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SteelCityMom 10-08-2011 09:49 AM

Al Davis dead at 82
 
Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has died
Posted by Michael David Smith on October 8, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...avis-has-died/

Al Davis, the Oakland Raiders owner who was one of the towering figures of professional football over the last half century, has died.

The Raidersí web site has confirmed that Davis passed away this morning. He was 82.

In 1963, the Raiders, at the time a struggling franchise in the upstart American Football League, hired the 33-year-old Davis to be their head coach and general manager. He instantly reversed the teamís fortunes and was named the AFLís Coach of the Year in their first season.

After three seasons as the teamís head coach, Davis briefly left to become commissioner of the AFL, and his aggressive approach in competing head to head with the NFL was one of the reasons that the NFLís owners agreed to merge with their rival league. With that mission accomplished, Davis settled into a new role as managing general partner of the Raiders, a role he would stay in for the rest of his life.

On Davisís watch, the Raiders won Super Bowls XI, XV and XVIII. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992 and is the only person to serve as a personnel assistant, scout, assistant coach, head coach, general manager, commissioner and team owner.

Davis will be remembered as one of the greatest contributors to the game of football that the sport has ever seen.

davidtrout 10-08-2011 12:49 PM

Re: Al Davis dead at 82
 
R.I.P. Al.

Love him, hate him, something in between? I sure do admire the way he lived his life.

ETL 10-08-2011 02:27 PM

RIP Big Al
 
You were one crazy motherf#*%er but I owe you a ton for helping develop the NFL - my most enjoyable pastime and the biggest waster of time in my life.

Ill root for the "Ray eee ders" this week in your honor

Goldsteel86 10-08-2011 02:30 PM

Re: RIP Big Al
 
RIP AL, one of the last of the original "Founders", have to root for your boys in Black and Silver tomorrow!!!!!

Steeldude 10-08-2011 02:42 PM

Re: RIP Big Al
 
it's horrible when anyone dies, but without sounding cold, the raiders are better off now. look for the raiders to start making moves in these next couple of seasons. no more drafting players based solely on speed.

ricardisimo 10-08-2011 03:18 PM

Re: Al Davis dead at 82
 
Wait a second... Al Davis was alive? :huh:

ricardisimo 10-08-2011 03:27 PM

Re: RIP Big Al
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Steeldude (Post 951491)
it's horrible when anyone dies, but without sounding cold, the raiders are better off now. look for the raiders to start making moves in these next couple of seasons. no more drafting players based solely on speed.

It wasn't just speed he looked at. It was speed and the police blotter.

Wrong forum, by the way.

Atlanta Dan 10-08-2011 04:51 PM

Re: Al Davis dead at 82
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ricardisimo (Post 951492)
Wait a second... Al Davis was alive? :huh:

In his own way very much so

http://uvtblog.com/wp-content/upload...-funny-uvt.jpg

RIP Al - the greatest sports rivalry i have ever witnessed was the Steelers-Raider blood feud from 1972 - 1976 when they met in the playoffs for 5 straight years

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...V7Q0QcpnulKGmw

caplovestroyp43 10-08-2011 05:43 PM

Re: Al Davis dead at 82
 
I heard people talking about him at work today and thought "Who gives a crap?" NOT knowing that he had passed away. Now I know what all the fuss was!

RIP Mr. Davis. The Raiders-Steelers games of the 70's will never be forgotten by this fan!

:tt02:

silver & black 10-08-2011 06:19 PM

Re: RIP Big Al
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Steeldude (Post 951491)
it's horrible when anyone dies, but without sounding cold, the raiders are better off now. look for the raiders to start making moves in these next couple of seasons. no more drafting players based solely on speed.

That remains to be seen.

I've wanted Al to relinquish power for some time, now. I never hoped it would come to this.

This is going to be a different world from here on out as far as the Raiders are concerned. I can only hope it is better than it has been recently. Time will tell. I do hope a little of the mystique/Al attitude Remains.


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