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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.

Davis will be remembered as one of the greatest contributors to the game of football that the sport has ever seen.

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  1. captainwisdom8888 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:42 AM

    The end of an era. RIP

  2. seneca1ss says: Oct 8, 2011 10:42 AM

    Al is running a 4.24 forty yard dash somewhere right now

  3. gr8whte says: Oct 8, 2011 10:43 AM

    Finally, the raiders can be great again.

  4. trbowman says: Oct 8, 2011 10:43 AM

    Just saw this on ESPN ticker, heart dropped. Terrible news.

  5. klee0384 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:43 AM

    He did a lot for the game of pro football. RIP.

  6. nuclearwarfare says: Oct 8, 2011 10:44 AM

    If you are a fan of American football, this is a sad day. It doesn’t matter which team you follow. This man has done a lot for professional football.

    Rest in peace, Al.

  7. ravensfreak00 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:44 AM

    R.I.P. Al Davis.

  8. dawkinseffect says: Oct 8, 2011 10:44 AM

    R.I.P. Al

    You might have been seen as a crazy owner, but your help to merge the two leagues to create what we now know as the NFL will always be remembered.

    Just Win Baby

  9. kl5661 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:44 AM

    He was great for the Raiders back in the day, but was terrible at his job these past few years. The Raiders can finally be good again.

  10. mistamista2000 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:45 AM

    RIP Al Davis.

  11. jfrogo says: Oct 8, 2011 10:46 AM

    Rest in Peace, Al. You were one of a kind! The NFL lost an icon!

  12. intenseg says: Oct 8, 2011 10:46 AM

    R.I.P. Al Davis, You were one of the greats.

  13. deadeye says: Oct 8, 2011 10:47 AM

    Al Davis isn’t really dead as long as we can find a way to remember him.

    RIP Al

  14. stampede101 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:48 AM

    Don’t care what you thought…this man changed the game in more great ways than we’ll ever realize.


    -Bay Area Native and Niner Fan

  15. realnflmaster says: Oct 8, 2011 10:48 AM

    The definition of a winner. One of the best

  16. howley1 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:48 AM

    Terrible news. All fans owe Al Davis a debt of gratitude. Truly an icon of the sport. He will be missed. Rest now, Mr. Davis. You have earned it.

  17. raiderredleg says: Oct 8, 2011 10:48 AM

    NFL lost a legend…Game is what it is today because of Al Davis.

  18. faulkana says: Oct 8, 2011 10:49 AM

    Everyone may have bitched and moaned and rolled their eyes about him at times, but I think that everyone truly respected the man.
    He never bowed to other people’s input on how to run HIS team. I liked that.
    R.I.P. Al.

  19. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:49 AM

    R.I.P. Al

    the league won’t be the same without you. you were a giant among men.

  20. steeltown56 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:49 AM

    He changed how the game was played. RIP Al Davis, A true legend. Love to the Raider Nation

  21. cruells says: Oct 8, 2011 10:49 AM

    You can mock some of his draft choices.. But you got to give Al Davis respect for what he did for the NFL..

    Rest in peace.

  22. waxedagain says: Oct 8, 2011 10:49 AM

    Just Die, Baby…RIP

  23. bombayjon says: Oct 8, 2011 10:49 AM

    Rest in peace, Al Davis.

  24. galvestontexans says: Oct 8, 2011 10:50 AM

    R.I.P all you did a lot for the game

  25. turk2875 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:50 AM

    This man was truly dedicated to one thing and one thing only, Winning. No one did it better.

    R.I.P. Al

  26. tampajoey says: Oct 8, 2011 10:50 AM

    Always sad when someone dies.

    But the Raiders will be better off without Al Davis.

  27. captaindaddy says: Oct 8, 2011 10:50 AM

    RIP Coach Davis. We will never see someone like him sports again. Raider nation mourns.

  28. pawesl says: Oct 8, 2011 10:50 AM

    Wow. I almost still can’t believe it. Felt like he would live forever.

    RIP Al

  29. thejabronisayz says: Oct 8, 2011 10:50 AM

    You can question his scouting and team management all you want, but you can’t deny the impact this guy had on the game. RIP Al Davis.

  30. pacificnw7722 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:51 AM

    The man was GREAT for the game of football….RIP you crazy dude.

  31. anhdazman says: Oct 8, 2011 10:51 AM

    Mr. Davis has always done things his way. It wasn’t always perfect, but Al was never shy about going after the players he wanted. Never reluctant to spend money to sign players that he felt could help the Raiders win.
    I’ve always said, that I would rather have an owner trying to improve his team, spending the money than a dead beat owner who was frugal with their money.

    RIP Mr. Davis.

  32. bigbeefyd says: Oct 8, 2011 10:51 AM

    R.I.P. Definitely the passing of a legend. As a Broncos fan, I sure didn’t like the guy on 2 Sundays a year, but he made a contribution to the game that cannot be overstated.

  33. Keyser Söze says: Oct 8, 2011 10:51 AM

    RIP –

  34. FinFan68 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:51 AM

    Say what you will but Al Davis did as much for football as anyone in it’s storied history. This is a sad day for NFL fans of any team, especially “Raider Nation”

  35. nolahxc says: Oct 8, 2011 10:52 AM

    RIP. He helped shape the game that we have today.

    Two visionaries in one week… So sad.

  36. grndmstrj says: Oct 8, 2011 10:52 AM

    The nation will miss you. Just win baby!!

  37. bittersportspills says: Oct 8, 2011 10:52 AM

    The Al was one of a very few owners who inspired bitter rivalries with everyone, including the NFL. You know, one of the guys who made the league into something we wanted to see. Rest in peace.

  38. mrf47 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:52 AM

    Very sad news. Al Davis was an innovator and a leader. He was the first NFL owner to hire an African American coach and promoted equality in many other ways. RIP.

  39. saxy46 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:52 AM


    You will be missed.

  40. garryfish says: Oct 8, 2011 10:52 AM

    RIP Al

  41. axespray says: Oct 8, 2011 10:52 AM

    I never knew the guy personally, but growing up, everyone knew Al… The guy’s fingerprints on the game On and Off the field is why the NFL can be considered as popular as it is today.
    In a weird sense, it sort of feels like an uncle or grandfather just died.

    RIP Al

  42. 3octaveFart says: Oct 8, 2011 10:53 AM

    Holy ****!
    I was just reading another news site, when the page refreshed with a “BREAKING NEWS” banner.
    All things considered, that was kinda sudden…

  43. warriorsonthegrid says: Oct 8, 2011 10:53 AM

    RIP Al Davis

  44. apage53915 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:53 AM

    Love him or hate him he was never boring. RIP Mr Davis condolences to the Davis family.

  45. terrellochouno says: Oct 8, 2011 10:53 AM

    Every time you watch a Super Bowl, you can thank Al Davis for making it happen. A bigger football fan never existed. RIP, Al.

  46. bobbylaynesreplacement says: Oct 8, 2011 10:53 AM

    Regardless of what people may think of Al Davis over the past few years, you can’t deny his importance and legacy with the NFL.

    The NFL, Raider Nation, and all football fans around the world has lost A true leader and pioneer … RIP Al Davis

  47. ticalcaldwell says: Oct 8, 2011 10:53 AM

    Huge impact on the game….and people forget…..The Raiders used to dominate the league……RIP

  48. isphet71 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:54 AM

    Anyone that takes this moment to say “the Raiders can be good again” needs to seriously check themselves. There is something wrong with you.

    Do some research on the guy; he’s been SO important to the game that we all love right now. Nothing but love and condolences for this man and his family (including the football one) at this time.

  49. nolahxc says: Oct 8, 2011 10:54 AM

    One more thing…. All teams should wear an AD patch for this weekend’s games at the very least.

