Mark Davis

You'd figure a guy that owns an NFL team lives a pretty comfortable life. That's true for Mark Davis, but not in the way you'd think.

In Tim Keown's profile for ESPN the Magazine, Davis -- the son of the late legendary Raiders owner Al Davis -- is portrayed living the lifestyle of the ordinary man, if that ordinary man harbored a deep, deep love for Asian fusion cuisine and chain restaurants.

The profile opens with a fairly mind-blowing scene: Mark Davis driving his 1997 Dodge Caravan to the P.F. Chang's closest to his Bay Area home, sitting down at the bar and setting a Nokia push-button phone, circa 2003, next to him.

More amazing details: Davis' van has a VHS player mounted to the roof, and he wears a white fanny pack to the restaurant. This is the daily routine of a man who owns a franchise worth just shy of $1 billion.


Also incredible: Davis has a running joke he shares with the P.F. Chang's bartenders wherein he'll answer his 12-year-old Nokia cell phone and tell the caller, "I'm in my office," with a knowing nod to the bartenders.

It's just too perfect.

But all of that is truly only the tip of the iceberg. The story is filled with details that will break your brain. Example: until a back surgery laid him up, Davis had a Tuesday tradition of going to Hooters with Raiders fullback Marcel Reece and another former player, where they would participate in the restaurant's all-you-can-eat wing night.

It's $12.99 for all-you-can-eat wings.

"They never charge us," Davis tells ESPN, "but it just feels better to say you're getting all you can eat for $12."

Davis also says he swore off drinking 15 years ago, when he realized he needed to prepare to lead the Raiders. But he's ready to jump back off the wagon if the Raiders win the Super Bowl, or gets married.

Step aside, Dos Equis man. Mark Davis is the new Most Interesting Man In The World.

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