Al Davis 1929-2011

The Hall of Famer, Al Davis died at his home in Oakland, Saturday. He was 82.

Mr. Davis, who bucked league authority time and again and won three Super Bowl titles during his half-century in professional football.

“Al Davis’ passion for football and his influence on the game were extraordinary, he defined the Raiders and contributed to pro football at every level. The respect he commanded was evident in the way that people listened carefully every time he spoke. He is a true legend of the game whose impact and legacy will forever be part of the NFL.” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992, Davis was a trailblazer during his half-century in professional football. He hired the first African American head coach of the modern era — Art Shell in 1989. He hired the first Latino American coach, Tom Flores, and the first woman CEO, Trask. And he was infallibly loyal to his players and officials: to be a Raider was to be a Raider for life.

Davis is survived by his wife, Carol, and son, Mark, who Davis had said would run the team after his death

“Just win, baby”

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Personally I’m not a Raiders fan at all, but you must respect what Al Davis has brought to the game of football and the NFL.

Al Davis also served as the AFL Commissioner for a short period of time in 1966.

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