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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
 
Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:01 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

You people (I use it loosely) are disgusting!  A man has died today. Saying negative things about one of the innovative minds has givin YOU the football you watch today.  You should be ashamed of yourselves!  You F**KING THINGS ARE VERY LITTLE MINDED ANIMALS!!  You disgust all civlized people.



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:01 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

As a lifelong Raider fan, I am sad to see Mr. Davis' passing.  I have tried very hard to remember the great Raider days and to stay faithful to the Raiders these last few years but it has been hard.  Where the Raiders were once great, they have made a series of boneheaded personnel moves that have backfired.  Now, with Hue Jackson and the last two NFL drafts, the Raiders seem to maybe have turned a corner. 
So, I am sorry that Mr. Davis will not be around to see his team turn this corner and become relevant again (one poster used this term and he is correct).

The NFL has lost a pillar and an icon.  Davis helped pioneer the AFL and helped bring the NFL into national "relevance" years ago.  When you talk to any NFL insider, they will show nothing but class and respect when it comes to Davis.  I also would urge those who have typed/talked against Mr. Davis to truly consider how many franchises are able to actually win, year in and year out... there are only a few (Steelers, Pats, and others). 

In the end, I hope the Raiders keep playing competitive football.  I hope the front office gets an overhaul and brings in fresh, new faces.  I hope the Raiders win.  I also hope the NFL will recognize Mr. Davis' life work and that fans can appreciate him as well.

No matter what, the NFL has lost one of its greats today.





Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:00 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

I'm a New England Patriots fan, so I have no love for the Oakland Raiders. But any football fan can admit that Al Davis was a major key to the NFL becoming what it is today. The man had great vision, despite the fact that he refused to hand the reigns over when he got older. Message to all NFL Owners: Learn from the mistakes that Bob Kraft made with Bill Parcels. Give the football operations over to great football minds, watch the game from your owners box, and enjoy the success. 




Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:00 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

RIP Mr. Davis.  For the jackwagon below who said Al Davis was a loser obviously doesn't know how the modern day NFL exists.  Davis was a lead cog in the AFL during it's heyday and they pushed the NFL to the brink.  He fought the merger because he knew that the NFL would have most of the power and he was right.  However, his contributions to the AFL allowed the merger to take effect and thus make the NFL the great sport it is today.  For that Al Davis deserves just as much credit as anyone.  Oh and in his glory days the Raiders were feared and he built great teams.  He surely lost his touch in the later years, but that should not take away his accomplishments. 



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:59 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

Nice work Dix, create a bs account so you can be disrespectful.  Nice work.
 



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:59 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

Amen Freeman, he was instrumental in making the modern day NFL.

He will be missed for that. 



Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:59 am
 

Hated him as a Raiders owner

But he was good for the league.  RIP Al Davis.



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:59 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

Boy you got balls, your high standards. I mean you dont have a convicted felon , who gave a girl a std, herpes and used an alias Ron Mexico..killed and tourtured hundreds of dogs for his own amusment. A coach whos kids are in jail for sellin druggs, some they stole from the eagles. And you have so many championships..wow your 100% correct a-hole



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:59 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

Late in life Al Davis truly managed his team like a total Buffoon. But he was, to be fair, truly one of the reasons the NFL is what it is today. I hate the Raiders and always will but... thank you Al Davius and God Speed.   



Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:59 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

RIP Al Davis.  He did shape the current NFL with innovation in all fields.  I think
his determination to not change his philosphy in managing the Raiders in recent years hurt
to keep of with the ever changing football strategies hurt the organization.  Regardless of how
one feels about the man, he was a visionary.


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