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Raiders react to Davis’ passing via Twitter

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The Raiders learned of managing general partner Al Davis’ passing in a team meeting Saturday morning. From there, it didn’t take long for the players to express their feelings in a way that would have been foreign to Davis: via Twitter.

“My heart goes out to Carol and Mark Davis. I will always respect, admire and be grateful for the opportunity he gave me.” -– Raiders Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen

“R.I.P Coach Al Davis … Thank you for everything. You’ve changed my life. A true players Owner.” –- Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey

“R.I.P. Mr. Davis. I’m am forever in debt to you. Thank you for drafting me and changing my life.” -– Raiders safety Mike Mitchell

“My heart go out to everybody he has touched and feels like I do right now… R.I.P. Mr. Davis & THANK YOU for everything u have done for me.” –- Raiders safety Jerome Boyd

“Tomorrow we will go out there & celebrate the life of Mr. Davis and honor him by laying it all on the line…so thankful he made me a Raider.” –- Raiders tight end Kevin Boss

“R.I.P to our owner Al Davis. He was such pioneer to the game of football. If it wasn’t for you, a lot of us players wouldn’t be where we are.” — Raiders wide receiver Louis Murphy

“Thank you Al Davis for giving me the chance to live out my dream! I am proud to be a Raider and enjoyed our close relationship.” – Raiders fullback Marcel Reece

“My prayers go out to the Davis family. I’m proud to be a part of this organization and the influence of Coach Davis.” – Raiders rookie cornerback Chimdi Chekwa

“It pains me to say this…R.I.P. to the greatest sports owner to ever walk the earth…Allan Davis.” – Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt

“Never got 2 say thanks #mr.davis 4 giving me the chance 2 be a Raider ur a legend 2 the nfl My thoughts n prayers go out 2 the davis family.” – Raiders running back Michael Bush

“Al Davis’s passion for football and his influence on the game were extraordinary. Al Davis is a true legend of the game whose impact and legacy will forever be part of the NFL.” – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

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  • GoodOle00
  • GoodOle00

    A black day for us all…

  • EMRaiders

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

  • GoodOle00

    3. Nice…

  • EMRaiders

    Snoop tweeting his condolences as well.

  • WESTRAIDER

    Comcast bayarea now papa speaking on davis

  • EMRaiders

    Yet to hear from Madden though. I wonder what he is thinking…

  • Method To My Madness

    I cant stop the tears yall……Al helped shaped my personality…I’ve been an underdog my whole life and my city my area code my team has been frowned upon. They label us dumb out of control nggers,wetbacks and poor white trash at Raider nation. In college I wrote the best paper ever about how Al Davis influenced my life

    At a time in my life when I wasnt around my father and his family I had the Raiders as my outlet. Since I was a little boy I followed everything with this team. It was the only thing I could talk with my father for a while cuz that was our connection. AL HAS MEANT SO MUCH TO ME. I’m beyond crushed yall.

    Al was my fking HERO. He is just like me stubborn and gracious all at the same time. Always wanting to beat the odds and win in life

    Pride and Poise wasnt talking about football. The Will to win wasnt talking about football. Just Win baby wasnt talking about football

    IT WAS LIFE

    I am an underdog and I’m from Oakland and I’m fking proud!

    I’m gonna cry from start to finsish tomorrow during the game and will be an emotional wreck next week vs Cleveland

    I love all you Raider brothers no matter where you from. I apologize for my austere nature. I just wanted to see us win again and Al hold up the trophy again. I just wanted to win cuz everyone calls us losers and I didnt wanna be labeled a loser anymore. Its gonna be hard to post on here anymore. My leader and my hero has left

    Call you an Al Davis stooge, call me his bootlicker and Al defender…I loved what he stood for. He was his own man and he marched to a different drum. It not for Al I may have never moved back to the Bay Area in my teenage years. I love the guy to death and I’m crying while writing this….sorry for being so emotional guys. I love the Raiders more than anything outside of my family and you guys are my second family. I love yall and I hope we can rep hard tomorrow in a big win for al. My dude Raider Dell is in Texas and he is gonna bring that spirit to Houston and he will be the 12th man for our guys

    CODE BLACK….Forever I love you Al…..thank you for being the maverick who wasnt apart of the in crowd. Lord knows you will be missed

  • HairyBush

    My wife made fun of me for tearing up. She thinks it’s just about football, I explained to her it’s much deeper. Being a Raier dan is a mentality and way of life. R.I.P my love/hate family member.

