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False Start
10-08-2011, 10:40 AM
RIP AL (http://www.raiders.com/)

He may have been a bit crazy at times, but he did a lot for the NFL.

centexfan
10-08-2011, 10:49 AM
No kidding. Always tried to keep it exciting and controversial. RIP, brash crazy dude.

I'll bet the "no news conference, but a GIANT FREAKING HEADLINE on the homepage" was his idea. :)

Cerberus
10-08-2011, 10:51 AM
May he rest in peace.

Sad day for the NFL.

thunderkyss
10-08-2011, 10:54 AM
R you serious?

I think the man is a legend, a true pioneer.


Found LInk (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/10/08/oakland-raiders-owner-al-davis-has-died/)

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has died

Al Davis, the Oakland Raiders owner who was one of the towering figures of professional football over the last half century, has died.

The Raiders’ web site has confirmed that Davis passed away this morning. He was 82.

Heath Shuler
10-08-2011, 10:54 AM
Just saw scroll on espn. RIP Al. Wonder what the impact on the game will be.

Cerberus
10-08-2011, 10:55 AM
R you serious?

I think the man is a legend, a true pioneer.

Yes, I'm sure.

I'm devastated. I've followed that man and the Raiders since 1968.

Tedc
10-08-2011, 10:55 AM
Very sad day. He did things his way and lived with the motto of "just win, baby". I am sure he will take that to his next position.

On a side note: Are we screwed? Will the Raiders play like world beaters in an emotional display to win one for Al?

BattleRedToro
10-08-2011, 11:09 AM
On a side note: Are we screwed? Will the Raiders play like world beaters in an emotional display to win one for Al?

No, the Texans aren't screwed. I doubt his death has any impact on this game. If whoever inherits the Raiders is competent that could have a huge impact on the AFC West. The Raiders have been terribly mismanaged since the Texans' inaugural season. If they suddenly become properly managed again they could become a force to be reckoned with. In addition, I wonder if the new ownership will move the Raiders back to Los Angeles.

playa465
10-08-2011, 11:11 AM
RIP to a legend

Joe Texan
10-08-2011, 11:18 AM
RIP Al Davis, you were instrumental in creating what we know as the NFL, Thank You

Pantherstang84
10-08-2011, 11:22 AM
Just saw scroll on espn. RIP Al. Wonder what the impact on the game will be.

The Raiders will come out playing with fire and emotion. Trap game coming up tomorrow.

Texan_Bill
10-08-2011, 11:26 AM
RIP Al!!! You were a crazy, zany whacko sumbitch and I thank you for that!! You kept the game fun!! Again, RIP Al... You will be missed.

Kulluminatii
10-08-2011, 11:30 AM
Holy crap...I always joked around about the old man outliving us all...

Didn't expect to wake up to this news anytime soon. Its kind of strange, as much as I hated how involved he was with the team over this past decade...its weird to think of a situation where he wouldn't be there. As much as I despised Al Davis at times, I really wanted him to see the Raiders win at least another SB.


R.I.P. Mr. Davis.

Señor Stan
10-08-2011, 11:30 AM
Whoa...Al was a true pioneer. Condolances to Raider Nation.

Cerberus
10-08-2011, 11:39 AM
I am now looking for a ticket to the game. I feel I must go now. Have an option on a single-ticket in section 123. All my Raider buds can't go, so that sucks.

IDEXAN
10-08-2011, 11:39 AM
You know the Raiders coaching staff will play this for all it's worth in tomorrows game, so I really don't like the timing of this contest from the Texans perspective. And the PA at the game will probably even have to make an announcment prior to KO about Davis's passing.
Re Davis the man, well he's definitely one of those unusual people who really fits the old cliche about throwing the mold away after they created him. One of a kind, and a very important and influential person in the history of the league.

Cerberus
10-08-2011, 11:41 AM
You know the Raiders coaching staff will play this for all it's worth in tomorrows game, so I really don't like the timing of this contest from the Texans perspective. And the PA at the game will probably even have to make an announcment prior to KO about Davis's passing.
Re Davis the man, well he's definitely one of those unusual people who really fits the old cliche about throwing the mold away after they created him. One of a kind, and a very important and influential person in the history of the league.

I suspect there will be a moment of silence in remembrance of an NFL icon.

drunkcookie
10-08-2011, 11:43 AM
A polarizing figure he was... I loved it, he was his own man... are eye pee, Davis...

