After more than 50 years in football at every level, including 34 with the Silver and Black, longtime Raider Executive Assistant Al LoCasale is leaving his full-time duties with the organization.
"It's been a great run, filled with many, many years of glory and very few days of defeat," said LoCasale. "Now it's time to concentrate on my other family – wife Jananne and sons Nicholas and Alexander."
LoCasale has been with the Raiders through five decades, having joined the organization in 1969, after stays as Director of Player Personnel with the Chargers in Los Angeles and San Diego and as the founding Personnel Director of the Cincinnati Bengals.
"Few people in this field have been as fortunate as I have. All three of the legendary principals I have worked with – Al Davis with the Raiders, Paul Brown with the Bengals and Sid Gillman with the Chargers – earned their way into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. If a man is truly measured by the company he keeps, then I have been surrounded by giants. I will miss the game, but more so the wonderful people involved – the players, coaches, staff, owners and fans. I expect to remain close to professional football, and especially the Raiders, in the years ahead. Once a Raider, always a Raider."
Raiders owner Al Davis has a six-decade association with LoCasale, dating back to when the two were at the University of Southern California in the late 1950s.
"Al LoCasale poured his talent, enthusiasm and devotion into the greatness of the Raiders," said Davis. "This is not goodbye but a new beginning. Al was a superb administrator who will continue to be associated with the Raiders and will work on special projects for the Silver and Black. We wish Al, his wife Jananne and his two sons, Nicholas and Alexander good luck. We hope the years ahead will be the happiest and most memorable of their lives."
Raiders Head Coach Bill Callahan offered praise for LoCasale, a founding member of the NFL Working Executives Group who also served on the Board of Directors of both NFL Properties and NFL Films.
"For 35 years, Al LoCasale has been an asset for every Raiders coach," said Callahan. "We will miss his daily presence, but never forget his valuable insight."