Saturday, October 08, 2011

End Of An Era - R.I.P. Al Davis

Al Davis (July 4, 1929 - October 8, 2011) - Rest in Peace

Al Davis is unlike any sports figure in history. His singular, passionate focus on football has left an indelible mark and rich legacy. He was a true pioneer, legend, and titan of modern professional football.

Davis' unyielding drive to win vaulted him from an assistant coach at Adelphi College in 1950 all the way up the ladder to an owner of a $800M+ enterprise.

An end to an era brings a new chapter to Raider football. It is my sincere hope that this transition of change and uncertainty brings about an opportunity to modernize the Raiders operation and organization but keeps the spirit and essence of what Davis built the past 48 years burning brightly.

RIP, Big Al.
"I don't want to be the most respected team in the League. I want to be the most feared."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Raiders are Al and Al is the Raiders. Any success the Raiders have had has been due to his vision from the uniforms to the Super Bowl wins.

Without him I predict a slow decline into the team being just another corporate run boring franchise.

I am super sad

Florida Raider

5:19 PM  
Blogger raiderpirate said...

RIP Mr Al Davis I've always been a believer....Always will be....

9:28 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Davis created, built, and cemented the Raiders image and identity.

His contributions to the Raiders organization and the leagues growth and popularity are immeasurable. This will always be a part of his legacy.

Although the franchise will change, I expect the core essence and Davis' spirit to continue burning brightly. The Autumn wind will continue to be a Raider.

Silver and Black Forever.

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Tooz 72 said...

R.I.P. Al Davis, a great man whose contributions to the game and his team were immeasurable. He leaves a legacy of unique players with a unique spirit and a unique fan base. That said, I am all for some modernization, particularly on the business side of the franchise. Let's see how the ownership transitions -- it could be an opportune rebirth or they could go down York road like those douches on the other side of the Bay. And one small other wish -- the new ownership cleans up the stadium experience. It has become simply hideous, not a place to bring business associates, family, or females of any sort.

Let's worry about such things later. It's time to honor a great man for now.

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you maintain the tradition when the very soul of the team is gone?

Are you guys not pissed off about the fact that for the last ten years tons of people have disrespected Al and even made fun of his appearance (its in very bad taste to make fun of someone with skin cancer). Now that he is gone some of those same people are singing his praises, makes me sick. At least we know Al would have cared less.

I don't think there has been anyone in professional sports who cared about winning as much as Al. RIP


11:50 AM  

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