  • Method To My Madness

    “R.I.P Coach Al Davis … Thank you for everything. You’ve changed my life. A true players Owner.” –- Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey

    “R.I.P. Mr. Davis. I’m am forever in debt to you. Thank you for drafting me and changing my life.” -– Raiders safety Mike Mitchell

    “My heart go out to everybody he has touched and feels like I do right now… R.I.P. Mr. Davis & THANK YOU for everything u have done for me.” –- Raiders safety Jerome Boyd

    “Tomorrow we will go out there & celebrate the life of Mr. Davis and honor him by laying it all on the line…so thankful he made me a Raider.” –- Raiders tight end Kevin Boss

    “R.I.P to our owner Al Davis. He was such pioneer to the game of football. If it wasn’t for you, a lot of us players wouldn’t be where we are.” — Raiders wide receiver Louis Murphy

    “Thank you Al Davis for giving me the chance to live out my dream! I am proud to be a Raider and enjoyed our close relationship.” – Raiders fullback Marcel Reece

    “My prayers go out to the Davis family. I’m proud to be a part of this organization and the influence of Coach Davis.” – Raiders rookie cornerback Chimdi Chekwa

    “It pains me to say this…R.I.P. to the greatest sports owner to ever walk the earth…Allan Davis.” – Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt

    “Never got 2 say thanks #mr.davis 4 giving me the chance 2 be a Raider ur a legend 2 the nfl My thoughts n prayers go out 2 the davis family.” – Raiders running back Michael Bush
    *********************************

    Let’s go guys….even you DHB…let’s get this win and let’s get this AFC west, lets get this playoff home game let’s win the AFC let’s take this SB and show em how men can rise in even the most doubtful times

  • WESTRAIDER

    Comcast bayarea talking wit greg papa now he teared up made me cry

  • No doubt Amy has Al’s Rolodex downloaded in her brainpan.

    I expect the Good Ship Amy Trask to guide the Raiders in their intended direction. . .

    She’ll make the informed decisions. The Raiders will have the model staff, from management on down, from stem to stern. . .

    God Save the Queen! Let her Raider Tenure Reign supreme!

  • EMRaiders

    I am very happy this has come as such a big news. It shows how big of an influential figure he was. Good for the Davis family to see this.

    NFL network is pretty much dedicating the whole day to Al and the Raiders. they are having a show “Al Davis: #1 for all time” at 5:30 pst. And the Raiders-Redskins superbowl after.

    Thank you NFL network for showing the respect he deserves.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Awesome B@uce.

    No one should post after that.

    Just let it ride…….

  • Method To My Madness

    HairyBush Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 11:50 am
    My wife made fun of me for tearing up. She thinks it’s just about football, I explained to her it’s much deeper. Being a Raier dan is a mentality and way of life. R.I.P my love/hate family member.
    *****************************

    It has nada to do with football…..we have been outcasts and overlooked in our lives and still rise everyday to fight this BEAST to play in this game called LIFE

  • GForce21

    Method To My Madness Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I cant stop the tears yall……Al helped shaped my personality…I’ve been an underdog my whole life and my city my area code my team has been frowned upon. They label us dumb out of control nggers,wetbacks and poor white trash at Raider nation. In college I wrote the best paper ever about how Al Davis influenced my life

    At a time in my life when I wasnt around my father and his family I had the Raiders as my outlet. Since I was a little boy I followed everything with this team. It was the only thing I could talk with my father for a while cuz that was our connection. AL HAS MEANT SO MUCH TO ME. I’m beyond crushed yall.

    Al was my fking HERO. He is just like me stubborn and gracious all at the same time. Always wanting to beat the odds and win in life

    Pride and Poise wasnt talking about football. The Will to win wasnt talking about football. Just Win baby wasnt talking about football

    IT WAS LIFE

    I am an underdog and I’m from Oakland and I’m fking proud!

