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Coach Jackson, commissioner Goodell, others on Davis’ passing

By Steve Corkran
Saturday, October 8th, 2011 at 11:32 am in Oakland Raiders.

Reaction to the passing of Raiders managing general partner Al Davis is coming from everywhere. Here is a sampling of the reaction from coach Hue Jackson, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and several other former and current Raiders, courtesy of the Raiders:

Head coach Hue Jackson
“It is with my deepest and most sincere regret that Mr. Al Davis, Coach Davis to me, has passed away. My thoughts and prayers, first and foremost, go out to his wife and family, then the Raider family and organization. It is because of this accomplished man and his forever love of Silver and Black, the fire that burned in him I will honor and will always and forever burn in me.”

Commissioner Roger Goodell
“Al Davis’s 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.”

Tom Flores
“May he rest in peace. Forty eight years ago, I met Al, and every once in a while in your life, someone comes along that changes the direction of your life. He did that to me and changed the direction with his passion for the Raiders and professional football. He was a dear man, my mentor and most of all, my friend. I will miss him.”

Willie Brown
“I came to the Raiders in 1967 with the trade with Denver. It was the best thing that happened in my career to come and play for Mr. Davis. I’ve surely enjoyed every year and I’ve been here over 41 years. Our relationship has grown and it’s hard to believe, as strong a man as he was. I’ve enjoyed every year of being here with him and it’s a loss not only to the Raider organization, but to all of America. People love the Raiders and every time they think of the Raiders, they think of Mr. Davis. He was a great leader on and off the field and he took care of a lot of people in his lifetime. He helped guys off the field, not only guys that played for him but also guys that played for other teams. It’s a sad day in the Raider Nation, but we must go on.”

Jim Plunkett
“The passing of Al Davis saddens us all. He’s been a big part of my life, my family’s life since 1978 when he gave me a second chance and another opportunity to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, which I appreciate very much. He was always encouraging and helpful both on the field and off the field. He got me get ready to play as much as any coach out there including coach Tom Flores. He’ll be sorely missed. His contributions to the game of football go on and on. Not only will his fans and his former players and coaches miss him greatly, but the entire league will.”

Clem Daniels
“Mr. Davis was definitely a father figure to me. It’s a great loss not just for the Raiders, but for sports in general. We’ll miss him a lot. The Raider organization and tradition will continue and he’s left a legacy that we can all be proud of and that’s important to us all.”

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  • Thec07

    MR DAVIS is the RAIDER NATION

  • HairyBush

    I’m sad

  • Thec07

    Corkran you are on it today…thanks…

  • qodrn

    According to wikipedia, Al died this AM at his home on Mountain Blvd of prostate cancer.

  • WESTRAIDER

    Sad day in the nation

  • Thec07

    Yep, we lost a familiy member today no doubt…

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jamarcus Russell should be court ordered to pay for all funeral costs and expenses.

    I truely believe Jamarcus shaved a couple of years off Al’s life, and those years could have been used to watch some playoff victories the next few years.

    F U again Jamarcus Russell!!!!

  • morilla

    I don’t know what to say. What a sad day, You are in a better place Al. He brought such a huge part to our lives as Raider fans. He was and will always be the Oakland Raiders.

  • Just Fire Baby

    If he had prostate cancer, he knew this day was coming.

    Probably why he brought in the Biekert’s, Rod Woods and Steve Wiz’s in, without ANY coaching experience.

    Needed as many RAIDERS around as possible to carry on the legacy.

    I feel much more comfortable with this happening on Hue’s watch than if it happened two years ago on Cable’s.

  • EMRaiders

    The Frank Sinatra of Football, because he did it his way. – Ice Cube.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder
  • WESTRAIDER

    Greg papa on comcast bayarea now

  • WESTRAIDER

    Fk nfln

  • raidermarty

    Any RAIDER fan out there with a dry eye right now is not a true RAIDER fan at all…..

  • YoungAmerican

    My dad started bringing me to football games when I was 18 months old. He was a Notre Dame alum, so I was raised on that football tradition. The year I was born, Tim Brown won the Heisman. My first football memories were of Rocket Ismail taking it to the house.

    Those guys became my favorite football players from the moment I could understand even the most basic things about football. Two classic Al Davis-style football players… both drafted by the Raiders. So of course, even though I was from Chicago, I followed my two favorite players and became a Raider fan. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember.

    As I got older, I was able to identify with the Raider way. Outcasts, cast-offs, characters no other team wanted to deal with… the Raiders, under Al Davis, were determined to not only win, but win in the face of how the rest of the league thought the game should be.

    Al Davis or no, that’s always what the Raiders will represent to me. Like it or not, he IS the Raiders and will always be.

    I’m excited for the new era of Raider football, no doubt about that. But one thing that will never be lost, no matter what era, is the Raider mystique that Al Davis worked so hard to build. While the last couple decades have been trying for Raider fans, I think we can all appreciate the myriad of things Al Davis did to make the game of football what it is today.

  • Raiders562

    Truly a very sad day today, as much as Mr. Davis had us scratching our heads with some of the decision making as of late, He truly was an Icon,Legend. He will be missed! Raiders gotta play their hearts out tomorrow, It’s gonna be an emotional game! R.I.P AL Davis!

  • severeraiderz

    Im sitting crying man its like I lost a member of my family. So many took for granted Al Davis, what he did, and who he was. I was ok until I started reading the comments, Im never really on here but it was amazing to see my brothers and sisters who are on here even less paying there respects and sharing their stories. This is why the Raiders are a unique orginization, team, and fan base. It’s sad because only in his death will some appreciate the legend he was and the way that he accomplished it

  • HueKnows

    I pledge allegiance to the Shield of Oakland California and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under Al, indivisible, with Pride and Poise for all.

    Just Win Baby!!

  • TheToozFan55

    We are all in mourning for Mr. Davis. I will miss seeing him in the owner’s box. I hope the Raiders can feel our positive energy out in Houston and I hope we can win tomorrow for Mr. Davis.

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  • cofhandz

    I was saddened today to hear about Al Davis passing. He has been around my whole life and because I have been a fan since I was 7, I feel like I have known Al. Sort of like an uncle you never got to know, but heard the stories of the family members about him. For people like me who have seen the team be the best they could be and the worst they could be, I had to hold Al responsible for both sides of that. I was surprised to feel more than I thought, perhaps because his birthday is the same as my dad’s (July 4). Rest in peace Al. For better and for worse, you will be sorely missed. The NFL will never be the same. No one did it like you.