Vinny
10-08-2011, 11:53 AM
His Raider silver and black brand was genius marketing and globally recognized. A true maverick of the game.

steelbtexan
10-08-2011, 11:53 AM
RIP to a legend

^^^^
This

Until the last decade he was one of the best talent evaluators that has ever lived. A true visionary he was ruthless in the boardroom and would do everything humanly possible to win. Wish we had an owner like that.

I like the way he was a dissenting figure among the owners/league. He always gave the commissioners what they deserved. My only thing bad to say about Al is his will to win extended among the field and into the courtroom.

Al was directly responsible for franchises being able to move/hold cities hostage and demand public financing for stadiums. He and Jerrah (PSL's) really put it to the fanbase. This was just a part of Al's true genius/visionary.

RIP Al Davis.

chicagotexan2
10-08-2011, 11:56 AM
Now matter how poorl the team played over the last decade he was a real giant and influence. He did a lot of great things for this league and I'm greatful for his contributions to my beloved NFL. Thanks mr Davis.

Wolf
10-08-2011, 11:59 AM
R.I.P. Al

ObsiWan
10-08-2011, 12:02 PM
RIP Al!!! You were a crazy, zany whacko sumbitch and I thank you for that!! You kept the game fun!! Again, RIP Al... You will be missed.

Couldn't have said it better myself.
Al's brand of football was fun to watch and the wild characters he brought together and made play as a team may never be seen again.

The league may never see your like again.

R.I.P. Keep swashbuckling, wherever you are.
:pirate:

cc_me
10-08-2011, 12:07 PM
Thanks for the nice comments.Today I am sad. May Al rest in peace.

GlassHalfFull
10-08-2011, 12:12 PM
RIP Mr. Davis.

He has been a huge part of the NFL landscape. I know the last decade or so has been tough for the Raider fans, but he truly was an icon of the game.

It is time to remember the good times.

Mr. Texan
10-08-2011, 12:49 PM
damn, rip al

sixfour
10-08-2011, 12:54 PM
Life long Raider fan here.

RIP

Chronic
10-08-2011, 12:56 PM
1st owner to hire a black coach

1st owner to hire a hispanic coach

1st owner to hire a female CEO

Man saw no color

Norg
10-08-2011, 01:00 PM
You know the Raiders coaching staff will play this for all it's worth in tomorrows game, so I really don't like the timing of this contest from the Texans perspective. And the PA at the game will probably even have to make an announcment prior to KO about Davis's passing.
Re Davis the man, well he's definitely one of those unusual people who really fits the old cliche about throwing the mold away after they created him. One of a kind, and a very important and influential person in the history of the league.

thats what worries me teh Raiders are going to play with some extra passion this game we might be heading into a Loss : (

b0ng
10-08-2011, 01:01 PM
In football, I root for the Oakland Raiders, because they hire castoffs, outlaws, malcontents and **** ups. They have lots of penalties, fights, and paybacks, and because Al Davis told the rest of the pig NFL owners to go get ****ed. Someday, the Raiders will be strong again and they will dip the ball in shit and shove it down the throats of the wholesome, shitty, heartland teams that pray together and don't deliver late hits.

--George Carlin

powerfuldragon
10-08-2011, 01:06 PM
and here i was thinking he was some kinda immortal, RIP mr. davis.

unclejamima
10-08-2011, 01:29 PM
Shakin my head here. What looked to be a solid W now looms to be an all-out win one for the gipper game. I know he couldnt help it, but dammit Al, RIGHT before the Texans game? Couldnt you have hooked up the Pats last week? Hope you like lookin at dirt from the bottom up, quack.

The Pencil Neck
10-08-2011, 01:33 PM
Condolences to the Raider Nation.

I've been a big Raider fan over the years. When I as a kid, Jim Otto was my idol.

Always had nothing but respect for Al, even though he got a bit weird near the end. The man was a pioneer and a visionary.

A sad, sad day.

RIP, Al.

rmartin65
10-08-2011, 01:35 PM
RIP Al. Dude kinda lost his marbles after a while, but there is no denying his impact on the game.

NitroGSXR
10-08-2011, 01:38 PM
Truly an icon in every sense just like Bud. I'm glad to have lived and seen Al operate. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about Bud.

RIP.

TexanSam
10-08-2011, 01:40 PM
Rip.