    I’m gonna cry from start to finsish tomorrow during the game and will be an emotional wreck next week vs Cleveland

    I love all you Raider brothers no matter where you from. I apologize for my austere nature. I just wanted to see us win again and Al hold up the trophy again. I just wanted to win cuz everyone calls us losers and I didnt wanna be labeled a loser anymore. Its gonna be hard to post on here anymore. My leader and my hero has left

    Call you an Al Davis stooge, call me his bootlicker and Al defender…I loved what he stood for. He was his own man and he marched to a different drum. It not for Al I may have never moved back to the Bay Area in my teenage years. I love the guy to death and I’m crying while writing this….sorry for being so emotional guys. I love the Raiders more than anything outside of my family and you guys are my second family. I love yall and I hope we can rep hard tomorrow in a big win for al. My dude Raider Dell is in Texas and he is gonna bring that spirit to Houston and he will be the 12th man for our guys

    CODE BLACK….Forever I love you Al…..thank you for being the maverick who wasnt apart of the in crowd. Lord knows you will be missed
    ——————————

    Great post. Solemn day for Raider Nation.

  • raidermarty

    Man, I don’t know about y’all but reading the Marcus Allen tweet just broke open the flood gates for me.
    For Marcus to say those things meant alot to me
    R.I.P. MR. DAVIS
    CODE BLACK

  • Method To My Madness

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 11:54 am
    Awesome B@uce.

    No one should post after that.

    Just let it ride…….
    ***************************

    I just wanna win mayne

  • HairyBush

    Method To My Madness Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 11:54 am
    HairyBush Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 11:50 am
    My wife made fun of me for tearing up. She thinks it’s just about football, I explained to her it’s much deeper. Being a Raier dan is a mentality and way of life. R.I.P my love/hate family member.
    *****************************

    It has nada to do with football…..we have been outcasts and overlooked in our lives and still rise everyday to fight this BEAST to play in this game called LIFE

    —————————
    Well said brother

  • Mickey Rat

    I know many of my Raider Nation brothers and sisters feel the same as I do right now. Losing Big Al after all these years…actually decades…of being a Raider fan is like losing a member of my family. A role model to me to say the least. Just hope the team can win in his honor. Man, am I brokenhearted right now. GO RAIDERS!

  • El Dirty Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 9:38 am
    Don’t post anymore but still here everyday. R.I.P Mr. Davis. Always a fan and supporter of ur work. May ur legend live on and strong amongst ur Raider family.

    ::::::::::

    Welcome home El Dirty.

    Raider on my brother.

  • Roch R

    A great man has passed, his influence will forever shape who I am.

    RIP Mr. Davis.

  • The Autumn Wind is now Al Davis.

  • Raidermarty Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 11:49 am
    Any RAIDER fan out there with a dry eye right now is not a true RAIDER fan at all…..
    ———–
    very true

  • I hope Marcus shows his respect by going to his services. If he is a real man, no matter what happened between them, he goes.

  • Method To My Madness

    El Dirty Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 9:38 am
    Don’t post anymore but still here everyday. R.I.P Mr. Davis. Always a fan and supporter of ur work. May ur legend live on and strong amongst ur Raider family.
    *************************

    Dirty always love for you man…I hope all is well man

  • HairyBush

    I want the Mike Mitchell’s the DHB’s and the rest of the guys who were believed in by Al Davis to show up on sundays from here on foward and play with PASSION and desire to be the best they and the Raiders can be!Starting with the Texans, take pain and sorrow and turn it into motivation and drive! Win lose ot tie, Raiders till I die.

  • 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.

  • Al Davis is dead! Long live Amy Trask!

    The King is dead, Long live the Queen!

  • edward teach

    Good on ya, Beauce.

    We’re all with you.

    Peace.

  • RaydaSwagger

    I am deeply saddened by the passing of Al Davis. The Raider Nation will never be the same. His legacy will never be forgotten. Al Davis was the first NFL owner who did not see color. He saw winning.

    He hired the first black head coach. He hired the first Latino head coach. He hired the first female NFL executive. The list goes on and on.

