In breaking news, Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has died. He passed away this morning at the age of 82.
Davis’s Raiders saw much success over his 48 years with the team, most notably their Super Bowl XI, XV, and XVIII wins. Davis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. He is the only person in league history to serve as personnel assistant, scout, head coach general manager, owner, and league commissioner.
As much as Broncos fans don’t like the Raiders, this truly is the end of an era in the NFL. Davis was a pioneer and he did a lot for the game of football. His crass attitude often made the headlines, but Davis certainly had a softer side that was characterized by mostly passion.
Davis was charming, cantankerous and compassionate—a man who when his wife suffered a serious heart attack in the 1970s moved into her hospital room. But he was best known as a rebel, a man who established a team whose silver-and-black colors and pirate logo symbolized his attitude toward authority, both on the field and off. – Josh Dubow (Associated Press via the Denver Post)
Davis coined the phrase “Just win, baby,” and his Raiders of 2011? They are 2-2 and on the upswing. The Houston Texans had better watch out tomorrow. The Raiders are playing with open tear ducts heavy hearts, and they want nothing more than to “just win” for their late owner.
R.I.P. Al Davis