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Raiders Owner Al Davis

Dead at 82

10/8/2011 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Al Davis, the legendary owner of the Oakland Raiders, died today at the age of 82.

The team announced his death on their website, with no further details. They did released a statement saying, "Al Davis was unique, a maverick, a giant among giants, a true legend among legends, the brightest star among stars, a hero, a mentor, a friend."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Davis "defined the Raiders and contributed to pro football at every level. The respect he commanded was evident in the way that people listened carefully every time he spoke. He is a true legend of the game whose impact and legacy will forever be part of the NFL."

Davis has been involved with the NFL for 60 years, starting off as an assistant coach with the San Diego Chargers. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1992.

Davis was famous for coining the phrases "commitment to excellence" and "Just win, baby."

The Raiders won Super Bowls XI, XV and XVIII ... but have struggled mightily the last several years.

Just a month ago, we asked broadcaster Al Michaels if the Raiders would ever win with Al Davis running things. His answer was very clear.

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1.

RonBurgundy    

Zsa Zsa is next.

1078 days ago
2.

Shane D.    

RIP

1078 days ago
3.

3Storms    

Rest in peace

1078 days ago
4.

Jay     

Can finally win a suoper bowl

1078 days ago
5.

Jay     

Test

1078 days ago
6.

me    

"More likely to win now?"....How barbaric. The man pass passed away. Show some class, geez.

1078 days ago
7.

Abe    

Al who?

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1078 days ago
8.

I am Spartacus    

RIP Al Davis from a Patriots fan. Whether you loved him or hated him he had an impact on this game that is undeniable and one of the best lines ever... JUST WIN BABY!

P.S.
Thats real insensitive to put that poll up there after he just died. Al Davis is one of the most influential owners the NFL had and helped merged the AFL & NFL. To put a poll like that this soon is wrong. But then again when has TMZ ever showed class?

1078 days ago
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AntiSocialForum.com    

RIP crazy man!

1078 days ago
10.

soulpole    

RIP Al Davis. You were a solid force in the evolution of the game we all so dearly love!

1078 days ago
11.

R8DER    

Earlier this year, Al Michaels said that the Raiders would never win a Super Bowl as long as Al Davis was still alive and running the Raiders. I'm guessing he feels a little bad for saying that now.

1078 days ago
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Chuck    

If you hated Al or not you have to respect him he changed Football in many ways. God Bless and Rest in peace Al. JUST WIN BABY!!!!!

1078 days ago
13.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

RIP Al Davis. Raiders, you know what to do!!

1078 days ago
14.

nof    

- Monday's are the best day to die.

1078 days ago
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lgwelsh1    

He truly loved his team and the fans. He gave many their first opportunity to be in the NFL, took a lot of risks and gambled on players and coaches. Some worked out, some didn't but you have to respect the man for doing it his way. RIP Mr. Davis you were a true giant.

1078 days ago
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