Skip to comments.Al Davis dead at 82, Raiders' site says
Posted on 10/08/2011 7:45:13 AM PDT by John W
Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has died at 82, with the team's website posting a simple tribute with his name in large silver letters, saying "the Raider family will issue a statement later today."
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They are moving the funeral to L A.
Now there goes a REAL character! RIP, Mr. Davis.
in before the “they all die in threes, who is next?” zap
Met him at a Dolphins game back in 2000 for a corporate event...he walked into our suite at Joe Robbie Stadium...the man was quite the presence when he walked in a room...commanded a ton of attention.
With that said...expect the Raiders to now win about 15 Super Bowls in the next 30 years. Same thing will likely happen when Jerry Jones goes.
Sorry, I hope his heart was right.
A couple years ago, I told my friend (sarcastically) that the only way the Raiders can win is if Al Davis dies. He said that Al Davis already died and he just forgot to lay down.
Rest in Peace AL.
with a potential stop in Irwindale?
Well played, good sir.
Just win Baby !!!
I’m old. I feel older. I remember when the AFL began. Yep. Feeling old.
Sadder than that, losing someone who had what many so-called men of today sorely lack. Don’t think I even need to type the word.
GOOD points. He is definitely iconic, but some owners have ruined their teams and their teams will never be great until they are gone. Jones for sure and Snyder. Talk about a man who ruined a franchise ... Dan Snyder. He is concrete proof that rich doesn’t have anything to do with being smart.
Indeed, indeed, indeed,
Well you got Steve Jobs, now Al Davis.....one more to go very soon to those who say they go in 3’s
With all do respect to family and friends of the departed
Didn’t Dan Snyder make his money in marketing?
I figure he was a smart guy to make millions in the business world. But, he’s too arrogant as a football owner. Snyder was a life long Redskins fan before he bought the team, but, just because he was a fan didn’t mean he knows how to run the business end of an NFL franchise.
Now the Raisers may actually get and retain good, modern management. Al singlehandedly kept the franchise in the 1970s mode of play and kept them from winning. It used to be the winningest franchise of all professional sports, but has been largely irrelevant for the last 20 years. That said, Davis still was/is not the worst thing about the Raiders. That distinction goes to the lowlifes who sit in the stands. Raider fans are the worst class of people, and just when NorCal had been nearly rid of them, Davis moved the team back and the fans came wriggling out of the trash and filth like cockroaches.
They did win division titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and a conference championship and Super Bowl berth in 2002.
As a lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fan, I’ve always detested Davis. But, in his passing, I cannot say anything bad about him.
I wish him well in the afterlife and pray for comfort for his loved ones.
RIP, Mr. Davis.
Let's see if I understand this correctly--you are pleased because the U.S. Congress stuck their noses into private industry decisions? Furthermore, you posted this as a reply to yourself on a public thread in a conservative forum. Small blessings the duplicate thread was pulled.
Ah. Those were the days, weren’t they??
Interesting exchange on Twitter within the past hour:
Jim Irsay Al Davis was a wild card maverick,the NFL Brando!His litigious ways against his partners did tarnish,but his visionary ways still shine/RIP
Richie Field @JimIrsay Al’s litigious ways paved the way for your pops to pack up the Mayflower and head to Indy.
Yeah, that’s what I understand (made it in marketing). He’s not someone whose career I’ve followed but I think his sister was the “brains” of the Operation. But, I’m just not sure.
That just right or very wrong you are bad ROFL
Always hated the Raiders but admired Al Davis.
This is a loss to the NFL.
That was funny!
PING A ROO Bender
Silver & Black 4 Life
RIP. Fan or not Davis’ Raiders have provided tons of entertainment over the years.
Marketing for AOL I think - he had a load of stock options and cashed out at the height of the Internet bubble when AOL stock would run up to 70 and then split twice a year
Mister, I don’t know where you’re from but you sure don’t sound you’re a Raiders fan. I don’t think you know much about Raiders’ fans... or Oakland for that matter. So, I say blow-it-out-your-ass!
I disagreed with some of Al Davis’ recent decisions, particularly when he used his #1 pick for Jamarcus Russell, then stuck with him for three years when it was obvious Russell that was fat, dumb, and lazy.
But some of Al’s decisions were great: Getting Daryle Lamonica from the Buffalo Bills; Picking John Madden as a head coach in 1969; picking Tom Flores to replace Madden. One of his best decisions wasn’t obvious at the time: Getting Jim Plunkett as a backup. When Dan Pastorini was injured early in the 1980 season, Plunkett took over, and the team won two Super Bowls with Flores as the coach and Plunkett as the starting quarterback.
I got frustrated sometimes as a Raider fan, but almost everybody admits that Al Davis knew a lot about football, and helped shape the AFL/NFL into what it is today.
RIP - just win, baby...
Expect the funeral to be blacked out.
For all the people who lambaste him as having been an “interfering” owner, it’s interesting that the Raiders went to Super Bowls in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 2000s, missing only one decade. The Giants can’t say that; the Jets can’t say that; the Bucs, Bears, Vikes, Chargers, Patriot’s can’t say that (and so far, neither can the Cowboys or Packers). So it is a remarkable record, despite an often dismal performance recently.
Maybe they will bury him in a gravel pit.
Roger Williams, the piano player who made “Autumn Leaves” famous, passed away today at 87.
Gee, thanks a lot, buddy. This is me at a Raider game several years ago.
Well how nice of you to brand me a low life, guess I just don’t know who you are Mr. Importent
Sorry, but I have to disagree.
The worst lowlifes in all NFL fan-dom are the fans of the Philadelphia Eagles.
I will NEVER forget the lowlifes of Philly jeering and calling out the name of Joe Jurevicious son, just a few days after that infant son died. They are DIRT.
I’m a patriots fan, and in the lead up to last weeks game, somebody was relating the story about how crazy the Raiders fans were He said when they entered the parking lot. There was a little old lady in the wheelchair flipping the bird with both hands The other announcer said that was no little lady that was Al Davis!
Ha ha, so you’re one of THOSE people!
Spice of life, I say!
Well, I’m sure there’s a bit of a mixed feelings there because I’ve always thought it is true that Al Davis sometimes wasn’t making the best decisions, but that said His teams were always a blast to watch and have a lot of character. I absolutely enjoyed having the Raiders in the league when they had people like Kenny Stabler, Bilitnikoff and even George Blanda. Ah well, passing of an era.