One of biggest regrets I have as a sportswriter was never answering Art Shell’s question: “Have you ever played the game?”

Shell used it as leverage whenever we dared question his decision-making as coach of the Los Angeles Raiders.

Shell was an otherwise decent man, a Hall of Fame offensive tackle, but he worked for Al Davis and that meant treating (most of) the media as the enemy. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.