Hervoyel
10-08-2011, 01:44 PM
First, RIP Al Davis. I was not a fan but it's impossible not to recognize what he did for football and all that he accomplished. Some people the game passes by and they step aside or step down. Others, like Al Davis have the stones to look you square in the eye and say "Screw you, I'll step aside when I damn well please. I've earned that". He'd be right too. He did earn it. Like everyone said the last ten years with the Raiders weren't pretty but that's the other side of the coin. The same qualities that made him so formidable as an owner worked against him towards the end. It happens.

Second, from a Texans perspective this is the kind of emotional event that makes a team like the Raiders rise up and lash out. I'm trying not to believe this but I have the sinking feeling we're gonna lose Sunday. Before I thought this was going to be a close win. Now I think it either becomes a tough loss or a cakewalk, depending on how the Raiders take the news.

TimeKiller
10-08-2011, 01:46 PM
R.I.P.

:pirate:

kiwitexansfan
10-08-2011, 01:47 PM
After reading what seems like 999,999 Al Davis has been dead for years jokes, it's strange to actually read he is dead.

Bad week for visionaries.

Cerberus
10-08-2011, 02:06 PM
If I may, this sums it up perfectly:

This is why a Raider fan appreciates Al Davis.
*He's the only owner in football, who is a former scout, assistant coach, head coach, and commissioner in the NFL. Seriously, you'd rather have a business man (McCombs, Glazers, Jones) that know nothing about the sport than a guy who has made the NFL his life.
*NFL-record 8 players have chosen Al Davis to introduce him into the Hall-of-Fame
(Lance Alworth, Jim Otto, Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, Willie Brown, Fred Bilitnekoff, Ted Hendricks, George Blanda)
-so if Al Davis is so hated, why are these players, upon receiving the biggest individual honor of their career, asking Al Davis to induct them. Oh, and to the best of my knowledge, no other person has given that many inductions, but I'm sure you have a reason for that.
*In 1991, he become the first recipient of the National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA) Award for Excellence
-Mr. Davis was awarded this for his contributions to players on and off the field of play. And there is a huge KEY to this award. It was given to him BY THE NFL PLAYERS, it was not bestowed upon him media hack or some clueless fool like yourself.
*Mr. Davis hired the first African-American official(Dr. Aaron C. Wade).
-I don't remember too many of NFL officials in a big rush to put minorities into supreme positions. Yet another reason to hate Al Davis.
*Mr. Davis hired the first African-American league executive (Brad Pye Jr.)-see above
*Mr. Davis hired the first Hispanic Head Coach (Tom Flores)
-noticing a trend ******head
*Mr. Davis hired the first African-American Head Coach (Art Shell)
-have you finally the figured out the trend ******head
A couple of interesting other tidbits. When Willie Thomas's brother died in Texas last year during the season guess who had a private jet at the airport waiting for him to take him to his family. -yep that same hated owner.
Guess who hired a FEMALE Chief Executive Officer (Amy Trask) - that same hated owner.
I could go on and on about the good Al Davis has done for the league and the loyalty he extends to his players, but why should I explain it to an ***** like you.
I'll let others do the talking.
"My only Regret is that I played in Los Angeles so late in my career. Al Davis was very loyal and encouraging to all his players when I was there." -Lyle Alzado
"When it comes to being a gentleman, when it comes to treating their players like men, when it comes to being champions-no other team comes close...Everything stems from Al Davis, everything. He's the kind of guy you want on your side." - John Matusak
"I always tell people that I was extremely fortunate to play for three of the greatest coaches ever: Webb Ewbank, Hank Stram and Al Davis." - Cotton Davidson
"He is always for the players, so it was really easy to play for him and want to win for him." - Rod Sherman
"I still feel very close to Al Davis...It's always been like a father-son relationship." - Ray Guy
"I love the man(Al Davis). He's true to the word. I'd die for the man. I love him to death." - Mickey Marvin
"There were a number of games in those days that were going to be played in the South that I refused to play in. And he (Al Davis) canceled them. That told me what type of individual I was dealing with." - Art Powell
