Al Davis, the long time owner of the “Silver & Black” Oakland Raiders has passed away at the age of 82. No cause of death was given. Davis was one of the true pioneers of the NFL, with his roots from the old AFL. Truly, one of the unique and rebellious individuals football has ever seen … Rest in Peace.
Al Davis: 1929 – 2011, Rest in Peace
Davis, the iconic owner of the “Silver & Black” was truly a breed apart, one in a million and did things his way. In 1963 at the age of 33 he became the coach and GM of the AFL’s struggling Oakland Raiders. However, his “Commitment to Excellence” and “Just Win Baby” attitude turned the misfortunes of the Raiders around and turned them into one of the best and most feared teams in NFL history. The NFL’s long time rebel has died.
Al Davis, the iconic owner of the Oakland Raiders, passed away Saturday, a senior-ranking team official confirmed. He was 82.
During Davis’ historic 48-year run with the Raiders, he won three Super Bowls and enjoyed 28 winning seasons, including a stretch of 16 from 1965 through the 1980.
Under Al Davis, the Raiders won Super Bowls XI, XV and XVIII. Davis was also 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.