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Bill Belichick had Randy Moss for a sixth-rounder until Al Davis stepped in

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Bill Belichick have several notable connections that are timely to revisit with the teams getting set to square off Sunday in Mexico City, such as the time Belichick apparently thought he had a trade for receiver Randy Moss consummated for a sixth-round draft choice.

Then Al Davis stepped in.

That’s the way it is told in the entertaining and insightful book “Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield” by Bruce Kebric and Jon Kingdon with Steve Corkran.

In the book, the authors noted how the late Davis “respected and consulted with Belichick” and “their relationship reached the point where Davis interviewed Belichick for Oakland’s head coaching vacancy in 1998.