“I love being a Raider. I grew up liking them. My family members were BIG Raiders fans and for me, to have the opportunity to play for them is like a dream come true. I like everything about them...the Black and Silver...the fans...the commitment to excellence... Al Davis... I like everything about the Raiders!” – Tory James
Amy Trask
“Al Davis is a legend and his contribution and influence on the game of football, the National Football League, and the Oakland Raiders has been profound for decades. To view his contribution and influence on a season-by-season basis does not make sense: he has dominated the industry for a lifetime. I can't tell you how he may have impacted or guided other individuals during their careers but I can speak from personal experience: he inspires me to be better every day than I was the day before."
John Madden:
“If you need a friend, there’s no better friend than Al Davis. He’s my best friend. I’ve always said that if I even needed anything and I had one phone call, it would be to Al Davis. He can’t be denied.”
“If somebody wants a chance, Al Davis is the greatest at giving them a chance. There are a lot of people that talk about things and never do anything. Al doesn’t talk at all … He just does it.”
Carl Weathers:
“In 1976, I was casted as Apollo Creed. It was the role that changed my acting career. In 1970, I met a man who changed my life forever. That year I became a part of Al Davis’s legendary Oakland Raiders organization as a rookie linebacker.”
Jim Otto:
“Al Davis is ahead of his time in everything he does. His innovations in offense was fantastic. He’s an all-around football man.”
Tom Flores:
“Al had great vision. He could see down where the game was headed or where it should be headed.”
Brad Pye, Jr., Former AFL administrative assistant, first African-American administrator in football
“A lot of people think of Al Davis as a maverick. He’s also a maverick in opening up opportunities for minorities.”
Dr. Aaron C. Wade, former AFL official, first African-American official
“I’d say he’s a trailblazer. He had no color barrier.”
Willie Lanier:
“Hiring (minority) coaches, players, this is something he did over the years. This is not something new where he came to some politically correctness in the 1990s.”
Denny Greene:
“I think Al Davis opened up the game up. I think he opened the game up for the African- American athlete.”
Willie Brown:
“He’s a pioneer, in terms of getting black players to play and letting them be the best they can be.”
Bernie Custis, Black quarterback and teammate of Al Davis at Syracuse University, 1948-50:
“I came to know Al as someone that lived by a certain code and this code was to judge everybody by their content of their character and capabilities and nothing else. That’s the code that I detected at the time and I think it’s stayed with him throughout the years.”
Gene Upshaw:
It was Sid Gilman and Al Davis who said here’s an opportunity to give these people (black players) a chance to play.”
George Atkinson:
“Al found a ton of good players in the black schools.”
Eddie Robinson:
“Al’s word was important. If he’s tell you something, this is it.”
Lance Alworth:
“It’s hard to think he did it to help blacks. He was looking to give a guy an opportunity whether he was black or white.”
Al LoCasale:
“Al has always said the golden rule is not good enough. That is, ‘Don’t treat people the way you would like to be treated, treat people how they want to be treated.’”
Mike Haynes:
“He’s a very passionate guy. He believes if you’re good to him then he’ll be good to you. I think players like the idea of being loyal to be something.”
Jim Plunkett: I think the world of Mr. Davis. He's been good for the league and the players. He's been great to me. I know the feeling is mutual. The style of play suited me with the long pass. We made it work together. It was a lot of fun.
Amy Trask
"The Raiders were about giving people second chances," she said. "They were about giving chances to people the mainstream wouldn't give a chance. They had a willingness to look beyond the color of someone's skin, reputation, and beyond someone's past."
"I see a willingness to do things the Raiders' way, not the way society dictates," she said. "Look at what Al Davis has done. He hired the first Hispanic head coach (Tom Flores), the first black head coach (Art Shell), and now me. It's not a coincidence. People in sports talk a lot about inclusiveness and giving people opportunities. While they talk, I only see one person doing it. Al is the last person on Earth who'd do this for a pat on the back. A pat on the back would annoy him. He does it for the right reasons."

