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Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis dead at 82 - October 8, 2011, 06:43 PM

Al Davis, the Oakland Raiders owner who was one of the towering figures of professional football over the last half century, has died.

The Raiders’ web site has confirmed that Davis passed away this morning. He was 82.

In 1963, the Raiders, at the time a struggling franchise in the upstart American Football League, hired the 33-year-old Davis to be their head coach and general manager. He instantly reversed the team’s fortunes and was named the AFL’s Coach of the Year in their first season.

After three seasons as the team’s head coach, Davis briefly left to become commissioner of the AFL, and his aggressive approach in competing head to head with the NFL was one of the reasons that the NFL’s owners agreed to merge with their rival league. With that mission accomplished, Davis settled into a new role as managing general partner of the Raiders, a role he would stay in for the rest of his life.

On Davis’s watch, the Raiders won Super Bowls XI, XV and XVIII. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992 and is the only person to serve as a personnel assistant, scout, assistant coach, head coach, general manager, commissioner and team owner.


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The Raiders just got rid of their biggest problem.



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heist, dancing on someone's grave is very unbecoming
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heist, dancing on someone's grave is very unbecoming
True however he does have a point. Most LA fans did not like him not to mention I could see Raiders doing much better now that he has passed away.


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Time will only tell for the Raiders. I am curious to see how his son Mark steps up as the new owner...


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October 8, 2011, 09:19 PM

i'll say the raiders haven been improving in their personal decisions since Heyward Bay was selected. THey have a shot to compete in the AFC West this year. Hue is a great coach and should keep them in the hunt.


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