    Young people may not know or understand the impact that this man had on the game. All they know is the last ten years.

    Love him or hate him the man was a pioneer and a true maverick.

  • Method To My Madness

    Without Al Davis alot of stuff doesnt happen with sports period….i just cant post anymore right now….yall be safge and have fun. Enjoy your lives…we only here for so long…..I’m not even going out tonight…I’m just gonna sit back and reflect on my years on the planet and what significance the Raiders were in those times for me

    Through thikc and thin im rolling with this team no matter what and I’ll never trade in my silver and black for anyone

    Raiders 35
    Texans 17

  • RaydaSwagger

    AWESOME POST Method Man!

  • Raiders562

    Does anyone have a link to Comcast bay area?

  • ghostraiders

    Brien.. that was some powerful stuff bro…. stuff only a true raider would say… hang in there bro… much respect to you.. you put it as good as anyone. ..lets keep his legacy alive. . Raiders for life man!! Raided for life..

  • raiderkoolaid

    Win one for Al tomorrow.

  • ghostraiders

    Lmn. . .. Amy is not the new owner dude….but for now. .I know what u mean.

  • EMRaiders

    Well since everyone is posting their Raider history, here’s mine.

    I moved here from South America and didn’t even know what a first down was. My uncle took me to my first Raider game when they were in LA in 1992. They played the Vikings and I still have the ticket stub from that day. I was blown away by the team colors. I had never seen a sports team with the silver and black. And the fans were just amazing. I was blown away from the whole experience. Since that day, I became a Raiders fan and has been one ever since. Never turned my back on them, and always took the shots from other people when they found out I was a Raiders fan.

    Another reason was that I couldn’t believe the physical resemblance Al Davis had with my grandpa. He passed away a couple months before we made the move to California, and so maybe that is another reason I like them.

    The Raiders are a big part of my life, and everyone that knows me will tell you that. Loved the attitude and what they stood for then, and love it now. And hopefully it will carry on in Al’s spirit.

    GO RAIDERS!

  • Man, wouldn’t it be fittingly cool if the Raiders came out in ALL BLACK unis? Pants, jerseys & helmets?

    Gotta happen @ some point. . .

  • If the players entered the lockerroom & found their dressing stalls populated with all black unis. . .

  • severeraiderz

    Lmn this ain’t the time for that BS man. A man just died so shoe some F’ing and if u can’t do that in ur post just shut up. U come off as celebratory and sarcastic. This is a

  • StraitOutofComptonRaidr

    The Man,The Coach, The Owner, The Legend. Long live Al. May he rest in piece. Raider Nation will never forget “JUST WIN BABY”…

  • 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

    I started following the Raiders in the 70’s. I remember that what got me hooked was the game when we played Pittsburgh and the ball bounced off of a raider and Franco Harris snatched it and they won the game. Very funny that after the Superbowl win over the Eagles, I went to the parade in the rain. Holding my umbrella, I raced through the police cordon to give the tooz a hug. It was on the news that night. I told the tooz “I LOVE YOU” and he said “I LOVE YOU TOO”. I have taped all Raider games since the invention of the VCR and when they weren’t on TV i went to sports bars. These last years have hurt my heart truly, but losing Al is hugely saddening. I had stopped crying but reading the posts from Raiders players opened up the floodgates again. Especially Kevin Boss saying they will be laying it out on the field tomorrow. I see how many true Raiders fans there are on this blog. People that have been following hardcore for DECADES! Go Raiders! Goodbye Mr. Davis.

  • Today we lost our leader. We lost a friend, and an influential visionary who stood for everything that used to be right about America. Stand by what you believe in, be loyal to those that deserve your loyalty, and always treat your adversaries with class.
    Al Davis is a man who’s greatest fault was his inability to accept mediocrity and his constant quest to achieve greatness. He is why so many of us are who we are…WE ARE THE RAIDERS and he will live on through all of us. He leaves knowing, that his team is on the brink of returning to greatness. You bet your ass he will be smiling down from heaven as we carry on his legacy. Don’t ever forget who we are, what he stood for and how Mr. Davis wanted it done.
    Stand tall brothers…wipe the tears, and may god help the Houston Texans.