The Princess of Darkness has stepped down. Amy Trasks, who was currently the only female CEO in the NFL announced on Saturday that she has resigned her position with the Oakland Raiders and may end up pursuing a job with another organization.
“Having honored a commitment that I made to effectuate a smooth transition and transfer of control, I no longer wish to remain with the organization,” Trask said, via ProFootballTalk.com. “For over a quarter of a century, it was my honor and my privilege to work for the Raiders. I will forever appreciate the opportunity afforded me by Al Davis.”
Trask was hired by the Raiders back in the 1980′s in a legal position but it was in 1997 that they hired her as the CEO of the team. She quickly rose to prominence through her gentile and honest ways of doing things within the organization and helped off-set the craziness displayed by owner Al Davis. But despite being two wildly different personalities, Trask and Davis formed a close knit bond and his passing in 2011 effected Trask likely more so than it did any other member of the Raiders family not directly related to Davis.
She was named the NFL’s most powerful woman and before she resigned, Trask was deep in developments to try and work on a new stadium for the Oakland Raiders, a plan that long preceded her involvement with the team. But if there was an executive who could get it done, it was Trask and now that she’s a proverbial free agent, all 31 teams in the NFL should immediately consider where she fits in their organization.
Trask helped take a bumbling Raiders team and piece together a Super Bowl contender, so she’s established her chops for building up a franchise. But now she may venture to a team like the one across the bay in San Francisco where the team is already built up and any help she provides will only make an already amazing team that much better.
Either way, the Raiders are losing a great NFL executive in Trask and wherever she lands next, she’ll likely be able to take control like few can.