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Raiders owner Mark Davis says Hall of Famers’ families should get rings, jackets


Mark Davis is happy Pat Bowlen’s family is getting what they deserve from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Yet, Davis – the owner of the Oakland Raiders – wishes other deserving families received the same courtesy.

The Hall of Fame decided Tuesday that the family of Denver owner Pat Bowlen will receive his gold jacket and Hall of Fame ring. The Hall of Fame’s policy had been that only living inductees would get those mementos. But it relented in Bowlen’s case because he was alive at the time of election. Bowlen died in June. He will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame next month.

Still, inductees such as George Allen, Junior Seau and Ken Stabler all died before election. Thus, their families missed out on the token from the Hall of Fame.

Davis told ESPN that he things that policy should change.

“David Baker and the Hall of Fame made the right decision, and I believe it opens the door to reconsidering awarding rings and jackets to the families of all deceased enshrinees,” Davis told ESPN.com. “It opens the door to making it right for other families, like Junior Seau’s and Kenny Stabler’s.

“There’s no reason I should have my father’s ring and Bruce Allen does not have his. As a new member of the NFL owners Hall of Fame Committee, I’ll continue to advocate for the families.”