organization are basically saying, ‘We would not be at this point if it was not for you as former players.’
As the Silver and Black prepare to turn the page and begin this new era, it’s great to see the organization stick to their mantra of “Once a Raider, Always a Raider.” All things considered, a new stadium and a team that’s trending upwards, no doubt Al Davis is looking down and smiling.
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