Al Davis

October 8, 2011 by staff 

Al DavisAl Davis, Al Davis, owner of the renegade Oakland Raiders whose battles with the National Football League gave him an outlaw image comparable to silver and black dresses of the team, has died. He was 82.

The Raiders announced his death on its website, saying it would issue a statement later. While pleading with his players in the field of “Just win, baby” Davis ran some major football sideshows.

The first time they met with the NFL in the 1960s when, as curator of a heavy load of the rival American Football League, who climbed a tug of war for the best players. The two leagues merged months of his term.

As the owner of the Raiders, the team that led and loved and in 1963 the franchise moved to Oakland and Los Angeles, then back to Oakland 13 years later, in an attempt to better stage. He feuded with the NFL and with at least one star for the Raiders, Marcus Allen.

The Raiders won Super Bowls in 1976, 1980 and 1983 and 15 titles in the AFC West for a long reign as one of the best teams in the league from 1963 to 2002. More recently, they were among the worst in the league, winning 29 and losing 83 games from 2003 to 2009, before posting a 8-8 record in 2010. Oakland has a 2-2 record this season going into tomorrow’s game in Houston.

“The Passion of Al Davis for the game and its influence on the game was extraordinary,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “He defines the Raiders and contributed to professional football at all levels.”

Forbes magazine estimates the value of the franchise to 761 million in 2011, more than one team, the Jacksonville Jaguars in the league of 32 teams.

“History dictates what is my legacy,” Davis said in an interview for “Straight Outta LA”, a documentary directed by rapper Ice Cube for ESPN in 2010. “Maverick is fine, because I am. O’Rourke I’m not. But if you believe what you believe and defend their rights and sticking up for the rights of others from time to time – do it your way . Do not let culture tell you what to do. That’s being a Raider. ”

As for run of ineptitude team, said, “We fell dramatically, and it’s my fault. I am the custodian.’m The Raiders, at least her face.”

1992 Davis was inducted into the Hall of Fame, which hailed him as the only person to work in professional football as auxiliary staff, scout, assistant coach, head coach, general manager, commissioner and owner of the team. “I love the game, I love the league, I love my team,” he said at his induction ceremony.

John Madden, coach of the head from 1969 to 1978, praised Davis for doing the same intensity that was often criticized. “Al knew football from the perspective of a coach, which made it easier for me to deal with it – not harder, as some people thought,” Madden wrote.

Allen Arthur Davis was born on July 4, 1929, in Brockton, Massachusetts, the second of his two children in a Jewish family. He grew up in the city of New York in Brooklyn, where his family had moved to the work of his father as a raincoat manufacturer.

He was a reserve team in the Erasmus Hall High School and basketball was cut from the football team at Syracuse University where he earned a degree in English, according to a 1991 profile in Los Angeles Times.

Out of college, became line coach of the football team at Adelphi College in New York, then head coach of the U.S. Army team at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. For one year, 1954, staff met players from the Baltimore Colts of the NFL, and then returned to the ranks of college at The Citadel, where he introduced one of the first no-huddle offense called football for horses careers, and the University of Southern California.

“All my life, all I wanted to do was coach and lead men,” he told ESPN documentary. The Los Angeles Times reported in 1991 that Davis’s fascination with military history was reflected in a motto in every edition of the travel itinerary of the team: “Let’s go to war!”

In 1960, he moved to the professionals, recipients of training for the Chargers in Los Angeles in his first season in league football. Before the 1963 season became head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders, who had just won nine games and lost 33 of their first three years. Davis turned the team around, winning the AFL coach of the year honors after a 10-4 season.

AFL owners named him commissioner in April 1966. He pledged to fight the biggest, most established of the NFL for the best players and declared an interest in merging the two leagues.

Within months, however, the back channel negotiations between the owners of the two leagues produced a merger agreement and in January 1967, the first game between champions of the NFL and the AFL – which later became known as Super Bowl I.

Davis, “feel betrayed and made a fool” by the merger, according to biographer Mark Ribowsky, returned to the Raiders as a co-owner and general partner. The team won a place in the Super Bowl II, losing to the Green Bay Packers.

During the next two decades, Davis first a couple more skilled and then survived another to become the franchise owner of the majority and one general partner. His rise coincided with the team. The Raiders cruised through the 1976 season on the road to their first championship in Super Bowl XI win again in 1980 and 1983.

The first two championships were on the team in Oakland, while the triumph of 1983 completed the first year of the Raiders team in Los Angeles.

Davis moved the franchise, despite the objections of the other owners of NFL teams, after requesting the addition of luxury boxes at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. With the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission, the Raiders went to court to successfully challenge the NFL rule requiring teams to win the consent of the league before moving. The team and the commission also made millions of dollars in damages in an antitrust case against the league.

In 1987, after the collapse of plans for renovation of its new home in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Raiders signed an agreement with another town nearby – Baldwin Park, and agreed to provide $ 115 million for a new stadium with 65 000 to be built in 1990.

Also degenerated into disputes, and in 1990, after a public courtship another suitor, Sacramento, the Raiders announced they would return to Oakland, which also failed. The team signed a lease for 20 years to stay in Los Angeles, and promised 145 million in renovations the Coliseum in Los Angeles. These reforms were not made.

After the 1994 season, Davis gave up a final prospectus, a new stadium at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. “The owners stopped me,” he told ESPN. “To give their OK, you wanted me to take a second computer, and I would not have a second NFL team at Hollywood Park. I just wanted to be alone.” He brought the team back to Oakland, which agreed to add seats and make other improvements to its stadium.

Davis followed his own course other times as well.

In the 1987 draft, Davis used to collect the final choice Raiders Bo Jackson, despite Jackson a year earlier had rejected Soccer Major League Baseball. Courted by Davis, who offered full-time pay for part-time game, Jackson joined the Raiders after the 1987 baseball season ended and got to play until 1991.

In 1989, Davis promoted Art Shell, a former Raider star player, assistant coach to head coach, becoming the first black coach in the modern era of the NFL.

Davis never cited a reason for its long dispute with Allen, the runner who was the team’s first-round pick in 1982 and MVP of Super Bowl XVIII. In a television interview in recent months with the team in 1992, Allen said that Davis had “tried to ruin” her career.

Allen asked about the ESPN documentary, Davis would only say: “It’s a deeper story of what you dream, I was very aware of, and I just got a certain approach to life.”

Davis and his wife, Carol, had a son, Mark.

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