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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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16.

nof    

The great thing about Death is that people are legally and politically forbidden -


- To say anything Bad about you.


Tomorrow night Al Michaels will be on doing his Eulogy:


"I know I said this a short time back - what I MEANT was..."

1057 days ago
17.

TMZebra    

I agree(d) with Al Michaels, but there's no doubt the impact Al Davis had on the entire game of football, let alone driving the Raiders through many great years, as well as the bad.

1057 days ago
18.

writenow    

I bet a lot of people will be surprised to see him where Ever he goes.

1057 days ago
19.

eric    

about f@#King time now they have a better chance of winning now.... If My comment offend you well you can go f@#k yourself.....
GOOOOOO raiders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1057 days ago
20.

Ghost Rider    

He was a good coach like 50 years ago, he was a good owner like 30 years ago, this is GREAT news!

1057 days ago
21.

Christine    

Rest in peace old man. Thanks for everything. ..

1057 days ago
22.

mamajj    

RIP Al.

1057 days ago
23.

who dat    

Not saying much about Davis, but the raiders stadium is an arm pit. Respectable football fans stopped attending the games because the hard core gang bangers and tat'd up fools harass everyone at the games. Not a place to enjoy the games anymore.

1057 days ago
24.

Ghost Rider    

No disrespect to Al, I love him for the Silver and Black blooded SOB he was, I just want to see the Raiders clean up there image and win again.

1057 days ago
25.

EMB    

Too bad the thug fans are still alive.

1057 days ago
26.

L.A. RAIDER FAN    

Thank you Mr.Davis for bringing foootball to L.A. and the city's only superbowl, L.A. will miss you! and we apologize for TMZ in putting a careless and stupid poll after a legend's death TMZ suck's! AL will always live on, JUST WIN BABY!!!!

1057 days ago
27.

Phreaky    

Now start the power struggle/contesting the will/fighting the estate for ownership. Ugh.

1057 days ago
28.

THEKING    

AL MICHAELS IS A PUNK, AL DAVIS IS AN ICON!

1057 days ago
29.

kristine    

im not dancing cos hes dead. im dancing cos the Raiders are now free!

1057 days ago
30.

Carl    

Al has definitely been holding the team back for 20 years now, but we have to give him credit for what he did for the team from the 60s-80s. At one time the Raiders had the highest winning percentage of any US professional sports team of ANY sport.

His problem was that he was both too controlling and to stuck in the past. The strategy that will dominate today will be outdated in a few years. It is a team's ability to adapt that keeps them on top, and Al never realized that it was time for him to step back and let people with new ideas run the show.

I mourn the loss of the man, but celebrate the new era for the Raiders that begins today.

1057 days ago
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