The Raiders have issued a statement on the passing of owner Al Davis, who died today at the age of 82. The full text of the statement appears below.
“The Oakland Raiders are deeply saddened by the passing of Al Davis.
“Al Davis was unique – a maverick, a giant among giants, a true legend among legends, the brightest star among stars, a hero, a mentor, a friend.
“Al Davis was the only person in professional football history to have been a scout, assistant coach, head coach, general manager, commissioner and owner.
“He was an innovator, a pioneer with a deep love and passion for the game of football. His contributions to the game are innumerable and his legacy will endure forever through generations of players, coaches, administrators and fans.
“Al Davis was a champion of diversity who maintained the courage of his convictions. His passion for the game we all love is best exemplified by his famous phrase, ‘COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE.’
“The fire that burns brightest in the Raider organization, ‘THE WILL TO WIN,’ will continue to blaze through the legacy of the great Al Davis.”
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Raiders organization and the family, friends, and colleagues of Al Davis.