  50. finfanjim says: Oct 8, 2011 10:56 AM

    Without Al Davis, we do not have the NFL we have today. PERIOD.

    He may have been crazy, he may have hurt the Raiders over the last few years, but he has my utmost respect.

    His success with the early AFL made it possible for my Dolphins to exist.

    This is a huge loss for any football lover.

    P.S. Thank you, PFT for adding a proper picture for this one…

  51. jrizzo575 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:56 AM

    RIP, Al.

    May you be buried in one of your signature Raidahs track suits.

  52. captaindaddy says: Oct 8, 2011 10:56 AM

    wish we woulda beat the pats last week so he could have rested with a smile

  53. bigcarguy1 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:57 AM

    Stunned by this news. this man has made such an impact in football. Wow–just cant beleive it

  54. whynotusecommonsense says: Oct 8, 2011 10:57 AM

    A sad day for the Raider organization and the NFL. RIP Mr. Davis.

    To those commenting about how the Raiders can now be great again, now’s not the time. Have some respect.

  55. pdxbolt says: Oct 8, 2011 10:57 AM

    Damn. Whether you love or loathe the Raiders….and I consider myself in the latter category, football has truly lost a giant of the game. The modern NFL has Davis’s fingerprints all over it, and the game is better for it.

    Condolences to his family and all of Raider Nation from this Charger fan.

  56. sonoco says: Oct 8, 2011 10:57 AM

    Mad props to Big Al from a lifelong 49er fan. You and your overhead projector will be missed. Brash, bold, cutting edge. He sometimes seemed misguided in his battles with the league office, but there’s no doubt he helped change the game for the better. No doubt. RIP. I’ll only say this today . . . Go Rayduhz!

  57. raider23mike says: Oct 8, 2011 10:57 AM

    The Football GOD has passed away. RIP

  58. lampe21 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:57 AM

    Al ur the man n will b missed

  59. pftstory says: Oct 8, 2011 10:58 AM

    He had an impact on the game. Tremendous impact. But he was also a bit of a tool in his later years with the relocating nonsense and treatment of head coaches. And much of that nonsense occurred before it could just be said “look at that old crazy coot.”
    So let’s keep it real as many of you add “RIP” as your addition to the topic or state what a sad day it is. Many of you also stated in the past 6 months you wished he would go away so the Raiders could win again.

  60. glac1 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:59 AM

    He kept total control of the organization for too long and fighting the league hurt him but he has a special place in NFL history….Who can forget the Oakland Raiders of the late 60’s and 70’s…..

  61. annnann says: Oct 8, 2011 10:59 AM

    He help shaped the game into what it is today, a visionary. I am not a Raiders fan but a football fan and this is a big loss. RIP Al Davis.

  62. mcthompso says: Oct 8, 2011 10:59 AM

    An absolute giant of the NFL. As frustrating as he was, you know he was a genius. Big ups.

  63. barneyrumble says: Oct 8, 2011 10:59 AM

    Rest in Peace Mister Davis. You left your mark.

  64. r8r4life says: Oct 8, 2011 10:59 AM

    Big Al. You had a big hand in making the NFL what it is today. You will be sadly missed. My condolences to the Davis family. RIP

  65. raiderredleg says: Oct 8, 2011 10:59 AM

    Hopefully the Raider Haters lay off this ONE time…Still remember some of the ugly posts on Jack Tatum’s death.

  66. madrid517 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:00 AM

    R.I.P Al Davis. He did so much for the game, he will always be remembered.

  67. jimmysimpson55 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:00 AM

    Just Rest in Peace, baby.

  68. sactomkiii says: Oct 8, 2011 11:00 AM

    R.I.P. the man was a legend. On a lighter note this should change everyones draft boards for years to come.

  69. daninms says: Oct 8, 2011 11:00 AM


  70. 7thlombardiontheway says: Oct 8, 2011 11:00 AM

    He shaped the game we know. For that we are all indebted to him.

  71. kalispellmt says: Oct 8, 2011 11:00 AM

    Remember orange baseballs? The guy was always thinking.

    You will be missed, Mr. Davis.

  72. 4512dawg4512 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:00 AM

    I wonder if JaMarcus Russell will will speak a few words at the funeral

  73. colinsnooks says: Oct 8, 2011 11:00 AM


  74. blitzthepig says: Oct 8, 2011 11:00 AM

    Love him or hate him, he was undeniably one of the greatest personalities the NFL has ever known. He was and always will be known as the antagonist and out of the box
    thinker. He will be missed. Sad day for the NFL.

  75. Topher says: Oct 8, 2011 11:01 AM

    You just won, baby.

  76. typicaleaglesfan says: Oct 8, 2011 11:01 AM

    Sad day. Rip al Davis.

  77. skoobyfl says: Oct 8, 2011 11:01 AM

    RIP Al.

    Shout out to TBD, Scrappy is Skooby.

  78. nagaswan says: Oct 8, 2011 11:01 AM

    Jobs, Napier, Davis, the cycle is complete

  79. chiefspirate20 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:02 AM

    Wow thats deep. As a Chiefs fan I hated him but respected him all at the same time. The rivalry won’t be the same. R.I.P Al Davis

  80. Patriot42 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:02 AM

    As much as I hated the raiders I respected Al.

  81. war71 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:02 AM

    What a sad day for me. Al Davis has built today’s NFL. It’s a sad day for the Raiders, It’s a sad day for the NFL. Rest In Peace Mr. Davis you will be greatly missed. Nation For Life!

  82. xanderslugger says: Oct 8, 2011 11:02 AM

    R.I.P. Mr. Davis

  83. karlpilkington says: Oct 8, 2011 11:03 AM

    I can only hope that the “kids” that post on pft do not use this to make jokes. Half of them do not even know what AFL means. I am a skins fan and please show the respect this man deserves. Yeah, lately some questionable moves again as a skins fan I can relate but let the man rest in peace.

  84. justwinbaby29 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:03 AM

    The last 8 years have been brutal for Raiders fans. Sometimes you just wanted Al out of the way. But hearing of his passing leaves me with sadness because he was truly a football genius and legend before his time.

    I think down deep we all want to be like and do it our way and tell the establishment to go to hell.

    Al Davis will be missed..RIP

  85. willjasper says: Oct 8, 2011 11:03 AM

    The NFL lost a legend today. This Dolphins fan tips his hat to Mr. Davis’ for his contributions to the game of football.

    RIP Al.

  86. jerruhjones21 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:04 AM

    End of an era….

    RIP Mr. Davis

  87. TurdSandwich says: Oct 8, 2011 11:04 AM

    RIP Al…
    No joking today.

  88. boswivel says: Oct 8, 2011 11:04 AM

    You know he’s in heaven, because the Devil hates to be upstaged. RIP and thanks, Al.

  89. baxman89 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:04 AM

    I was hoping the Raiders would get back to the Bowl before he passed so he could prove the naysayers wrong. This Raiders team has his fingerprints all over it. Not a Raider fan, but Just Win, Baby.

  90. GG Eden says: Oct 8, 2011 11:04 AM

    Devastating news. Tho he was very old and ill, it just didn’t seem like this day would happen this soon. A great loss to the NFL, and American sporting culture.

  91. texanfan62 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:05 AM

    Great,great Coach and General Manager. This Man was the Raiders,plain and simple. I think the Raiders will beat the Texans tomorrow,unfortunately, but now they got some help from above. Rest in Peace.

  92. wtfpft says: Oct 8, 2011 11:06 AM

    The nfl lost an icon today! Rest in peace al.

  93. tinbender2000 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:06 AM

    I was sitting here planning out the day. Go to work till noon, get a load of firewood, go fishing. Then see this on the NFL network.
    I’m stunned. $hit, now I don’t want to do anything.
    RIP Mr. Davis

  94. pgh75 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:06 AM

    Rip Mr. Davis. You helped make the NFL what it is today.

