It was an Al Davis I had never seen and would never see again. One that, perhaps, only football people or friends in his inner circle got to see.
The Oakland Raiders won the day after owner Al Davis died, beating the Houston Texans 25-20 on Sunday behind Jason Campbell’s two touchdown passes.
It is still not known who will take the reins of the franchise after the death of longtime owner Al Davis.
Al Davis, the Hall of Fame owner of the Oakland Raiders known for his rebellious spirit, has died.
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.
As the sports world mourns the loss of legendary longtime Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, some San Francisco 49er football insiders who knew the Hall of Famer well are also reacting with sadness.
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.