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Al Davis dies

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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

  • mcskinnnylegs

    THANX VAN

  • chuck

    R.I.P. Mr.davis,thanks for giving us the raiders.

  • RaidersJulie

    I’m so sad

    Thanks for being here guys. I don’t post but i read all of you all the time. You help me feel less alone as a RAIDER fan in my cold and far far away Quebec City, Canada.

  • Mercy Me! GOD Bless Mr. Allen Davis, Mrs. Carol Davis, Mark Davis and the entire Davis family. My condolences, love and prayers goes out to the Davis family. Mr. Davis will greatly be missed! Mr. Davis you are in a better place. We loss a great NFL legend, husband, father, owner, and coach. Rest In Peace Mr. Allen davis. GOD BLESS you forever.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    There are guys on this team that no one beloved but Al. Guys like hu jack, jc, missle mike dhb, DVD & others. I would expect these dudes to go balls to the wall for the rest of their time in our colors!

  • ghostraiders

    Hang in there Jules.. its going to be OK…. I hope al left things in good hands..

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    If there was ever a day Al’s family read this blog. I hope it is today.

  • mcskinnnylegs

    STILL HARD TO SWALLOW MAN

  • Chioeke 3
  • EMRaiders

    Bresnahan better coach the game of his career on D tomorrow. Al being a defensive guy, that is the least he can do. And the players better play lights out.

  • mcskinnnylegs

    ISNT MIKE SILVER A Raider hater

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    I have never cared when a celebrity or public figure dies. This is different, & I knew it would suck. I didn’t know it would hurt. I’m gonna get drunk today & spill a little liqour for Al Davis, one of the few things to bring positive light to my beleaguered city.

    Today a part of Oakland died.

  • big pep

    R.I.P. BIG AL. condolences goes out to all his family and friends. I hope this is a wake up call to all the players on our team who are just collecting checks.

  • nycraider

    R.I.P Al Davis, for the past 41 years you have given me an my family a passion for and tremendous pride to be part of Raider Nation. Regardless of the highs and some lows your commitment to excellence was unmatched by any NFL owner in my lifetime. your combination of being a maverick and a visionary will impact the nfl and raidernation forever.

  • hwnrdr

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 10:26 am
    raiderkoolaid Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 10:16 am
    I am glad I was at Al’s last game, last Sunday. It was a privaledge.

    ***********************************************
    Wow, I didn’t even think of that.. I’m glad I was there too. I got to meet B@uce, Hwrdrdr, and other friends from this blog.

    Now I’m getting my drink on in my Raider cup I got from the game last week. Who’s with me?

    I’m with you Plunk! Was great meeting you last week…it won’t be the same now, looking to my right and above…There should be a Shield on that window now and blacked out! No one will ever take Al’s place!!!
    CODE BLACK my friend!

  • mcskinnnylegs

    I MEAN NO DISREPECT WHEN I SAY THIS BUT NFL IS WAY BIGGER THEN PRINCESS DIANA EVER WAS.SHE DIES THE WHOLE WORLD MOURNS FOR MONTHS ON NATIONAL TV ALL WE GET IS NFL NETWORK 2DAY THIS MAN WAS A LEGEND AND DESERVES MORE THAN THIS

  • JB

    Two great genius’ have passed in a matter of days: Al Davis & Steve Jobs. Both critical to the organizations they created. Both significant contributors to their own areas of interest. Both giants within their own spheres of interest.

    To sum it up, there will never, in our lifetime, be another Steve Jobs or another Al Davis.

    RIP Al Davis. You made a difference and will be missed.

  • big pep

    I’m gonna fill my flat screen full of 40cal holes, if i have to listen to all these fucs talk about how great Al was. knowing that for the past few years they all laughed and talked schyt about him. R.I.P.

  • RAIDERS!

  • PlunkforHOF

    Did you order the CODE BLACK? DID YOU ORDER THE CODE BLACK?!?!

    Al: You’re goddam right I did!

  • irishraiderfan

    AL DAVIS you were the man. You built team I love. RIP

  • hwnrdr

    Like 2Pac once rapped…woke up screaming F the World!
    Al Davis will live on through The Raiders and through us, as fans! next week, let us rock the parking lots, the stadium and give the man his respect…and for the rest of our Raider lives!

  • hwnrdr

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 10:52 am
    Did you order the CODE BLACK? DID YOU ORDER THE CODE BLACK?!?!

    Al: You’re goddam right I did!

    …and no one can handle that truth!!!

  • mcskinnnylegs

    MADDEN 12 ALL DAY IM BEATING 31 OTHER TEAMS 2DAY FOR AL

  • denverraider

    Thank you Mr. Davis.

    Brings the thought to mind, “What’s it mean to be a Raider fan without you?”