  95. johnnyparada says: Oct 8, 2011 11:06 AM

    R.I.P. Al. You were a great adversary. The league WILL miss you. Signed, Chiefs fan.

  96. rdrs68 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:06 AM

    The end of an era-there will never be another team with the personality of the Raiders. While all other teams are just bland corporate structures made up of inter changeable parts the Silver and Black had an identity personified by Mr. Davis. Many fans especially younger ones may not know of the many contributions Al made to the sport and while he may have been controversial he was a giant who helped make pro football what it is today.

  97. irishfan109 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:07 AM

    RIP Al Davis. Although recently he was known as just the crazy old guy who overstayed his welcome, perhaps no other individual has had a bigger impact on the NFL then Mr. Davis. “Just win, baby.”

  98. polegojim says: Oct 8, 2011 11:07 AM

    Loved the game of football, loved his team.

    Disagree with him or not, easy to say, never will be another like him. He made the game, and football season interesting.

    I’d take THAT any day over passivity.

  99. kane337 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:08 AM

    RIP baby

  100. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Oct 8, 2011 11:09 AM

    This is why I hated when you guys posted all those Al Davis articles with that horrible picture of him. R.I.P Al, I always wanted the raiders to do well. To bad they’re coming into their own this year.

  101. keycitethis says: Oct 8, 2011 11:12 AM

    This is sad news. Regardless of how you felt about the man, you could never doubt his passion for the game. He made me shake my head a time or two wondering what he was thinking with his draft choices but the Raiders were his baby. Tip of the hat to the Raider Nation, we know you lost someone special today.

  102. pacificamjr says: Oct 8, 2011 11:12 AM

    RIP Mr. Davis

    -Lions Nation

  103. tomthebombtracy says: Oct 8, 2011 11:13 AM

    The definitive Al Davis biography will be the definitive biography of the American Football League and the powerful role he played in starting it, sustaining it, challenging the NFL, forcing it into a merger and then dominating it as one of the owners .

    “Just win, baby,” is my favorite all time sports cliche. I’ll never forget Al accepting the Lombardi Trophy from Pete Rozelle, a man he had battled and even sued. Davis was classy in his acceptance and he and Pete are having a martini in the sky right now,

    Steelers fans like their rivalry with the Ravens but there was no rivalry to match Steelers-Raiders in the 70s. Brutal hits, immaculate receptions and deceptions, lawsuits, it had it all.

    Next year is the 40th Anniversary of the Immaculate Reception. Al’s looking at the tape right now. Still think it hit Fuqua first.

  104. prmpft says: Oct 8, 2011 11:13 AM

    a founding father of what we LOVE…RIP Al Davis and GOD bless your family…

  105. woods546 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:15 AM

    This is sad. Al Davis deserves some credit for shaping the NFL into what it is today. His innovative days were behind him but he still deeply cared for his team. There are only a handful of teams that make the entire NFL better when they are relevant, and the Raiders are one of those teams. RIP, Al. I wish you could have at least lived to see another division title.

    On another note, to the folks on here just ripping him and talking about draft busts, etc: I hope you realize people like you bring the whole planet to a lower level of decency. A man who helped deliver the sport you love and never did you any harm has died. Say something appropriate or shut up.

  106. EJ says: Oct 8, 2011 11:15 AM

    gr8whte says:
    Oct 8, 2011 10:43 AM
    Finally, the raiders can be great again.

    You’re an A-hole.
    A member of the HOF just passed away.

    Signed, Angry Bills fan

  107. Bobby Fernandez says: Oct 8, 2011 11:15 AM

    RIP Al. As he said, “The greaitness of the Raidahs lies in it’s futchah.”

  108. joshsports6000 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:15 AM

    what a legend. May he R.I.P. I hope all that wished death on him for the betterment of the Raiders feel ashamed of themselves. He had his faults, but he was always one of kind, and he will be missed.

  109. buzzbissinger says: Oct 8, 2011 11:16 AM

    RIP, Al. Let’s try to keep this thread classy, PFTers.

  110. greymatterstats says: Oct 8, 2011 11:16 AM

    Love him or hate him, guys like Al Davis created the empire known as the NFL.

    Al and the old guard were visionary maverick entrepreneurs.

    Give me the Davis’s, the Rooneys, the Maras, the Hunts any day over today’s new owner who “hedge funded” their way into the NFL.

    We’ll miss ya Al.

  111. pantherguy344 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:17 AM

    Never been a Raiders or an Al Davis fan. But it’s hard to argue with 3 Super Bowl rings. He was a marketing genius as well. I have a lot of respect for his accomplishments. The NFL would not be where it is today without him. It’s hard to imagine an NFL without him in it. RIP Al Davis.

  112. balzosteel says: Oct 8, 2011 11:17 AM

    Al Davis’s glasses and sig white Raiders track suit belong in the Smithsonian. Jokes aside, Al Davis was one hell of an owner for most of his tenure; and love him or hate him, there will NEVER be another like him.

    From Packer Nation to Raider Nation, our hearts are with the Silver & Black. R.I.P. Al Davis

  113. bmue42 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:18 AM

    RIP, you are, what was once great about the nfl

  114. jmclarkent says: Oct 8, 2011 11:19 AM

    Not only did the NFL lose one of the All-Time Legends, the Raiders have lost their Owner, GM, President, Chief Scout and Defensive Coordinator.

  115. david7590 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:21 AM

    Wow, thats surprising. Just saw him last week on TV at the Raider/Patriots game.

  116. oakfan23 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:23 AM

    RIP Al, Thank you for creating the Raider mystique that i have come to know and love. Although i didn’t agree with everything you did, i will be forever grateful to you and your vision.

  117. johnny1979 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:23 AM

    A legend – RIP and prayers and condolences to your family. You will be missed by the NFL.

  118. steelerdynasty2010 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:24 AM

    Sad day for the league. Love him or hate him, he said it all, “Just win baby”. not just football advice, it’s life advice. RIP Al

  119. raiderredleg says: Oct 8, 2011 11:24 AM

    Shortly after his selection to the Hall of Fame in 1992, Davis explained how he built the Raiders through the influence of his Brooklyn youth.

    “I always wanted to take an organization and make it the best in sports,’’ Davis said. “I admired the New York Yankees for their power, intimidation. I admired the Brooklyn Dodgers under Branch Rickey for their speed and player development. I felt there was no reason the two approaches couldn’t be combined into one powerful organization.’’

  120. str82dvd says: Oct 8, 2011 11:25 AM

    I have to admit, I was lured to the comments section to see how many ignorant trolls there were. He did a lot for the AFL-NFL merger, therefore he did a lot for my city in Buffalo.

  121. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:26 AM


  122. bryan518 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:27 AM

    No matter how much we blame Al for the past 5-6 years of horrible football from the raiders. The man was great for the game of football and the raiders franchise .

  123. thridandlong says: Oct 8, 2011 11:29 AM


    3 rings to prove it.



    Bear Fan

  124. tatum064 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:29 AM

    We lost a great one, now the team must move on an ensure his legacy. RAIDER NATION!!!!

  125. raiderrob21 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:29 AM

    Very sad day in Raider Nation. As frustrating as its been with Mr. Davis the last few years, he did so much for Raider Nation and the NFL overall. He is on the Mount Rushmoure of the NFL no doubt. RIP Mr. Davis you are RAIDER NATION amd thank you for the 5 Super Bowls and 3 Lombardi Trophies!

