Reaction from across NFL on Al Davis’ passing


• “What a great opportunity he gave me, as he’s done over the years with so many young coaches, so many minorities, so many players with second chances that had retired and were coming back. He gave a lot of people great opportunities and I happened to be one of those. And myself and my family are extremely grateful to him and his family for that opportunity, even though it didn’t end up well, it was pretty neat at first. It was just one of those deals that didn’t go well at the end, but that has nothing to do with today and what this man has meant to so many people and to the NFL. … He was so far ahead when it came to scouting, when it came to contracts, to going out on the road and finding players. He changed everything.” –- former Raiders coach, and current Southern Cal coach, Lane Kiffin

• My sincerest condolences go out to the Davis family, Raiders organization and Raiders fans on the passing of Al Davis, one of the true NFL icons. A visionary who was ahead of the curve in so many ways, Coach Davis had a great grasp of personnel, schemes and strategy. I learned a tremendous amount of football during my six years with his organization. His sole focus and passion in life was the Raiders. He was at practice every day and very aware of what was going on organizationally. He challenged you to be your best and I will always be grateful for the opportunity he gave me as a head coach.
— Jets assistant head coach/offensive line Bill Callahan, who coached the offensive line and was the head coach for the Raiders

• I am deeply saddened with the news of the passing of Al Davis. Al and I were very good friends for many years and I admired his innovative approach to the game of football. Al had a great impact on the American Football League that carried over to the National Football League after the merger and his competitive spirit embodied our sport. Al’s Raiders may not have won every game, but you knew that you were in for a tough, hard-fought contest every time you played them, regardless of the score. I want to extend my deepest sympathies to Al’s family, friends, the Raiders organization and Raiders fans everywhere.
— Bills owner and president Ralph Wilson Jr.

• Al was a pioneer whose passion was deeply rooted in the game of professional football that he helped to shape at every level. A unique man of conviction, Al had a profound impact on the National Football League as we know it today and will forever be identified with the team he loved so much — the Raiders.
— Jets chairman and CEO Woody Johnson

• Our condolences go out to the Davis family. Al Davis has long been a pillar of professional football and a leader of one of our most legendary franchises. His contributions, dedication and foresight changed the game for the better. The league has lost one of its all-time greats.
— Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay

• In my eyes, so much of his legacy will be defined by the loyalty he had for the men who played for the Raiders and the love that they had for him. That was a bond that extended beyond the playing years and lasted lifetimes. His contributions and expertise were inspiring at every level–coach, general manager, owner and commissioner. There was no element of the game of professional football for which Al did not enjoy a thorough and complete level of knowledge and passion. He welcomed me and my family to the NFL 23 years ago and was a trusted friend for all of our time in professional football. We will miss him deeply and we are thinking of Mark and Carol at this difficult time.
— Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

• While I am saddened by the news of Mr. Davis’ passing, I will forever be heartened and enriched by the many personal interactions I had with him over the years. His winning, his football knowledge, his passion for his team and contributions to the league made him one of the all-time greats. By striving for the highest level of excellence with our respective teams and the game itself, we will be honoring the memory of Al Davis.
— Patriots coach Bill Belichick

• Al Davis was a pioneer in the American Football League and National Football League. He was a dynamic force in merging the National Football League and American Football League. He built a great tradition with the Raiders. We are going to miss his innovative thinking. Our condolences go to his family and the Raiders organization.
— Texans founder, chairman and CEO Bob McNair

• Al was a fiery individualist, an important part of pro football — the AFL and NFL –for almost 50 years. His teams had times of great success, and he was heavily involved both on and off the field. I admired the achievements the Raiders attained under Al. Personally, I was fond of him. He battled with the NFL, and a lot of us wished that had not been where things went, but under all that was a person I respected. It saddens me to hear that he is gone.
— Bengals president Mike Brown

• He was an icon, a legend, a pioneer. I’m honored that he chose to draft me. It was a great pleasure being a part of Raider Nation, part of all the great teams and players that put on that Silver and Black. You don’t know what it means to be a Raider until you are a Raider, and that was his team. He spoke to you not just as an owner but as a coach. He was very hands-on. You felt his presence, and he really cared for you and your family.
— Bengals linebacker Thomas Howard, who was drafted by the Raiders

• This is a sad day for Raider Nation and the NFL. But it’s a day to think about all Mr. Davis did for football. He was truly one of a kind. I respect him for the way he approached the game, for how much he loved it. I’m fortunate to have worked with Mr. Davis for a short period, and I thank him for giving me the opportunity. Playing in Oakland was a great experience for me, something I’ll always remember.
— Bengals quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who played for the Raiders the past two seasons

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Steve Corkran

  • We Love miss and morn your passing, Mr. Coach Allen Davis. GOD Bless you always!

  • We mourn your passing Mr. Allen Davis! We are the Raider Nation! GOD Bless!

  • JB

    JB Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Al Davis & Steve Jobs – BOTH giants within heir own spheres of influence. Both impacting millions of people worldwide. Both one of a kind. Both will be missed leaving voids that are without measure.

    Al Davis put Oakland on the map. He was as much Mr. Oakland as he was Mr. Raider. His legacy will continue on into perpetuity. The Raiders will always reflect the values establish by Al Davis. the Raiders ARE Al Davis.

    RIP Al Davis.

