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Al Davis helped make the NFL great

Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:36 am
The first time I met Al Davis was the early 1990s. I had just started covering the NFL and asked for an interview. He had refused for months and then granted a brief one. Some of the first words out of his mouth were these: "Don't believe every lie the league office says about me."

For much of his brilliant, chaotic and unreal life, Al Davis was at war. He fought commissioners. He fought other owners. He fought cities. He tussled with mayors and politicians and his own players. He earned a reputation as a crazy man.

But for those of you who don't know, do not let that deter from what Davis did. The NFL you see today? The multi-billion dollar league? The great league? The biggest, the baddest? Al Davis helped to build it. In many ways, it can be argued, few were bigger at making the sport what it is now.

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.

Never forget that. Never, ever forget that.
Category: NFL
Tags: Raiders

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:21 pm

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

As a life long Oakland Raider fan today is truly a sad day. I was 7 years old when I went to my first Raider game and I remeber every second of it. I remeber meeting Jack Tatum in a supermarket with my older brother and we were both scared to death of the man because we saw what he did on the feild. I rememeber all three Superbowl victories and all the great moments in raider history. The Holy roller, the Ghost to the Post, the Sea of Hands, and ufortunatley I also remeber the Immiculate Reception and the Tuck rule. All are part of Raider lore, They would be great moments by themselves but they are bigger because it involved the Raiders and Al Davis. He frustrated Raider fans at times when he took the team to L.A. but all was forgiven when he brought them home. He helped out many former players with medical expenses and none of that ever was published. The game will never know another person like Al Davis and it is lessened by his passing. He will be missed. Just Win Baby!!!!

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:16 pm

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

I became a Jets fan before the Eagles lost to the Raiders. Therefore, I did root for Jim Plunkett that day. Obviously Eagles fans are still bent out of shape that Jaworski saved his worst for last that season in 1980.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:11 pm

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

I watched their last two Super Bowls as a kid when they beat the Eagles and Redskins. Al Davis definitely had a very winning tradition throughout the 70's,80's and into the early 90's. It seemed he lost his way for awhile after he wrongfully fired Art Shell. The playoff appearances ended for many years until their 3 year run in the Early 2000's.

My memories were how he allowed his players to live their lives as they saw fit. He encouraged renegades and social misfits to do whatever they wish. Just show up and play on Sundays. John Matuszak and Lyle Alzado are prime examples. I also feel the negative publicity ruined some deserving Hall of Fame careers from reaching Canton. Namely Lester Hayes. As a Jets fan, it was a great rivalry. We did beat them in 1982. However, we never won the big one which they did twice in the early 80's. Lester Hayes would of been in Canton had he not been a Raider. Felt he did way more of those years than Michael Haynes who was put on a pedestal. Haynes was good. Hayes was BETTER ! I heard years ago Lester Hayes pawned off his 1980 Super Bowl ring for a dental procedure. Players in the 1980's mostly made 5 figured salaries despite their greatness. 

In closing, I respect the Silver and Black Tradition. The NFL is more fun seeing The Silver and Black in contention. Believe Hue Jackson is a good coach and wish you luck. You've had a tough schedule outside your division thus far. Just got to take care of business in the AFC West. Good luck Raider Nation ! 

Since: Jul 18, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:30 pm

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

I am a lifetime Charger fan who first watched Al Davis on the sidelines as an assistant Charger coach under Sid Gilman before he got the Raider job. Al did well with the Raiders as many of the AFL teams also learned from Sid Gilman at the same time. The NFL got the picture once Namath and the Jets got the first AFL Super Bowl win.
I may have said a lot of things about Al Davis over the years but I take them all back because Al was good for the game and also because he is not here any longer to have fun with.  

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 1:03 pm

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

Just Win Baby!
Commitment to Excellence
The Vertical Offense

The legendary fights with Pete Rozelle and the cities of Oakland and Los Angeles
3 Super Bowl wins and 5 Super Bowl appearances
The hiring of John Madden in 1969 at the age of 32

Those are all lasting legacies that Al Davis brought into the NFL and should be remembered for.

RIP, Al!

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:43 pm

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

Oh would you peeps wake up and realize this clown isnt an Eagles fan. Whenever somebody dies or gets seriously hurt its the same clown with an Eagles avatar spewing his crap. He gets banned and he creates a new one because he gets off on you guys bashing Eagles fans. Hes probably some 13 year old with no freinds and gets picked on everyday by an Eagles fan :)

RIP Al Davis.

Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:10 pm

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

My condolences to the entire Al Davis family on his death.
There's no doubt that he did a lot to help make the NFL great.
He was a visionary, a rebel and a fighter for what he believed in.
But that was only a part of who he was.  This is not the man to make a martyr.
The truth is, that Mr Davis hurt an incredible number of people along the way.
He walked away from many financial obligations only to leave the people
who supported him holding the bag.  If i remember correctly, didn't he accept 
money from the city of Oakland to stay, then left anyway and kept the money?
That is not a man of honor.  I am sorry he is dead, but lets be honest here.  Enough
with what a "Great Man" he was.  We have no accountability anymore.  All you have
to do is say Im sorry, and its like it never happened.  I don't see it that way.

Just sayin.....


Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:45 am

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

I don't know, perhaps the fact that I was born and raised in the south and still live in Atlanta to this day is the reason why I'm not as crude as other Philly fans. But dude, come one what has Philly accomplished? I love them, but they are just the paper champions. They look incredible stat wise year in and year out, but they never can accumulate enough wins, which is what truly matters. Al Davis was a visionary and helped shaped the NFL to what it is today. And like I stated before regardless of his accomplishments, recent failures, or what have you, he is HUMAN. You should never celebrate/disrespect the life of another person, regardless of whatever hostility you feel towards him. I sure hope all Philly fans aren't like this in Philadelphia or wherever for that matter. R.I.P Al Davis. 

Dixupin Yomom
Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:31 am
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Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:30 am

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

Did anybody poke him to be sure?

Sorry.  Last Al shot ever from me.  I hope Mr. Davis was ready to go.  God Bless him.

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