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Al Davis dies

Al Davis, the iconic owner of the Raiders who built a pro football team in his own image, moved it to Los Angeles and then back again, has died at age 82.

The club announced his death on its Web site with the statement:

“AL DAVIS

JULY 4, 1929 _ OCT. 8, 2011

THE RAIDER FAMILY WILL ISSUE A STATEMENT LATER TODAY”

The Raiders are in Houston for Sunday’s game against the Texans. Although in failing health because of an undisclosed health issues, Davis attended the Raiders’ most recent game, a 31-19 loss to the New England Patriots.

He did not travel to a Week 2 game in Buffalo, only the second game he has missed since the team returned to Oakland in 1995.

Although the Raiders haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1983 and have just three seasons with records over .500 in 15 seasons since returning to Oakland, Davis achieved his goal of making his team one of the most recognizable franchises in professional sports.

Davis is survived by his wife Carol and son Mark. He said in previous interviews his wife and son would inherit the Raiders upon his death, although in keeping with the secrecy inherent in the organization, little is known about how the club will function in terms of day-to-day operations.

Inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992, Davis is the lone member to have been an assistant coach, head coach, general manager, owner and commissioner. His life’s work has been the Raiders, for whom he was the dominant figure for nearly 50 years.

With Davis in control the Raiders won 15 division championships, four conference championships and captured the Super Bowl following the 1976, 1980 and 1983 seasons, losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002.

The Raiders developed a reputation for bringing in renegades and misfits and were one of the most polarizing team in pro football, with a loyal, rowdy fan base and even more fans who considered them arch-enemies because of their penchant for penalties and intimidation.

Davis, with his black and white sweatsuits, 1950s hairstyle and unapologetic insistence on the bottom line, was the central figure.

“I’m a sore loser,’’ Davis said in an Oakland Tribune interview for a profile accompanying his selection as the most significant sports figure in Bay Area history by the publication.

In developing catch phrases such as “Commitment to Excellence’’ and “Pride and Poise,’’ and leaning heavily on tradition, Davis believed the name brand of the Raiders was rivaled only by the New York Yankees pinstripes and the green uniforms of the Boston Celtics in terms of fan recognition.

Davis spoke of the Raiders being known around the world, and said in a 2010 interview on Sirius Satellite Radio, “We’ve always wanted to be global, and we are global. You take that silver and black, that uniform, and you can go anywhere in the world and they know what you’re talking about.’’

Shortly after his selection to the Hall of Fame in 1992, Davis explained how he built the Raiders through the influence of his Brooklyn youth.

“I always wanted to take an organization and make it the best in sports,’’ Davis said. “I admired the New York Yankees for their power, intimidation. I admired the Brooklyn Dodgers under Branch Rickey for their speed and player development. I felt there was no reason the two approaches couldn’t be combined into one powerful organization.’’

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • EMRaiders

    I have to say, NFL network is dedicating the whole day to AL. That is impressive coming from them. Well done NFL, for recognizing how much Al is worth to not only the football and sports world, but the whole world itself.

  • http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/ r8eray

    under r8eray west coast

  • jmcclain

    Armond Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 9:35 am
    i hope all u idiots who bashed this man and poked fun at how he looked are happy. so many of you wanted him to sell the team and thought that we would be better for it can go to hell. there was alot of things that made me sick about him but that man was an icon and did everything he could to make his team better which is more than i can say for most owners especially the A’s owners. none of u know how to put a team 2gether but had all the damn answers. you had no respect for history or what this organization stood for. he fugged up moving the team to LA but brought them back. those of us from OAKLAND have always been made to feel inferior in the phony azz bay area but this team fit our rebellious spirit. its a reason why we say once a raider always a raider and he is a big reason why. if mr or any other jackazz comes on here talkin sh!t about him the moderators better ban their azz.fugg all these media haters who have talked sh!t who will now kiss his azz. its up to all u players and coaches now to win this damn superbowl THIS YEAR for him, no excuses. i didnt always like you or what u did but thanks for the memories and MY OAKLAND RAIDERS. i cant believe im tearin up over this sh!t. lets get behind this team more than ever raider brothers.

    RIP AL DAVIS.
    —————————–

    nice man

  • Ghost to the Post

    Al lives in my Raider heart. I never thought this day would come. I hope the organization can maintain our commitment to excellence. Just win Baby!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Al Davis is dead! Long live Amy Trask!

  • mcskinnnylegs

    R8ERAY I JUST SENT A FRIEND REQUEST ON PSN TO R8ERAY IT WENT THROUGH I THINK ITS U MY NAME IS RASTA-RAIDER ON PSN ADD ME BRO

  • http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/ r8eray

    k….give me a sec.

