Al Davis, 1929-2011
The NFL's last maverick has died. He was 82. The godfather of the Oakland Raiders was colorful, combative and controversial. He also was a three-time Super Bowl champion and a Hall-of-Famer. Raider Nation is in mourning.
- A day after Al Davis' passing, his Oakland Raiders paid him the ultimate tribute by winning a nail-biter that wasn't decided until literally the final second. Raiders 25, Texans 20. They just won, baby.
- And Raider Nation celebrated, albeit with a heavy heart.
- So did Raiders players after the game:
This video is about Al Davis' accomplishments in professional football and his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Here's a video of a past Raiders game they won in dramatic fashion:
Meanwhile, national sportswriters from the New York Times, the Boston Herald, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times continue to eulogize the man:
This video tries to define the outrageous outlaw style of the Oakland Raiders, an attitude that started at the top of the organization with renegade team owner Al Davis.
Jerry McDonald, the Raiders beat writer for the Oakland Tribune, wrote an excellent summation of Davis' life and career:
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