"He is the smartest man I ever met."
- Bill Parcells about Raiders Owner Al Davis
Jack Tatum: I personally like Al Davis a lot. He's a great owner and he's great to play for as long as you play hard. The reason why I like Al is because he's dedicated to winning. He's a football guy.
Chuck Bresnahan: Before I came here, there was always the rumors of the "Al Davis Factor". Since becoming a Raider two years ago, I have nothing but the utmost respect for Mr. Davis. He's only owner in the league that truly has an understanding of a coach's position. And that's a real benefit to us.
Jeremy Brigham: Big Al is a stud. He really cares about his players. Al Davis is a good man. Aside from what the media thinks. I wish everyone had a chance to meet him face to face and see what he is really like.
Greg Biekert: I've enjoyed the relationship that I have with him (Al Davis). He's been very good to me as a person and as a player on the team. I've really enjoyed being with the Raiders and his organization.
Marcus Ray: I like Mr. Davis a lot. I respect him. He's just a straight forward guy and he tells it like it is. He understands what you want and you must understand what he wants. We have a good relationship.
Ronnie Lott: I think that Mr. Davis is one of the fathers of the game of football. Think of what he did for the AFL and build it to what it is. How he talked about the long ball and brought a certain toughness to the NFL, the Silver and Black and what it represents. You have to look back and think about all of the men who gave everything for the sport of football and you have to mention him as one of the pioneers of the game.
Otis Sistrunk: I think no offense to ESPN or anybody else, you don't know Al Davis like the players do. The media gets it wrong a lot. Most of his playes looked up to him.
Leo Araguz
“It’s more of a personal thing to where you come in and you have respect for let’s say the tradition of the Raiders. You go to San Diego, which they had some tradition but not as intense as the Raiders. First of all our Raider fans, I’ve seen fans all through college, the World League and other teams that we play against and it’s amazing how our fans are, the intensity of our fans. It just gives you a totally different outlook for the team you play for, more so ever it’s a sense of pride to be able to be affiliated with a team like the Raiders and say your part of them, the family. Mr. Davis, do you know how much he has done for the NFL. He stands there on the sidelines shaking your hand and wishing you good luck, do you know how many guys would like to have that opportunity?”
"I'm very excited . Who doesn't want to be a Raider? If you talk to 90 percent of the guys in the college ranks and in pro football, everybody wants to be a Raider. Coming out of college (Nebraska in 1984), they were one of the teams I wanted to play for. Who wouldn't want to wear the silver and black?" – Irving Fryar
“These are the greatest fans. These people will follow you to Alaska if they have to. It got so loud, my helmet was rumbling. It just feels good to have that type of support, faces painted and everything else. All the negative stuff that's said about our fans, they can wash that out. We have fanatic fans, loyal fans."
Tyrone Wheatley
"He was one of the great coaches I have ever observed ... a truly great coach," "Had he chosen to remain in coaching, he would
be considered one of the great coaches of all time."
-former Davis employee Bill Walsh
"I work for a man who is gender-blind, he's color-blind, age-blind," "He walks the walk of equality of opportunity. In this organization, your race, your gender and your age are irrelevant. Either you are a Raider or you are not." - Amy Trask
"Tradition is not a word but a style to him. He really believes once a Raider, always a Raider. Once a guy has played for us, whatever he needs, we do our best for him. But he does this quietly, not looking for publicity." - Al LoCasale
"When I was released last week I made a call. It was to Al Davis. I left a message with his secretary for him to call me back. He didn't call me back but his secretary called me back and she said, 'Al thinks you would look good in silver and black.' I called her back again and said, 'let him know that I would do anything to be a Raider and I want to help him win another Super Bowl' He called me later that night, we talked for about a half hour. I got off the phone thinking, this guy's a football guy. This guy truly cares about his players and I'm excited at the opportunity to go out there and see what this organization is about and to possibly be a part of it.'' - Bill Romanowski
“It was a great honor to come out and talk with Mr. (Al) Davis. I spent time with Bruce Allen and Amy (Trask) ... there are always experiences that make you a better coach and give you a better insight either to yourself or your profession, and that was certainly one of them." - Bill Belichick
GOD BLESS AL DAVIS!

Hervoyel
10-08-2011, 02:20 PM
If I may, this sums it up perfectly:

Not sure of the context (no link) but that was a good read. It would have been better if the writer hadn't spent half the article calling the reader a "****head".

Showtime100
10-08-2011, 02:26 PM
What everybody else said +1.

Right now up there Pete Rozelle is trying to change the locks on the Pearly Gates.

Rest In Peace, Al Davis.

badboy
10-08-2011, 02:44 PM
I really liked his first 50 years in footbal, it was the last 50 years that had me scratching my head. He liked speed as much as I do. A long slow salute to an NFL icon. RIP.

srrono
10-08-2011, 02:54 PM
As much as he loved speed, He is going to have the fastest 40 time in heaven. RIP AL

Thorn
10-08-2011, 04:55 PM
RIP Mr. Davis. Your impact on pro football will be very long lasting.

HOU-TEX
10-08-2011, 04:57 PM
RIP Weird Al. The man who did it all in the NFL.

Like Herv said, this unfortunate passing of weird Al has me expecting a loss to Avery emotional Raiders team.

disaacks3
10-08-2011, 05:01 PM
RIP Al. Whatever you may mean to today's fans, the NFL wouldn't be where it is today without your assitance. Sad day for the league.

gary
10-08-2011, 05:07 PM
RIP Al you are going to be greatly missed.

