Herrera has no regrets over dismissal by Raiders

Senior executive and media liason John Herrera's departure from the Oakland Raiders signals even more of a sea change in the organization, as new general manager Reggie McKenzie seeks to put his own stamp on the franchise.

Herrera was another line to the late Al Davis, and the long-time Raider employee says he leaves with no regrets or ill feelings toward the organization after his departure this week, according to InsideBayArea.com.

“I don’t have anything negative to say,” Herrera said. “I’ve been a Raiders fan since I was 14 and the AFL was formed and my family gave up 49ers tickets in 1960. I developed great friendships with players and coaches and front office people. I’m not going to be able to turn any of that off. All I can do is wish them the best.”

Herrera is best known for an argument with columnist Tim Kawakami that was caught on camera. But his contributions to the Raiders go far beyond that for a man who had worked for the organization for the majority of his adult life.

“It’s been something I’ve been really thinking about since Al passed away last October,” Herrera said. “I had a great run. I was there 35 years, three different tours of duty. Particpated in three different Super Bowls. I had an unbelievably great relationship with the owner and his family since I was a kid in 1963.”

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