  126. huejackson says: Oct 8, 2011 11:29 AM

    Greatest owner in all of sports.. The only owner that actually cred if his team wins… You fat losers at home can say what you want but this guy is the reason you are watching the NFL today..
    Without the King Davis there is no NFL

  127. zzulu says: Oct 8, 2011 11:29 AM

    RIP Al

  128. jasku880 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:29 AM

    im seriously disgust in reading all these trolls saying along the line “glad his dead, or his gone”. Al Davis changed football for us, Steve Jobs changed how we live for us. you might say it was for the money and what not. Hate them or love them, in the end the positive out weights the negative of how we live and are being entertained today. Show some respect.

    RIP to both, and thank you.

  129. conjecture101 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:29 AM

    In a league and society in which the majority try to be someone else, I fear we may have lost the last true innovator in the NFL.

  130. madisonave99 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:32 AM

    Totally shocked and saddened. Al did so much for thr NFL, including being the first to hire minorities and women in higher up positions within an organization in thr National Football League. A true pioneer who will never be duplicated R.I.P

  131. honkerdawg says: Oct 8, 2011 11:33 AM

    A sad day for the NFL. You may not have agreed with him or liked him, but Al Davis was one of the last giants of the league. His success in ALL facets of the game is legend and his presence will be missed by ALL!

  132. bluefan204 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:34 AM

    From Giants Nation:


  133. forevercorr says: Oct 8, 2011 11:35 AM

    As a Broncos fan, I’ve taken my shots over the years at Al, but in truth, his passion, drive, and vision changed my favorite game for the better, and I’m thankful for that. Best to his friends, family, his team (because they really were his team) and those who loved him or loved to hate him. This is a loss for everyone.

  134. escoboltsfan says: Oct 8, 2011 11:35 AM

    You Raider fans might be the most annoying in all of sports, and that is all a credit to the great Al Davis, he created a mystique, he built an image that has lasted through a decade of futility. His swagger and style defined a franchise, he had a constant determination to be the best which is a lot more than you can say about many sports team owners. Rest In Peace Al Davis, the man with an ephemeral Commitment to Excellence… and Thank You for what you have done for Football.

  135. raiderredleg says: Oct 8, 2011 11:36 AM

    NFL Network doing live updates…Even Michael Lombardi had nothing but nice things to say.

    Born on the 4th of July 1929…An amazing American.

    Just win baby!

  136. beastmode92 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:36 AM

    Much respect to all the fans (from all teams) paying respect.

    RIP Mr. Davis

  137. raider316 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:38 AM

    Its great to see all the fans of different teams that realize what Al Davis mean to the game.
    Kudos to them

  138. 1977broncofan says: Oct 8, 2011 11:38 AM

    You have to tip your hat to all that Al Davis has done for the game. Much of his decision making over the last decade or so has been suspect for whatever reason. But it does not diminish his accomplishments or tarnish his bust at the HOF in Canton.

    For anyone who does not know about the AFL and how its pioneers changed the game, Google “remember the AFL” or anything that pertains to the American Football League. These guys, including Al Davis, scared the crap out of the NFL in a very short period of time. And they were the only league that forced the NFL into a full blown merger and not just an absorption of a few teams like the ones from the AAFC.

    Mr. Davis coached on Sid Gillman’s staff with the Chargers and turned the Raiders from a laughing stock into an AFL powerhouse in 4 years time. It was Al Davis who “put on the brass knuckles” and got AFL owners to sign NFL stars to AFL contracts. And not just with Oakland. The NFL had to scream “uncle” while Tex Schramm and Lamar Hunt hammered out the details of a merger. He even had praise for one of the best Bronco players not in the HOF, Rich Jackson, as the best defensive end to play the game.

    While not a Raider fan, they have always had my grudging admiration. Look at the 1980 team. 2-3 after Pastorini goes down with an injury. In comes Jim Plunkett who leads them to a 9-2 finish. They win one playoff game at home and win two on the road and top it off by beating the Eagles in the Super Bowl. All with a team of other peoples cast offs.

    Perhaps some of the Raider fans who post on this forum should research the history of their team so that they can better appreciate who Al Davis was before they post their “remembrances”.

    Al Davis and other AFL pioneers deserve much of the credit for the game of pro football being the great thing it is. Don’t let Davis’ decline of the last few years take away from all that he meant to the game.

  139. rundmc20 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:39 AM

    RIP Al. Thank you for giving me my team.

    For the people out there that have to disrespect the man that helped give them the game they love, i hope nobody dances on your grave or the grave of your loved ones but karma will pay you a visit.

    Win lose or tie Raider till i die.

  140. radrntn says: Oct 8, 2011 11:40 AM

    Al legacy will live on forever. He created the greatest brand in all of sports. Just win baby, Pride and Poise, the Autumn Wind, Commitment to Excellence, Raider Nation, and the list goes on.

    These players need to dedicate this season to Al, and play the best games of their careers on Feb 5th.

  141. joeyballgame4 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:43 AM

    i feel like he was a jamarcus russell away from being a legend…the raiders could have been really good without that one draft blunder

  142. GG Eden says: Oct 8, 2011 11:43 AM

    Some sad individuals are thumbing-down all the condolence posts. Pathetic.

  143. joj0420 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:43 AM

    man was a genius! will be greatly missed by everyone in the raider nation!! RIP Al.

  144. trenaro says: Oct 8, 2011 11:43 AM

    I knew the IDIOTS comments would come. No matter what he did in recent years, the NFL in it’s current state is there because of Al Davis and some others. Respect for those who have passed.

  145. cytofed says: Oct 8, 2011 11:45 AM

    Rest in peace coach Davis thank you for your contribution to the game of football, we will never forget.

  146. bunkmcnulty says: Oct 8, 2011 11:45 AM

    I have to think our world is in real trouble when all someone writes is RIP Al, and someone actually puts thumbs down. Sick people on here doing that.

    RIP Mr. Davis. Just win baby!

  147. moggy6actual says: Oct 8, 2011 11:46 AM

    Wow. I’ve never been a Raiders fan but you can’t deny Davis’ impact on the NFL. RIP.

  148. chobes68 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:46 AM

    What a disappointing week, two icons of their industries, Jobs and Davis, pass away.

  149. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Oct 8, 2011 11:47 AM

    RIP Al Davis. Thanks for your contributions to the game. Sorry the last game you had to see was my Patriots beating the Silver and Black.

  150. goldrush36 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:50 AM

    Dude some of you guys are seriously dicks! Yes he made some questionable moves over the last several years. Quit acting like you could’ve done it better. There’s a reason you aren’t in the NFL. Crazy as he seemed, the man did more for the game than most people in the history of the sport. Certainly more than anyone else alive today so give the poor man some damn respect!

  151. laeaglefan says: Oct 8, 2011 11:50 AM

    “This man was truly dedicated to one thing and one thing only, Winning. No one did it better.”

    I’d have to say that the Raiders’ record over the last several years say otherwise.

  152. nomesayin says: Oct 8, 2011 11:51 AM

    Has there ever been an owner who wanted to win more than Al Davis? He would do anything, try anything, & spend any amount for success.
    Regrettably, some of the players he hand-picked personally for greatness just did NOT have greatness in them regardless of how much belief Al Davis had in them. For this he was often belittled.
    Al Davis NEVER let down his players, & was faithful to Raider players of the past who had served with honor. You can still see the great players from those days walking around the Raider compound today. It is a sad day indeed.
    Our Raiders never had to worry about a penny-pinching owner who compromised the team because he was too cheap to get the players he hoped would help him win. All he wanted was to collaberate with the coaches & players to build a winner HIS way.
    I remember the good old days in Raider lore. It didn’t matter how many penalties they had in a game or a season. They still found a way to win. They were an irresistible force which could not be denied. It was really fun to watch! Al was always trying to sail the ship back in that direction because he knew that philosophy would still succeed today. A team built like that was built to dominate, & have you hating them if you were a fan of a different team.

