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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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48 COMMENTS

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31.

R8der    

F*** Al Michaels.He knows nothing about football.He sits there & asks questions of those that do.He can go to hell.His opinion doesn't matter.

921 days ago
32.

Kaffee    

Rest in peace, Mr. Davis. Hope your family doesn't see that irresponsible, dumb, stupid, crass TMZ vote box.

921 days ago
33.

John Basedow    

That poll is pretty disgusting. Show some respect TMZ idiots.

921 days ago
34.

Bwahaha    

I find it funny that anyone who actually reads TMZ would be so offended about anything put on here...if they are so sensitive they have got like thousands of other news options...go read the Wall Street Journal, BBC, or Reuters...just sayin...

Keep bringing it TMZ!

921 days ago
35.

Throwback kid    

Love him or hate him he was the Raiders.

"The other teams quarterback must go down and he must go down hard" Al Davis

921 days ago
36.

raiderfaithful82    

I admit being a big raider fan I always said Al Davis needed to step down in controlling the team. Regardless if the raiders won or lost being in his control or not is not the point. The point is Al is someone's husband, brother, son, and father. My heart goes out to his family and friends. May you Rest In Peace Al.

921 days ago
37.

thatoneguy    

FINALLY! *dances a jig*

921 days ago
38.

Rando1017    

Too bad he died but the 28% that voted the Raiders WEREN'T more likely to win now don't know squat about football. And Goodell's comment about the respect he commanded may have been true decades ago, but the last 10 years the guy was a joke in the NFL.

921 days ago
39.

dd    

Al was an original gangster..loved those Raiders

921 days ago
40.

scott    

RIP... You are truely a legend, regardless of what anyone has to say. You were bold/brave enough to be yourself, and not let outside influences get to you. You have rings to prove that you did your job well, no one can take that away from you! RIP BIG AL

920 days ago
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L.A. RAIDER FAN    

tmz sucks! for putting that al davis poll respect a legend!!!

914 days ago
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