    Wish our guys had given you a win for your last game, but I bet they line up tomorrow and make it happen for you.

    Just win baby!

  • inonewordraider

    romo on 710 espn waxing poetic on Al, dude loves Al as we do

  • Skinny….what you play it on?

  • Richard Bentley

    By any measure, Al Davis was a great man. One of the requirements of being such a person is that you have to believe in yourself, and that was sometimes Al’s problem. Ironically, just at the end, I took back my loyalty to the team after 43 years because of the way Al had been handling things. That nonetheless takes nothing away from how high I hold him in esteem. He made more of an impact on the game than any other person in professional football history. His passing marks the end, really, of the pioneers of the game as it is played today.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Romanoskwi— Hated him as a Donk, loved him as a Raider

  • mcskinnnylegs

    PS3.U?

  • mcskinnnylegs

    HOW AWESOME WOULD IT BE IF THIS WAS LIKE THE WAKE UP CALL FOR #55

  • purvisman

    The New York Times columnist Dave Anderson, a frequently harsh critic, once wrote: “Al Davis can’t be all bad; it just seems that way.” But when Mr. Davis complained to Anderson about the criticism, Anderson could not help reporting that the conversation was fraught with charm:

    “Why do you always use that word when you write about me?” Mr. Davis asked Anderson.

    “What word?” replied Anderson, who then wrote:

    “ ‘Sinister,’ said Al Davis. ‘You always call me sinister.’

    “ ‘I thought you’d consider that word to be a compliment.’

    “ ‘Well, yeah,’ he said, ‘but my mother reads The Times.’ ” R.I.P.

  • Do you remember what Eleanor Roosevelt said to then Vice President Harry S. Truman when he offered his condolences following the passing of FDR?

    “Oh, Harry, I’m sorry for you. You’re the one that’s in trouble now.”

    Enter Amy Trask (about to go nuclear on the NFL).

    Players dedicate season to their fallen leader. . .

    The new definition of the Raiders. . .

    From the ashes of the funeral pyre. . .

  • The Oracle

    Mcskinnnylegs Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 9:44 am
    GOIN TO PUT ON MY RAIDERS GEAR EVERY 1 PLEASE DO THE SAME OUTTA RESPECT
    ________________________________________________________

    I am always flying my Raider colors. Clothes, sedans, truck,and house all have Raiders tags on them. Today will be no different, except for even more attitude.
    I am worried that someone at the Pop Warner field says something to me today cause I will pop him in the mouth. That’s not the place but the statement will be made.

  • Lil

    WHY DEY WANNA WISH DEATH ON AL AND MY RAIDERS!!!!!!
    Veryvery sad day for RAIDERNATION, AL DAVIS will be forever be missed.. Being a Raider to the bone, i hate the fact Al wont be around to his team return to greatness.. GOD BLESS AL’S FAMILY AND RAIDER NATION.. JUST WIN BABY…..

  • Twocents

    It is going to be tough to watch the game tomorrow without Al.

    I think I’ll mute the TV, get hammered and hum The Autumn Wind.

  • mcskinnnylegs

    LMAO ORACLE

  • Im watching National Football Championship, Søllerød Gold Digger vs Triangle Razorbacks, Al Davis is indirectly one of the reasons something like that can happen here in Denmark!

  • mcskinnnylegs

    R8ERRAY WHERE U GO?

  • mcskinnnylegs

    THINKING ABOUT GETTING A.D ADDED TO MY RAIDERS TAT

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    AL DAVIS Will Always Live In My Heart!!!

  • The Oracle

    Anybody catch that fat sissy Lombardi on NFL just now? Sissy always has a joke to laugh about with Warren the Sapp. That’s the guy I would love to bomb on…

  • 707raiders

    RIP Al Davis!!! I’m hurting right now!! Just Win Baby!!

  • hwnrdr

    For those going to the game in Houston tomorrow…give um hell like no other!
    For those of us coming to the Town next Sunday…pour out a little liquor for the man and lets give the O the most fireworks the town has ever seen!
    CODE BLACK 2011 and forever on!

  • The Oracle

    Catch up with the post later fellas. I wanna see what Krying Kell the hater has to say….

  • mcskinnnylegs

    I HATE LOMBARDI AND SAPP THESES GUYS SHOULDNT EVEN BE ALLOWED TO TALK 2DAY

  • hwnrdr

    707…what’s up brother?
    I don’t know if I messed up on copying your email, but here’s mine…hit me up for next week!
    durbshot@comcast.net

  • DT42

    RIP Al Davis

    There will never be another like you. You did things your way and you always believed in the Silver and Black. My sincere condolences to your family on this sad day.

  • ps3 too….still ballin

    😥

  • Post # 347; there is an ETERNAL Raider Shield on Heaven’s Gate. . .