By Steve Corkran
Saturday, October 8th, 2011 at 11:43 am in Oakland Raiders.
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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