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WVRed
10-08-2011, 10:42 AM
http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7074380/oakland-raiders-owner-al-davis-dies-82-team-website-says

RANDY IN INDY
10-08-2011, 11:18 AM
Just win, baby! RIP Al Davis.

RBA
10-08-2011, 11:23 AM
He changed the NFL that's for sure.

RedsBaron
10-08-2011, 12:51 PM
Al Davis certainly was not a sweet guy, but, in addition to being an innovator, he deserves credit for being color blind during an era when that virtue was less common. The above article mentioned that Davis hired both Art Shell and Tom Flores as coaches. According to the recent book by Peter Richmond about the John Madden Raiders "Badasses," Davis's Raiders were also the first NFL team to draft a black QB in the first round of the NFL draft, taking Eldridge Dickey in 1968.
More importantly, Davis supported AFL players in their boycott of the 1965 AFL All-Star game in January 1965 in New Orleans. Players voted to boycott the game because of the segregated conditions there and the support of Davis helped forced the game to be moved to Houston. The prior year an outraged Davis had told his black players that they didn't have to play in an exhibition game in Alabams when he discovered seating in the seating in the stadium would be segregated; that game was also moved to Houston.
"Just win baby" was one of Davis's mottos and he didn't care what color you were.

Slyder
10-08-2011, 03:42 PM
Today the flags fly at half staff for a Raiders legend. You could never question his desire to win. RIP Al, may you be at peace.

Slyder
10-08-2011, 07:37 PM
Jon Ritchie shares his experience during his time with the Raiders.

Remembering A Pioneer - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JShL6YG8_Zw)

fearofpopvol1
10-08-2011, 07:52 PM
Even though it's definitely sad that Al Davis has passed and he deserves a lot of credit for his accomplishments, I think the Raiders as a franchise will benefit from him not being involved in the football operations anymore. He was passed his prime in that respect.

westofyou
10-09-2011, 11:38 AM
Raiders fans everywhere rejoiced that the mad king was finally gone, even despite his earlier deeds

bucksfan2
10-10-2011, 09:11 AM
I am 29 so I really didn't experience the good Al Davis. Over the past decade he was a worse owner than Mike Brown. He had a revolving door of coaches, fired them, didn't pay them, and then would take the battle into the courts. He because a black eye for the NFL with his antics over the past 5 or so years. Its unfortunate that a man held in such high regard for his football acumen allowed himself to get to the point where he was largely considered a laughing stock in NFL circles. I do think its sad but a reality that many Raiders fans will feel more hopeful about there team with Al no longer calling the shots.

chellelouj12
10-13-2011, 11:52 AM
RIP AL Davis... You are really missed... Thank you for your wonderful contributions to the industry..