  • http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/ r8eray

    done….

  • mcskinnnylegs

    ANYBODY KNOW IF NMANDI HAS MADE A STATEMNT?

  • mcskinnnylegs

    UR AVATAR A PLUG LOL

  • jmcclain

    Got a raider tat on my calf about a yr ago. Its a shield but done with my own personal touch. It wasnt finished cause all the way cause i was trying to figure out the wording for it. Its been a struggle seriously. But now i will have the wording RIP AL DAVIS. I think that would be perfect. Thanks davis and the raider organization for giving us raider nation fans an escape from the every day grind from are normal lives. The raiders gave us a place to go and relax and for three hours on sunday forget about everything else.

  • HueKnows

    “During this indescribably difficult time, let us all reflect upon what it means to be a Raider – let us all reflect upon how privileged we are to be Raiders – and let us all be Raiders” Amy Trask

  • mcskinnnylegs

    MCLAIN NEW POST

  • RaiderMario420

    This is the saddest day in the history of the Raider Nation. Rest in peace, Mr. Davis. You were the Raiders, and the Raiders are you.

  • mcskinnnylegs

    AND OTHERS THERES A NEW POST

  • armond

    i will miss his great press conferences.i was really eager to hear what he would say after finally winning another superbowl. i will miss him letting the media have it. now all of these mediots wont have much sh!t to talk anymore.

  • mikedlopes

    May his passion forever burn in the current and future players of The Oakland Raiders.

    <3 u AL

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 10:00 am
    I am blowing off all appointments today. I’m dressed in black, gonna go make a fat drink and fire up the Vaporizer with some fine Strawberry tree. I am in mourning and anyone who can’t accept that can fck right off. The ones I want to communicate with are right here, the Raider Nation. We are gonna need each other to get past our grief.

    CODE BLACK remains in effect.
    ___________________
    I hear bruh. I’m rite wit u
    OG Kush here.

    RIP
    MR. Raider Al Davis

    The Raiders will always be the Raiders
    he will live through his team his organization his legacy
    He will be recognized for many many years!!

  • autopalm77

    IT’S HARD TO DESCRIBE WHAT WAS GOING ON INSIDE, THE SUN THAT WAS YOU, HAS LEFT ME TO DIE. THE FIRE WE SHARED THAT BURNED HOT AND INTENSE, REFUSED TO LIGHT, THE STARS WERE LEFT ALWAYS TO BE MY TEARS ON THE DARKEST NIGHT. THE LAUGHTER FROM YOUR CHEER IS A DISTANT ECHO ON THESE OFF WHITE WALLS, NO LONGER A SAFETY OR SOLACE IN TIMES WHEN I WOULD EMOTIONALLY FALL.

    IT’S HARD TO DESCRIBE WHAT TERMINATION HAS ACHIEVED, THE HOLE THAT IS LEFT INSIDE CAN NEVER BE APPEASED. THE PAIN WAS SO STRANGE IT HUNG HEAVY LIKE A WEIGHT, IT PULLS, NOW, ON MY HEART AS IF I AM ABOUT TO SUFFOCATE.

    IT’S HARD TO DESCRIBE HOW A LOVE THAT IS SO LONG IGNORED, CAN EVENTUALLY TAKE ITS TOLL, EVEN UNDOUBTEDLY, CRIPPLING AND DESTROYING THE STRONGEST OF SOULS. WE FACED LIFE TOGETHER EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR, THE SADNESS OF LOST MEMORIES BRINGS NOTHING BUT LONELINESS AND TEARS.

    IT’S HARD TO DESCRIBE IN HOPING THAT THERE IS NO TOMORROW, FOR ALL I HAVE NOW IS TO SWIM IN AN OCEAN OF SORROW. MAY YOUR MINDS EYE RECOLLECT WITH VIVID COLOR AND A BEAUTY AND WARMTH IN YOUR HEART, GOODBYE MR. DAVIS, WE WILL BE FOREVER APART. PLEASE REMEMBER RAIDER FANS HOW HE TOUCHED YOUR LIFE, GLORY, SUCCESS, ADMIRATION AND SOMETIMES STRIFE. HOPEFULLY THE POOLS THAT CASCADE DOWN OUR FACES IN SALTED STREAMS, WILL BE EXTINGUISHED BY HOPE, HAPPINESS AND THE REALIZATION OF AL’S DREAMS…..REST IN PEACE….LOVE….77

  • redshirt

    R.I.P. Al

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