The Raiders released the following statement from Al Davis regarding the passing of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner:
“He was a friend and a warrior. We not only shared a birthday, but also an unyielding will to win and an unparalleled commitment to excellence.
“I judge sports figures based on individual achievement, team achievement and contributions to the game,” Davis said. “George was right up there with me at No. 1 — bright, aggressive and, most of all, not afraid.
“When the Yankees were going through the lean times in the ’80s and after we beat the Redskins in the Super Bowl in Tampa, George and I would talk and I would pep him up,” Davis said. “Later on, he did the same for me when Tampa beat us in the Super Bowl.”