Jon Kingdon is a former longtime scout for the Oakland Raiders. In June he published a book titled “Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield,” where he issues untold stories of the late coach, executive and owner.
Kingdon was with the Raiders for 31-years and has now chronicled various behind the scene occurrences in a book that is being reviewed as a very accurate and fair depiction.
He references Davis as a “true Renaissance man, and widely read.” From questions pertaining to Syracuse (Davis’ alma mater) to an election in Iran, Kindgon had to always be on his toes with Davis.
And beyond Davis’ grip and complicated nature, Kingdon acknowledges Davis as an empathetic man who offered a hand whenever possible.