Al Davis Dies
Fans dressed in Oakland Raiders jerseys quickly made their way to team headquarters in Alameda on Saturday, where a black flag with the team logo flew at half-staff and a makeshift memorial formed at the base of the flag pole in rememberance of Al Davis.
He was about the game and its purity, its integrity. A cartoonish figure perhaps to this generation of NFL fanatics, it should be recalled that Al Davis’ brilliant legacy to the league is anything but trivial.
Forty-five years ago, Al Davis wanted blood. He wanted revenge. He wanted to take the National Football League for all its worth and engulf it.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell considers longtime Oakland Raiders owner and Hall of Famer Al Davis a “true legend” of the game.
Reaction from around the NFL to Saturday’s death of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis at the age of 82.
Yes, he had his faults. And, yes, there are still questions about how he finagled ownership of the Oakland Raiders, but Al Davis was a football man turned owner.
What is clear is that, no matter the successor, there will be a void. There was no owner who was more involved in the day-to-day decisions of the club than Al Davis.
He modernized the passing game. He made marketing a part of being an owner. He hired minorities to be coaches when other owners refused. Al Davis was, in short, a brilliant man.