Lucky
10-08-2011, 08:02 PM
Al Davis was one of the most important figures in developing what the NFL has become. If there were a NFL Mount Rushmore, Davis would be on it. Probably in the Abe Lincoln spot on the side, slyly grinning at the others.

Thanks for everything, Al.

brakos82
10-08-2011, 09:54 PM
RIP Al Davis (1929 BC - 2011 AD)

GP
10-09-2011, 12:37 AM
This year's top college WR is sleeping a bit better all of a sudden.

:notgoingtotheraiders

stingray
10-09-2011, 12:53 AM
This year's top college WR is sleeping a bit better all of a sudden.

:notgoingtotheraiders

But the reciever from a Division II school who hasn't really done much but can run a 4.30 flat just missed out on being drafted in the first round.

RIP Mr. Davis you were really a pioneer and you were instrumental in making this sport the most popular sport in America!!!

Vinny
10-09-2011, 01:45 AM
What I remember is Davis, at the tail end of another losing season, thundering one last time about life, death and defeat.

It was near the end of the 2006 season–four years after the Raiders’ last Super Bowl appearance–as Art Shell’s team wheezed and groaned, the Raiders mourned long-time employee “Run Run” Jones, and Bill Walsh fought cancer.

The Raiders lost again that day, then Davis came out to speak about mortality, and he sounded like a philosopher potentate. A wacky one, but still one worth listening to. Still with a flicker of light in his eyes.

He didn’t look sick, just sad. He didn’t sound crazy, just angry.

When Davis spoke like that, there was nobody in the world who was ever as fascinating. And I think this was the last time he ever spoke like that in public.

“I’ve lost a lot of friends,” Davis said. “I’ve lost Red Auerbach, Lamar Hunt… There’s my friend across the bay, who I love, Bill Walsh. I worry about him.

“There’s Run-Run… After a while, you run out of tears. But life goes on. The Raiders go on. We’ve got to get out of this.”

This is where, again in retrospect, I believe Davis was close to realizing that his franchise wasn’t what it used to be mostly because he wasn’t what he used to be.

I think he almost realized that. I asked him then: Do you have to change the way you’re doing things, and have always done things, in order to win again?

“You seem to know what I like-what do I like?” Davis said.

Quarterbacks who throw deep and fast wide receivers, right?

“Did we throw the ball deep with (Rich) Gannon?” Davis said. “Did we throw the ball deep with (Ken) Stabler? We threw the ball deep with (Jim) Plunkett and won two Super Bowls.

“What I say to you is: five decades, five Super Bowls, four head coaches, four different quarterbacks. http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2011/10/08/al-davis-was-always-bigger-than-life-even-as-he-stared-at-his-own-mortality/

DexmanC
10-09-2011, 08:39 AM
Say what you want to about Al Davis, but you rarely see ex-Raiders
have anything negative to say. Charles Woodson even said he wanted
to be a Raider for life. The Texans had better play with discipline and
composure, because those Raiders LOVE Al Davis.

I've never seen anything like it.

Cerberus
10-09-2011, 09:21 AM
Say what you want to about Al Davis, but you rarely see ex-Raiders
have anything negative to say. Charles Woodson even said he wanted
to be a Raider for life. The Texans had better play with discipline and
composure, because those Raiders LOVE Al Davis.

I've never seen anything like it.

Davis was a unique owner in that he essentially had a following unlike any owner of any other sports team. The Raiders were a reflection of Al Davis, so most fans grew to love the man as they grew to love the team, which is why so many fans were shedding tears yesterday. It is hard to explain, unless you are a Raider fan; it is like being part of a giant family.

Hookem Horns
10-10-2011, 01:31 AM
It's interesting how some of these old AFL pioneer guys get so much respect from the NFL, like Lamar Hunt and Al Davis. Yet Bud Adams has very little respect and gets little mention when it comes to the history of the AFL. Wasn't the AFL partly Adams' idea? I thought him and Hunt started the whole thing. I really wonder how the league is going to respond when Bud passes since he is not popular amongst his peers. Will they do a moment of silence for him around the NFL like they did Davis today? Would they dare do a moment of silence for him at a Texans game? Will you personally remain silent if you are there?

BTW, speaking of Al Davis until today (after quickly reading his history) I always thought he was the founder of the Raiders and one of the founders of the AFL. It's pretty interesting how he became the owner after having coached the team.