    It worked before. It will work again.
    R.I.P., NFL Maverick.

  153. spliffbunker says: Oct 8, 2011 11:53 AM

    life long Denver fan with much respect for Al Davis…condolences to Raider Nation


  154. claydefayette says: Oct 8, 2011 11:54 AM

    Al Davis not only got his Raiders to win 3 Super Bowls but the fans won as well.

    He believed in pushing the ball down field dating back to the 1960s. Today’s NFL has Davis’ name all over it.

    While we don’t like how much passing is taking place, would we rather see Vince Lombardi’s Wing T offense?

    Rest in Peace, Mr. Davis.

  155. wkheathjr says: Oct 8, 2011 11:54 AM

    Dating back to Dec 20, 2009 his team is 4-0 vs rivalry Denver Broncos, 2-0 vs all other Division Conference teams (AFC West), he exits the game with great satisfaction of being 10-0 against his Division teams.

  156. William Marcellino says: Oct 8, 2011 11:55 AM

    Michael, your post failed to mention the huge impact Mr. Davis had on race and sex integration in pro foot ball. Davis is the Jackie Robinson of football–the character the racial integration story revolves around.

  157. edgerules says: Oct 8, 2011 11:55 AM

    RIP Mr. Davis. Al Davis was a maverick, a legend, and will be remembered as one of the pioneers responsible for the NFL today.

    Thank you Al Davis.


  158. elleclouds says: Oct 8, 2011 11:59 AM

    Keep it classy you chumps. RiP Al Davis and best wishes to his family and friends.

  159. 730boy says: Oct 8, 2011 11:59 AM

    I cant believe some comments on here, the man just died he did so much for the sport of football. If you want to make dumb comments about him passing away go on espn with the rest of the idiots that comment on there stories with stupid jokes and chirps. RIP AL Davis

  160. waynefontes says: Oct 8, 2011 11:59 AM

    Al Davis made his mark, and had a hell of a life.

    Rest in Peace.

  161. nineroutsider says: Oct 8, 2011 12:01 PM

    I am young…I didnt know much about Mr. Davis until I watched that AFL series on the NFL Network. Davis had as big a hand in shaping modern football as anybody and for that I will always remember him…a true icon and an actual maverick. Plus he was great for the bay area community. As a life long bay area native and niner fan, I salate Al and the Raiders…he changed the nfl and was a towering figure that wont soon be forgotten.

    Give them hell in Houston for Al!

  162. lanflfan says: Oct 8, 2011 12:02 PM

    Although he was his teams’ own worst enemy a lot recently, Al Davis defined the Raiders and made a huge impact (positive and negative) on the NFL.

    RIP Al

  163. cardmagnet says: Oct 8, 2011 12:02 PM

    RIP to the father of the AFL, which made pro football as we know it today possible. Whether you loved him or hated him, you can’t deny he helped shape the future of the game we love so dear, and built a dynasty in the process.

  164. rangersleadtheway says: Oct 8, 2011 12:02 PM

    as a Raider fan, who came to love them in the early 80’s this is a sad day. RIP Al and thank you for loving the Raiders as much as I do..

    for the fans of other teams offering their respect and condolences in a classy manner, you have mine as well.

    This Raider fan appreciates that as well.

  165. pondbridge says: Oct 8, 2011 12:03 PM

    Everyone is a Raider fan today. He is as reponsible for the NFL as it exists today as Rozelle– maybe more so.

    Wonder what this does to the LA stadium situation? Family has to sell out to pay taxes, right? Second coming of the LA Raiders, starting in Rose Bowl?

  166. rolandsloan says: Oct 8, 2011 12:04 PM

    Al Davis was “a little off the beaten path”. Most
    of the best are. You don’t have to understand them to appreciate them. God Bless Al.

  167. RomosRibs says: Oct 8, 2011 12:07 PM

    1 thing for sure..Al wanted to win. RIP.

  168. Deb says: Oct 8, 2011 12:08 PM

    Oh my gosh! Just logged on and saw the headlines. So hard to take this in. I can’t imagine the game without Al Davis. He was a giant of the NFL.

  169. 1stngoal says: Oct 8, 2011 12:09 PM

    Whether some of his notoriety was deserved or not, he were a towering figure and played an important role in making this league what it has become. Rest In Peace, Mr. Al Davis…

  170. tdk24 says: Oct 8, 2011 12:10 PM

    It’s a sad day. RIP Mr. Al Davis. You will be missed. The GOOAT…Greatest Owner OF All Time!

  171. tqaztec says: Oct 8, 2011 12:12 PM

    A great man who gave opportunities to a lot of people.

    Will the Raiders wear black?

  172. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Oct 8, 2011 12:12 PM

    RIP Godfather.

  173. raiderapologist says: Oct 8, 2011 12:14 PM

    GG Eden says: Oct 8, 2011 11:43 AM

    Some sad individuals are thumbing-down all the condolence posts. Pathetic.

    Unlike Mr. Davis, those people will leave no other mark on the world.

    Rest in peace, Coach.

  174. johnnyb216 says: Oct 8, 2011 12:15 PM

    R.I.P Al Davis. Everybody thought you were off your rocker towards the end, but you still knew enough to know Lane Kiffen was a phony. The NFL community just lost an icon.

  175. smarter76 says: Oct 8, 2011 12:17 PM

    Thanks for the respect being paid to Al Davis by fans of other teams, it means a lot.

    The NFL lost a great man, hell… America lost a great man…if half the people with some power had the balls and will that Al Davis had….this country would be better off.

  176. minnysoda says: Oct 8, 2011 12:19 PM

    Brett Favre says

    I can’t believe with all the years the Raiders played pro ball they haven’t won more Super Bowls

    Seriously though Al Davis was a creative and Unique individual something that is sorely missing in today’s society. RIP AL

  177. realfootballfan says: Oct 8, 2011 12:22 PM

    The last true original, pioneer, legend, one of a kind great man. The last owwner synonymous with his franchise.

    Rest in peace, Al Davis.

    You will truly be missed because you changed the game.

  178. billsfan1 says: Oct 8, 2011 12:23 PM

    wow. just wow. not much else to say but RIP to one of the pioneers of the NFL as to what it is today. its ironic too because here in Buffalo there was a rumor that was short lived claiming Ralph WIlson had passed. In any case, he made a mark and who knows what this league would be like without men like him….

  179. tqaztec says: Oct 8, 2011 12:26 PM

    Al Davis is not dead. He’s just delivering a summons to Pete Rozelle.

    If anyone can do it, Al can.


  180. bertilfox says: Oct 8, 2011 12:29 PM

    Does this mean you guys are done running that ghastly picture of him? I sure hope so.

    R.I.P. Al Davis.

  181. war71 says: Oct 8, 2011 12:31 PM

    As a Raider fan 30 years strong and having to ingest all the negative things said about Al Davis the last 10 years it’s goo to see the respect of fans from other teams being posted on this forum. I can’t even comprehend the Raiders without Al…Very sad day for the Nation. Thank you for your good wishes and respect.

  182. holeinone09 says: Oct 8, 2011 12:31 PM

    Very sorry to hear about this. He was a pioneer, a visionary, a renegade and completely dedicated to football. I remember the huge rivalries the Steelers had with the Raiders back in the early 70’s.

    RIP Mr. Davis, Just Win Baby.

  183. 3yrsnfl says: Oct 8, 2011 12:32 PM

    I would have loved to meet Al Davis. There is the story of how Pete Rozelle was trying to get something done in the early years that would move the league forward and most of the owners were against it except for Al Davis. They were rivals but Mr. Davis recognized that what Rozelle was doing would be great for all the owners and Mr. Davis stood up for him. He was/is a great business man.

