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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: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:59 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

The guy wins 3 Super Bowls and you call him a "loser"? City of Oakland has 8 championships from 3 major sports and you call the city a loser? You need to get yourself a dictionary because you are either ignorant or you don't know what that word means.



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:58 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

Typical it takes an eagles fan to show us how disgusting people can be.  You walk into philly and you realize the city is crude and so are the people.



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:58 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

You do have to give him credit for one thing.

If anyone knows what a loser city is...



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:57 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

Dude, show some respect. Regardless of who he is, he's a human. Seriuously, making all of us Eagles fans look bad. R.I.P Davis



Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:55 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

And why you are an "Amateur"....



Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:54 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

By the way...we now know why your reputation is a "0".



Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:53 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

FUNNY. Philly fan calling Raider owner a loser. How many titles has your franchise won, buddy?
What an Ass Clown.



Dixupin Yomom
Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:52 am
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Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:51 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

RIP Mr. Davis



Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:51 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

Despite his recent failures, Al Davis was an innovative, strong presence in professional football, and the NFL.  The legacy will live on, possibly better than ever.


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