Raiders defensive assistant Randy Hanson is managing general partner Al Davis' kind of employee: loyal, a tireless worker and of the belief that the Raiders are the standard by which all other organizations are measured.
"I just want to do anything I can to help the team," Hanson told Bay Area News Group last September in his only interview since he joined the Raiders in 2007. "That's all I care about. I don't care if anybody even knows my name."
While Hanson, 41, achieved his lifelong goal of coaching for the Raiders, he has failed at keeping his name out of the public eye.
Far from being anonymous, he is at the center of an incident that has gained national attention for its bizarre nature.
Hanson told the Napa Police Dept. that he was assaulted by another member of the Raiders coaching staff Aug. 5 at the team's training camp headquarters at the Napa Valley Marriott.
Raiders coach Tom Cable has been identified by numerous media outlets as the person who allegedly assaulted Hanson. Cable said twice earlier this week that "nothing happened" and said Thursday that "everything will be fine" once the facts are revealed.
On Friday, the Napa Police Dept. said it reopened its investigation into the case based on having received new information. The police had closed the case earlier this week because Hanson was unwilling to cooperate .
When asked after Friday's practice if he had a comment about the latest turn in the case,
Hanson reportedly has hired San Francisco-based attorney John McGuinn and was prepared to turn over to Napa police medical records that show he received a fractured jaw during an altercation in a meeting that included Hanson, Cable, defensive coordinator John Marshall and defensive backs coaches Willie Brown and Lionel Washington.
The incident reportedly occurred soon after Cable informed Hanson that he was being demoted.
If so, it's a precipitous fall from the springtime when Hanson confided to friends and family that he was being groomed by Davis to be a general manager of sorts.
He said he was going to have a hand in all personnel matters and report directly to Davis. If so, that never materialized.
There are those within the organization who believed that Hanson was Davis' spy.
Hanson was reached by Bay Area News Group on Monday at the Raiders' year-round facility in Alameda. He said, "I can't talk right now." Subsequent phone calls have not been returned.
Hanson is a Washington native who played quarterback at San Joaquin Delta College, Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College and Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.).
He launched his coaching career in 1996-97 as a graduate assistant at the University of Washington, where he coached the defensive line and special teams.
Hanson also coached at Eastern Washington and Portland State before he was hired by the Minnesota Vikings in 2003. He worked for the St. Louis Rams in 2006 before Davis hired him the following year.
Hanson made it through his first season with the Raiders without a hitch. In 2008, he was suspended by then-coach Lane Kiffin for a locker room outburst in which Hanson criticized Kiffin for not having the Raiders prepared for the regular-season opener, a 41-14 loss to the Denver Broncos.
"I was asked to take the week off because I needed to get back to who I am and to be the old Randy," Hanson said of the reason he was given by Kiffin. "I've never missed a game in my life. I've never been a problem anywhere I've been. I've always gotten along with people."
Kiffin also ordered Hanson to undergo two medical evaluations, according to Hanson.
Three weeks after the loss to the Broncos, Davis fired Kiffin. Hanson went unpunished by Davis.
The day before he was fired, Kiffin told MediaNews Group that Hanson was so consumed by his job that he oftentimes didn't know the difference between day and night.
Former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's portrait of Hanson seemed to confirm Hanson's relentless pursuit of his dream job.
"He doesn't sleep at night, he just studies, studies, studies," Ryan said Aug. 8, 2007. "And this guy was hired to (break down opponents) for us, personnelwise, and he's been tremendous. Smartest guy. Like I say, 'Man, you might be the smartest guy in the National Football League.' He goes, 'Well, there are smarter guys out there, but they're in NASA.' So, this guy is a huge plus for us."
To which Hanson replied, "I feel, maybe, Rob built me up so much that others around me are trying to tear me down. But, you know what? I'm not going to let it happen. You know why? Because I'm a Raider."