  184. americankris says: Oct 8, 2011 12:33 PM

    The Raiders without Al Davis is like Kool without the aid

    RIP Mr.Davis

  185. polishkingski says: Oct 8, 2011 12:34 PM

    its funny, it was like you never thought he was going to die. like he would just be around forever. makes us all think about our own inmortality i guess. rest in peace big al.

  186. choocho says: Oct 8, 2011 12:35 PM

    RIP, sir. When it was all said and done, you did some amazing things for the game.

  187. eleventyeight says: Oct 8, 2011 12:37 PM

    Rest In Peace Mr. Raider

    *you were one wild &%@$!er but you brought a lot to the game!

  188. cmb79 says: Oct 8, 2011 12:40 PM

    He was one of those guys whom you thought might actually be immortal. Now that he’s gone, it feels like a huge piece of the Game’s legacy died with him.

    Here’s hoping we see a long-term resurgence for one of the NFL’s greatest franchises as a tribute to a legend.

  189. awestcave says: Oct 8, 2011 12:40 PM

    As a hard-core, dyed-in-the-wool Chiefs fan, Al sure made this rivalry fun, and helped make it one of the best in pro sports. My condolences to Raider Nation.

  190. wferg1121 says: Oct 8, 2011 12:42 PM

    Not a fan of the raiders, but you still recognize the fact that Al was a great man.. He might have been a little controversial, but he did give everyone an opportunity, including Gruden, Kiffin, and now Jackson. The guy just wanted to win, and didn’t want to pay people that he perceived were losers… I can’t blame him for that… He will be missed.. RIP AL you are a legend.

  191. riderspantherssk says: Oct 8, 2011 12:48 PM

    A lot of people took shots at Davis over the last few years, but none of them were there when Al was building professional football for all of us. RIP.

  192. "Coach"Davis says: Oct 8, 2011 12:48 PM

    The greatness of the Raiders is in it’s future. Now that Davis is gone.
    Al Davis was a complete fraud for over two decades. Check his record if you don’t believe me. He was a dinosaur that refused to evolve. It might be to late this year. But finally next year the Raiders can actually begin steps to compete in the modern NFL. Of course knowing Al he will still try to kill the Raiders from his grave. Who knows what’s in his will to ensure the Raiders continue to do things his way ensuring more misery. Steinbrenner went out a world champion. Al went out like the pathetic loser he was the last 20 years. With an loss to New England. Al was a great owner only if you liked being a pin cusion who enjoyed to watch your favorite team lose. Or you were a fan of the other 31 teams. Finally the misery Raider fans have had to endure all these years can stop. Might not happen right away. The damage Davis did can’t be fixed over night. But like the wall in Berlin finally being torn down. This is a great day.

  193. bigredjbird says: Oct 8, 2011 12:52 PM

    You’re one of a kind Al. Thanks for everything you have done to make he game what it is today. RIP. Texans aren’t going to win on Sunday.

  194. richm2256 says: Oct 8, 2011 12:52 PM


    Didn’t expect to be reading THIS today.

    Definitely had an impact on the game, and the league itself. Without Al Davis, the NFL isn’t what it is today. No one had a greater passion or devotion to the game.

    Sympathies to Raider fans everywhere.

    Regardless of where the team has been the past few seasons, Al Davis built a legendary history for your franchise. You lost your guiding light of 50 years.

  195. richm2256 says: Oct 8, 2011 12:54 PM

    And kudos to PFT for ditching that wonderfully funny Skeletor photo for one of Al in his infamous track suits.

    Good job, guys.

  196. damnyoulinelliot says: Oct 8, 2011 12:55 PM

    Rest in peace, Mr. Davis. I’m a die-hard Chiefs fan, but you have my respect today.

  197. raider187 says: Oct 8, 2011 12:55 PM

    R.I.P. Big Al. You will always oversee the Silver & Black forevermore. Whether you agreed or disagreed with the man, this is a HUGE loss for the Raiders and the NFL. No man represented his team better than Mr. Davis.

  198. rangersleadtheway says: Oct 8, 2011 12:58 PM

    I truly expected the hater and disparaging comments to be in full spread today…

    I am overwhelming surprised at the respect and honored comments by fans from around the league. For those of you that managed to have dignity today, it is appreciated. Al Davis wanted everyone to love the Raiders as much as he did…

    I appreciate the fact that today, at least, we are all football fans…

  199. cjspiller12 says: Oct 8, 2011 1:00 PM

    Rest in peace Al…… and Ralph are one of a kind. Always respected Al Davis. Raider Nation can also give thanks to Ralph Wilson.
    Ralph was a guiding force in AFL policies that ensured success, such as gate and television revenue sharing; in 1961, with the rival Oakland Raiders in financial difficulty, Wilson loaned the club $400,000 and was also willing to loan money to Billy Sullivan of the Patriots. Wilson helped keep those franchises afloat, likely saving the entire league from folding.

  200. outburst78 says: Oct 8, 2011 1:01 PM

    I’m at a loss for words. RIP, Al. Thanks for everything.

  201. croghan1919 says: Oct 8, 2011 1:03 PM

    Very sad,
    The NFL universe has lost an original.

  202. ronlm says: Oct 8, 2011 1:05 PM

    Love him, or hate him… Al Davis will always be remembered as one of the most polarizing figures in sports history.

    That said, if you know anything at all about football, or life in general, you will respect him.

    RIP, Mr. Al Davis. And thank you!!!

  203. rajbais says: Oct 8, 2011 1:05 PM

    Al got ripped on too much by people in the media!!!

    Ever since John Madden’s Hall of Fame speech, I have always found the media to be classless to Al when they showed NO respect to a man that was in a walker at that same speech!!!

    The media lets Brett Favre gets away with doing a bunch of dumb things while a man who could’ve employed Brett gets a verbal scathings from those who claim to be “holier than thou”!!! How sad is that??

    He was not perfect, but at least have the decency to be courteous toward his presence when he is not the man you once knew and is in declining health!!!! I heard NO courteous remark toward Al from ANYONE in the media when it came to his health!!!

    Al Davis = One of a kind!!! Rest in Peace, Coach!!!

  204. otis52gsh says: Oct 8, 2011 1:08 PM

    R.I.P. Mr. Davis

  205. letsgogetasnack says: Oct 8, 2011 1:20 PM

    R.I.P. Al Davis a true NFL Pioneer…but like SATO told Mr Miyagi in Karate Kid 2…”i give u time to mourn, then we fight” so we still got to whoop ya in H-town tmrrw!

  206. aholdson28 says: Oct 8, 2011 1:23 PM

    Condolences from the Dawg Pound to all of Raider nation

  207. sdfootballfan says: Oct 8, 2011 1:26 PM

    Thank you & R.I.P. Coach! What you did for the AFL as commissioner will forever be appreciated by this Charger fan.

  208. willisaldon9952 says: Oct 8, 2011 1:40 PM

    To bad Al Davis could never adjust to the times, he still believed he lived in the 60’s and it shows in the Raiders play. But to all the good memories he left R.I.P. Al Davis.

  209. CowboyErik says: Oct 8, 2011 1:42 PM

    Wow, this is shocking news. I’m not a Raider fan but am saddened. I hope he got to watch/attend the great games that Raiders have played so far this year, and hope they make the playoff’s in his honor!

  210. ronlm says: Oct 8, 2011 1:44 PM

    So many respectful comments in this thread. Thank you all for showing much deserved respect.

  211. bostonhasrealhockey says: Oct 8, 2011 1:44 PM

    RIP Mr. Davis thanks for all the contributions to the best league ever

  212. dirtydrynn27 says: Oct 8, 2011 1:50 PM

    RIP Al and a truck load of Condolences from the Redskins Nation!!!!

