Jan 17, 2015 12:45 AM
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Jack Del Rio lived Oakland Raiders history as a kid growing up in the East Bay, going to games at the Coliseum and cheering on those great teams coached by John Madden in the 1970s.
Del Rio is now coaching the favorite team of his childhood, tasked with ending 12 years of dismal performances that have left what once was the NFL's most successful team at the bottom of the league.
As heartwarming a story as the local hero coming home may be, that's not the sole reason why Del Rio took the job or the Raiders picked Del Rio.
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