This week on the tablets: a tribute to Al Davis

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Paying homage to the life and work of one of the pillars of the modern NFL is a tall task, yet special contributor Richard Hoffer’s essay on the late Al Davis perfectly captures a man who remained a rebel to the end while forever altering the shape of pro football. Two of the extras in the tablet edition of this week’s Oct. 17 issue run in conjunction with Hoffer’s piece: a video tribute to Davis and the Dec. 2, 1974 magazine story “What the Raiders Have is Genius,” written by Dan Jenkins and serving as this week’s SI Digital Bonus.

Two of this week’s feature stories include highly informative hot spots. Writer-reporter Pablo S. Torre’s (@SIPabloTorre) story on walk-on football players includes pictures and descriptions of five players who started their collegiate careers without scholarships but still developed into alltime greats. Senior writer Chris Ballard’s (@SI_ChrisBallard) and author Owen Good’s profile of Kelly Jack Swift, “The Invisible Fastball,” also features a quintet of hot spots, which highlight the accomplishments of five baseball players who made legends of themselves in the minors but not in the big leagues.

There is also a photo gallery of the best shots from the American and National League Championship Series, Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) podcast interviews of both Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Sweetness author Jeff Pearlman, senior writer Jim Trotter’s (@SI_JimTrotter) predictions for Week 6 of the NFL and the latest edition of Just Askin’, featuring Auburn football coach Gene Chizik.


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