  213. steelerfan999 says: Oct 8, 2011 1:53 PM


  214. tardpalin says: Oct 8, 2011 1:58 PM

    Never much cared for Al but his contributions to the game MUST be applauded.
    Thanx Al and RIP.

  215. khuff71 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:01 PM

    The nation mourns.

  216. TheWizard says: Oct 8, 2011 2:07 PM

    Godspeed Mr. Davis.

  217. neilpountney says: Oct 8, 2011 2:09 PM

    Not a Raiders fan and for all the mockery the guy took in his later years he is at least in part responsible for the NFL as is today.

    Al was a very special kind of guy and I am sure does not get his due by the younger generations.

    RIP Al and thanks for all you did for the game.

  218. stockdogdca says: Oct 8, 2011 2:14 PM

    We lost two incredible Icons in the same week, Al Davis’ impact on the NFL equates to that of Steve Jobs impact on the computer industry ! He WILL be missed. R.I.P. Al

  219. howley1 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:16 PM

    One thing’s for sure. Al won’t be going to hell. The devil still has a restraining order against him.

  220. grimmlock42 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:22 PM

    Whether you liked or hated this man. You’re gonna see players and coaches from all teams, past or present, give their respects to this man. He helped open the door to make this game what it is today. The best game in the world. R.I.P. Mr. Davis.

  221. khuff71 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:27 PM

    People continue to ask me how I can proudly show my silver & black every day, no matter what the win/loss record happens to be. They ask how I first came to be a fan living in the middle of the country. It is easy. The Raiders play with a chip on their shoulder. Every other team plays better when going up against them. Every other team tries harder. I think it is exactly what Mr. Davis wanted. Most people understand and agree after I explain this. I hope you do also.

  222. oliv9768 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:27 PM

    Why I’m a Raiders Fanatic……..

    Here’s a short grocery list.

    The Legend; The Lore

    The Nostalgia

    The Black Hole

    The Autumn Wind

    The Iconic Mister John Thomas Ralph Augustine James Facenda

    The Cult-Like ‘Nation

    7000 Coliseum Way Tailgating

    The Immaculate Deception

    The Heidi Game

    The Sea of Hands

    The Ghost to the Post

    The Holy Roller

    Red Right 88

    The Tuck Rule (Which I dub; “The Great Snow Heist”)

    Fat-Ass 400 LB. Anthony “The Goose” Siragusa intentionally pancaking the shoulder of (which he was fined for) Richard Joseph “The Cannon” Gannon at the 11:00 minute mark of the second quarter in the 2000 AFC Championship Game (“The Big Flop”)

    The Raiderettes

    The Yaaaiiiddahs!!!! (Mister Christopher James “Boomer” Berman-ESPN; NFL Primetime)

    The Player Personnel Assistant, The Assistant Coach, The Head Coach, The General Manager, The League Commissioner, The Principal Owner and Chief Executive Officer, The Esoteric, The Revered, The Incomparable Mister Allen R. “Al-Just Win Baby” Davis

    The All-Time Dreaded; “Silver & Black!!!”

    Subtotal; “Priceless!!!”

    Should I continue……..?

    If you can’t dig that; then get out of football…

    RIP, Al’

  223. khuff71 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:31 PM

    Today I lost a role model of 30 years. Think about what he accomplished in life. Think about the respect he earned. Think about those who loved him and hated him. To paraphrase, you can judge a man by his enemies as well as his friends.

  224. angelosdraftboard says: Oct 8, 2011 2:44 PM

    STOP ALREADY WITH THE TRAGIG EULOGIES !!! HE WAS 82 YEARS OLD !!!!! ITS NOT TRAGIC !!!! The 5 year old kid who gets shot by accident in a drive by is tragic. Not some 82 year old multi millionaire that already lived the life that very few will be able to,
    Yes he was a visionary and a self made man but he stuck around the organization too long and was one of the main reasons the Raiders have been irrelevant for so long.
    Please stop with all the histrionics and affectatious RIP’s. In reality but for his family he will be missed but few.

  225. tednancy says: Oct 8, 2011 3:15 PM

    angelosdraftboard says: Oct 8, 2011 2:44 PM

    STOP ALREADY WITH THE TRAGIG EULOGIES !!! HE WAS 82 YEARS OLD !!!!! ITS NOT TRAGIC !!!! The 5 year old kid who gets shot by accident in a drive by is tragic. Not some 82 year old multi millionaire that already lived the life that very few will be able to,
    Yes he was a visionary and a self made man but he stuck around the organization too long and was one of the main reasons the Raiders have been irrelevant for so long.
    Please stop with all the histrionics and affectatious RIP’s. In reality but for his family he will be missed but few

    What a stupid and insensitive thing to write about any man on the very day of his death. Who cares how old or young he was? We should be observing this somber moment with respect and reflection, not using it as an opportunity to spout off irrelevant and idiotic ideas about the value of a man’s life relative to his age.

    Al Davis was a true giant in profession football. The impact of his personality will live on in the Raiders organization. He was a champion 3 times over, and his contributions to both the AFL and NFL are unmatched among the current crop of owners.


  226. gweetarman says: Oct 8, 2011 3:20 PM

    Oh crap.


    The Denver Broncos
    The Kansas City Chiefs
    The San Diego Chargers

  227. revolution22 says: Oct 8, 2011 3:23 PM

    Rest in Peace, Al Davis.

  228. dawkattack says: Oct 8, 2011 3:32 PM

    Whoa this is a sad day for football god bless & rip BIG AL

  229. bucforever says: Oct 8, 2011 3:53 PM

    Love him or hate him. Al Davis made a difference . How many of us will be able to say the same thing? RIP Al.

  230. btwicey says: Oct 8, 2011 3:56 PM

    Sad news, seems like he’s done a lot for the game. Also sad for the 2012 forth rounder that would have gone 8th overall.

  231. mrfrostyj says: Oct 8, 2011 3:59 PM

    Why so many “thumbs down” for Raiders FANS who are pointing out the obvious. Al Davis was a legend and he did what he loved. Unfortunately in doing so he made the lives of so many coaches, fans and players miserable over the past 10 years of his life through years of bad football and unstable teams because of it. The guy was a control freak and Raiders fans watched MANY great coaches and players leave because of it.

    Most who were critical of Al Davis were not disrespectful about it and his death does not change anything. He is diserving of a tribute ala George Hallas in Chicago and Al Lerner in Cleveland for the many good years he brought to the team but to think that Raiders fans should up and not speak their true opinions of the man because he died is more disrespectful to his memory than the fake adulation he’s going to get from people who could care less about the Raiders or Davis yesterday. As any Raiders fan knows, if Davis had a problem with you, he’d have no problem telling you about it. If you want to honor the mans memory then be a Raiders fan, Raiders fans don’t hold back and it was Davis who taught that. The Raiders were one of the most hated teams in the NFL in their day and Davis LOVED that. If you’re giving a thumbs down to a Raiders fan giving their opinion of him or the team that isn’t snuggly and loving then you in turn are forgetting (or never knew) what Davis himself wanted out of his fans.

  232. drew05 says: Oct 8, 2011 4:01 PM

    Rest in peace, Mr. Davis.

    My condolences, Raidernation.

  233. hendeeze says: Oct 8, 2011 4:09 PM

    RIP Al Davis, from a lifelong Niner fan

  234. humpty20 says: Oct 8, 2011 4:27 PM

    This man was the butt of alot of jokes, but no doubt a innovator and huge part of the game i love today.

    I can not imagine the Raiders without him. Guess i figured he would just be around forever like Joe-pa.

    RIP from Who dey, A direct decendant of your actions and thanks to a man that was every bit as influencial at Paul Brown himself.

