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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: May 8, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:49 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

You make some valid points Freeman, and my hope is that people will have respect throughout the next few days. In my humble opinion, Davis should have withdrawn direct involvement in the team several years ago, and I think his legacy would be in a greater place. He absolutely did have tremendously positive effects on the league, and he deserves to be honored. It's just too bad that a lot of newer football fans will only remember the Davis of the last few years. RIP Good Sir. 



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:49 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

Lets keep it classy ok?



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:48 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

He died today? I thought he died several years ago and the Raiders had his body proped up in his office to make it look like he was still running the team. Raider fans will be rejoicing.



Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:48 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

R.I.P. Al, you were a rebel and one of the best owner personalities in any sport in any era. Love it or hate it, you did things your way and nobody can ever deny that. You were one of the last great owners and for that you will be miss, Just Win Baby!



Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:47 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

Rest in peace.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:47 am
 

Al Davis helped make the NFL great

Now maybe the team can get back to relevance.


Dixupin Yomom
Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:46 am
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