The Oakland Raiders announced today that owner Al Davis has passed away at the age of 82. The team said they will have a full statement later on Saturday.
Like most non-Raider fans, we’ve had plenty of fun at the expense of Davis over the years. But there’s no denying the impact he had on the NFL.
For all the crazy coaching moves in recent history and the demand to draft nothing but track stars, it’s often forgotten that he first arrived in Oakland in 1963 when he served as their head coach and later was the commissioner of the AFL. There are also the three Super Bowls that the Raiders won under his watch and induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.
It’s safe to say that the AFC West — and the NFL as a whole — will be much less exciting with Davis no longer a part of the equation.
Now we will see how things run in Oakland with his son, Mark, running the show.