  235. blackdonnelly says: Oct 8, 2011 4:36 PM

    Some thoughtful PFT reader above just referenced “Autumn Wind” – very appropriate given this very sad day. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family and my fellow members of Raider Nation. And to all his detractors and haters out there – you’ll NEVER accomplish what this man did for us, the NFL, and professional sports in general.

    Godspeed, Al. You will be forever remembered and immortalized. You truly were “Da Man.”


  236. Deb says: Oct 8, 2011 4:46 PM

    angelosdraftboard says:

    STOP ALREADY WITH THE TRAGIG EULOGIES !!! HE WAS 82 YEARS OLD !!!!! ITS NOT TRAGIC !!!! The 5 year old kid who gets shot by accident in a drive by is tragic. … Please stop with all the histrionics and affectatious RIP’s. In reality but for his family he will be missed but few.
    Spoken like a four-year-old. I don’t believe anyone here is talking about tragedies. We’re expressing our appreciation for what the man meant to the sport we love and expressing our feelings on his passing. Believe it or not, people are still loved and appreciated at 82. And in reality, the five-year-old–and the 25-year-old–who die at the prime of life are truly missed only by those closest to them. It’s not your place to tell others how to feel about someone else’s passing. Your rant was infantile, inappropriate, and embarrassing for you. I feel sorry for your immaturity and shallowness.

  237. botchedextrapoint says: Oct 8, 2011 4:47 PM

    As a recent convert to the game all I’ve ever heard about Al Davis is cheap shot jokes. Luckily NFL Films has shown me the important role Davis played in making this game great. Has there been a story on the Raiders in the last decade, even the positive ones, where there wasn’t a whole bunch of cheap shots at Al.

    Media, couldn’t you have said these things yesterday while he was still here to hear them.

  238. rc33 says: Oct 8, 2011 4:50 PM

    R.I.P. Al Davis.
    One of a kind.

    In a related item, he still trails Marvin Hagler, Rocky Marciano and me on the Most Noteworthy People from Brockton, MA. list.

  239. groundpounder95 says: Oct 8, 2011 4:50 PM

    RIP Al… put together a competitive team year after year because of your great football expertise. Raider Nation will miss you and your philosophy will forever be endowed with the Black and Silver lining.

  240. waltdawg says: Oct 8, 2011 4:52 PM

    RIP AL…Thanks for the contributions to make the game what it is today. All respect!

  241. andre504 says: Oct 8, 2011 5:00 PM

    Whats up with all of these people giving a thumbs down whenever someone posts “R.I.P. Al Davis”? Come on man, even if you did not like him or his organization, you should have the common courtesy to pay him and his family respect. You should have the ability to separate sport from life!

    R.I.P. Al, Pro Football Hall of Famer!

  242. touchdownroddywhite says: Oct 8, 2011 5:29 PM

    Anybody disliking the posts in support of Al Davis are fickle fans that have no clue at all how much this man had to do with the sport we all covet.

    Without Al Davis there’s a good chance football would be merely a hollow shell of what it is today.

  243. charger383 says: Oct 8, 2011 5:32 PM

    Mr Davis, thanks for giving us the Raiders

  244. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 8, 2011 6:07 PM

    Rest in peace.

  245. raiderredleg says: Oct 8, 2011 6:20 PM

    Good post Deb…Appreciate it.

  246. nicosanchez02 says: Oct 8, 2011 6:33 PM

    On behalf of the raidernation! You will be miss!! Rest in peace Mr. Davis!!

  247. maverick5266 says: Oct 8, 2011 6:41 PM

    I love footall. In particular proffesional football. This man definently helped forge the NFL into what it has become. It is sad to see the elder statesmen of the modern game pass. I am not a member of Raider nation, but to all those in the nation and the Davis family please understand every true fan of the sport lost a friend today.

    God speed Al, and thanks again for doing your part to give all of us the best sport on the planet.

  248. tatum064 says: Oct 8, 2011 6:43 PM

    Oct 8, 2011 5:29 PM
    Anybody disliking the posts in support of Al Davis are fickle fans that have no clue at all how much this man had to do with the sport we all covet.

    Without Al Davis there’s a good chance football would be merely a hollow shell of what it is today.

    the man invented rivalry


    what team didnt we have a rivarly against?!


    RIP, Al Davis, you know you are a legend when even the enemies paid their respects.

    “Once a Raider..Always a Raider”
    -Al Davis

  249. charger383 says: Oct 8, 2011 8:39 PM

    Al Davis will live on as long as there is a Raider team and there are Raider fans. He had 48 years with the Raiders. I have been a Raider and Alabama fan since I started watching football, in the early 60’s.
    Thanks for the Raiders and making things interesting.

  250. buzzbissinger says: Oct 8, 2011 11:46 PM

    I would like to personally thank all of the fans of ‘other’ teams that came here to pay homage to Mr. Davis:

    Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers, Steelers, Redskins, Lions, Packers, 49ers, Bears, Browns, Giants, Eagles.
    Anyone else notice the abscence of the Seahawks or Cowboys?

    I also would like to thank Mr. Davis for giving every, castoff, low-life, also ran, hope and a team to root for.

    RIP Al Davis, you will be missed.

  251. mannyicey says: Oct 9, 2011 10:32 AM

    Al Davis- Legend.

    I am not a Raiders fan anymore (haven’t been since Jim Plunkett’s days), but I do absolutely thought of Al Davis as a genius.

  252. golonger says: Oct 10, 2011 5:59 PM

    Gee…….L.A. can’t buy a break!

  253. bigal1952 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:22 AM

    It’s hard to put my feelings into words. A part of my youth, a part of my life, has passed on.

    There will never be another AL DAVIS.

    You were unique, you were your own man, and you loved the game of football with a passion that no one else in my lifetime has ever matched.

    Thank you for the excitement, for all those last minute victories, the Heidi game, the Blanda era, Ghost to the Post, the Holy Roller and the “necessary” rule changes, the intrigue, the Raider mystique, the passion you exuded, the pride for your team, and the love and loyalty you demonstrated for your “playahs”.

    Most of all, thank you for all the memories we will continue to cherish. The game of football has lost an icon, a legend, and it truly will never be the same…..but we will always have the memories of what made it great and shaped it.

    ….and thank you to all the fans of other NFL teams who posted their respects to Mr. Davis, his family, and the RaiderNation. Times like these remind us that we are fans of NFL football, and Al Davis was one of the pioneers of the modern day game. Much respect to all of you.

  254. 44kyle says: Oct 14, 2011 9:34 PM

    Al was a jerk. A sad greedy man who deserves no praise. I hate it when people are called great simply because they’re rich.

  255. rdr4lif says: Oct 14, 2011 10:37 PM

    Like so many Raider fans across the globe I was enchanted by the players and colors and logo which of course Al Davis created. As I grew older I realized that every thing I loved about the team came from Als influence. I pray that the fans and organization never allow his vision to dim, that the fire that burns brightest will always be “The Will to Win” as embodied by the greatest sports owner of all time. Thank you Al!

    Special thanks to all the classsy fans who have paid there respects. It means a lot!

  256. r8rcrzy says: Oct 16, 2011 4:03 AM

    Al did as much for his time as MLK. Sure Al Dais didnt give his life but talked the talk and most definitely walked the walk all the way! It didnt ever matter to him where you came from, what your skin color was or what americans felt you were entitled to, He always gave the opportunity to the best Man out there! Period! Maverick in public life and Pro sports. Bet theres a few athletes that will back that statement up. The guy didnt give up his life on a podium….The Man lived his life through his actions. Period. The Man did more for human rights just on the field than most in their lifetime. A Barrier breaker, A maverick.A mold broken! Definitely didnt agree with all his moves football wise, But I am a Raider fan at heart because of the Image and what Al stood for on and off the field. RIP AL and long live the Raider Nation!

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