  • Just Win Baby!

  • Kirk

    Al Davis created a diverse Raider Nation
    October, 8, 2011
    By Bill Williamson

    It’s fitting that Amy Trask and Hue Jackson are likely to play key roles for the Oakland Raiders as they adjust after the death of owner Al Davis on Saturday.

    Davis would surely be proud to see them take his beloved organization to the next phase. Davis was always a champion of diversity.

    Trask is the first and only women CEO in the NFL. Jackson is one of seven African-American head coaches currently in the NFL.

    The Jewish kid from Brooklyn was truly color blind. He made Tom Flores the first Hispanic head coach in the NFL and he made Art Shell the first African-American head coach of the modern era in the NFL.

    He had African-American quarterbacks when it was uncommon. Davis’ final quarterback of his life, Jason Campbell, is African-American. Countless African-American players of the Raiders glory days of the 1970s said they felt a comfort with Davis that they didn’t feel in other places.

    Davis let people be people. “Just Win, Baby” and let’s do it together.

    Numerous people of color hold important positions in Oakland organization. The Raiders are at the forefront of embracing different cultures and they often celebrate several ethic cultures at games each year. They even have broadcast radio games in Native American languages.

    The Raider Nation is a melting pot that always be part of Davis’ incredible legacy.

  • GOD Bless Mrs. Carol and Mark Davis!

  • Dakota
  • BadMoodGuy

    I remember watching Superbowl XI with my dad (a big Vikings fan to this day). The Vikings just couldn’t ever seem to get over the hump around those years, just like the Raiders.

    I remember the Willie Brown interception and me jumping around the living room like a semi-crazed kid, which I was. My dad really didn’t seem too upset by that loss compared to previous years.

    Now that I have a son watching games with me, I can see now that he was actually happier for me than sad for his team.

  • La Milicia Negra Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Pride and Poise Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Danish american football???

    not competitive… at all.



    of course its competitive, that said, it wouldnt have chance against the best college teams, on each team there are several americans and Mermaid Bowl is big game here =)

  • 8RaiderReign8

    The rest of this season is dedicated to the memory of Al Davis.

  • Master Beeecham

    I’d rather spend a month picking dingle berries out of Krappy’s butt crack then waste 8 seconds watching a Dutch football pre game show.

    LMN, your Euro Trash-ery knows no bounds. I’m sure you’re all pumped for a hot night of Polish Techno with stuck up French broads.


  • Goldie7 Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    GOD Bless Mrs. Carol and Mark Davis!

    hear hear!

  • StraitOutofComptonRaidr
  • My first Raider memories are of my Dad’s Super Bowl parties when the Raiders beat the Eagles and Redskins. I became a Raider fan a few years later in 85, and was hardcore in 86. I flirted with the Seahawks for a year or two before that, because they were the local team.

    My first real intense moment as a Raider fan was the infamous Randall Cunningham game when Marcus Allen fumbled away what would have been an OT win. Raiders went on a skid after that. My greatest Raider memory has to be when I went to the Raiders / Seahawks game in Seattle on November 30, 1987, the Monday Night game when Bo Jackson ran for 221 yards. I will be at the Denver game this year in Oakland, hopefully it will be just as memorable.

    R.I.P. Al Davis

  • Method To My Madness

    They robbed Al repeatedly from winning more titles. He has an AFL title and 3 SBs but should have way more if not the conspiring b@st@rds in the NFL and turncoat Lamar Hunt!

    Rozelle that POS screwed Oakland by telling the city officials that Al cant move without his approval.

    Then hated on the John Elway trade because he knew Al would run the NFL well into the 90s!

    Tagliabue is trash too. I hate that guy with unrivaled passion. The most infamous of losses would happen under his rule. There is still no logical explanation for the Brady call dammit when his LEFT HAND CAUSED THE FUMBLE! You tellin me he was passing with both hands?

    And other dark forces are gonna get their just due for that Super Bowl fix job. Yeah I said it! You know like I know that story is bullschit! It killed the old man! I hate all who was involved in this rigged mafioso cartel. They went to the most extreme of ways to prevent this man from winning.

  • MiamiRaider78

    My mother is here visiting from Nicaragua and I awoke to her crying, due to the passing of my grandfather. He was 97 and such a wise and overall great individual…5 minutes later my brother gets on the computer and tells me,”Nah man, Al Davis just passed away”! Complete and utter shock/sadness to begin this birthday weekend of mine. Oct 9th

    I’ve been a Raider fan since 90, born and raised in L.A and now reside in Miami. Theres a bit of guilt on my behalf because I’ve been one of those fan’s to say,”when he’s gone, we will be much better-I hate/love him”! It was all out of the same frustration we all shared! Al Davis is a true icon and as a young’n, I only knew of the Raiders as the team to hire a hispanic and black head coach. For this, I truly respected the man and not to mention how much he takes care of his players, current or retired. LOYALTY!

    Long live Al Davis, Long Live the Oakland Raiders and God Bless Raider nation.

  • Method To My Madness

    well i know us as raider fans have waited a long time for this day to come when AL DAVIS steps down but im sorry it happen like this. he ment a lot to football an oakland the game well miss him.SO NOW THE TEAM SHOULD STEP UP AN JUST WIN BABY FOR AL DAVIS AND US FANS ITS BEEN LONG TIME COMING