The Oakland Raiders hosted some special guests for their first training camp practice on Friday.
In attendance were men and women from the nation's military, dressed in full uniform to take in the excitement on the field. Also in attendance were Raiders legends from over the years, including (but not limited to) wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff, quarterback Jeff Hostetler and defensive end Ted Hendricks.
The invitation was all part of "alumni weekend", an event that has become tradition at Oakland Raiders training camp.
Head coach Jack Del Rio, who grew up rooting for the Raiders while living in Hayward, Calif., enjoyed seeing all of the former greats in attendance to watch his team train in an attempt to restore the greatness to the Silver & Black.
It was great to see all of the former Raiders here supporting us and obviously the military is out here today as well, but in particular, the number of former players that have come back to support us and we welcome them back," Del Rio said after Friday's practice. "I think the organization, [Owner] Mark Davis and [Team President] Marc Badain and [General Manager] Reggie [McKenzie], I think to do that and have those guys come back for a weekend like this, I think it’s awesome. Great to see them, lot of guys I grew up cheering for and we welcome them. Super excited to have them out here.”
Mark Davis has done a great job keeping old players around, something his father and iconic owner Al Davis always did, even coining the phrase: "Once a Raider, always a Raider."