How Will You Remember Al Davis?

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The Oakland Raiders announced Saturday morning that team owner and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Al Davis has died. He was 82.

Here are some question for Novato fans:

Will Davis’ legacy be mostly positive or mostly negative?

What was his best attribute as a football executive?

What was his worst attribute as a football executive?

What will go down as his greatest triumph?

What will go down as his worst decision?

"Al Davis was unique — a maverick, a giant among giants, a true legend among legends, the brightest start among stars, a hero, a mentor, a friend," a statement released by the team read.

Davis, who began his pro football career in 1954 as an a player personnel assistant for the Baltimore Colts, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992 as a team and league administrator.

He worked his way up from being a personnel assistant to eventually became the owner and CEO of the Raiders. He was the only person in professional football history to have been a scout, assistant coach, head coach, general manager, commissioner and owner.

"He was an innovator, a pioneer with a deep love and passion for the game of football," the team said.

In 1963, Davis, then 33, became the Raiders' head coach and general manager. At the time, the team struggled to win barely nine games in its first three seasons. In his first year as head coach, Davis turned the team around, leading the Raiders to a 10-4 record.

The team transformation won Davis acclaim as the American Football League Coach of the Year in 1963.

Three years later, as AFL Commissioner, he quickly led the merger of that league with the National Football League before he returned to Oakland to become a managing general partner for the team.

"Al Davis' passion for football and his influence on the game were extraordinary," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "He defined the Raiders and contributed to pro football at every level."

Dean Spanos, San Diego Chargers chairman of the board, said in a statement, "The NFL and NFL fans everywhere — not just Raiders fans — owe Al Davis for helping to build the game we all love so much. He will be missed."

The Raiders, under Davis' control, won 13 division champions, one AFL championship in 1967, and three Super Bowls — XI, XV and XVIII.

"His contributions to the game are innumerable and his legacy will endure forever through generations of players, coaches, administrators and fans," the team said.

Davis sold a minority stake in the team for $150 million in 2007, but he vowed to stay active with the team until it won two more Super Bowls.

Although that wish never came true for Davis, he was remembered for his dedication by several members of the organization.

"It is because of this accomplished man and his forever love of Silver and Black (that) the fire that burned in him I will honor and will always and forever burn in me," Raiders Coach Hue Jackson said.

In a statement, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan also reflected on Davis' passing: "His passion for the sport and commitment to the team was legendary. The Raiders brought so much good will to Oakland. He will be sorely missed.”

San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh called Davis "a titan and pillar" of the game.

"To me, he is the greatest," Harbaugh said. "The autumn wind will always be a Raider."

— Bay City News Service

Born & raised October 09, 2011 at 12:32 AM
I'd rather be dead and cold, then wear red and gold. Thank you Mr. Davis. Raaaaaiderrrrrrrs!
RJM October 09, 2011 at 02:04 PM
Why would I remember Al Davis , what did he really do that was so important?
Bob Rice October 09, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Most dislike owner by hos peers in sport's history. He treated his employees very poorly which is a look into his character. I did not like his team or him. Go Noners!
Sam Roth October 09, 2011 at 04:02 PM
In the history of pro football, Al Davis was larger than life. An icon. He was a players' owner. I hated him when he moved the Raiders to LA. But forgave him when he brought them back. I grew up in Oakland and I bleed silver and black. I will always remember Al Davis as one of the greatest football geniuses ever.
Steven Norwin October 09, 2011 at 04:06 PM
The Raiders promote violence. Why would someone be called an Icon for that?
Matt Kratoville October 09, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Rules! We don't need no damned rules! Ah the nature of Al Davis. You didn't tell him! He told you! He told you how it was going to be! That was the nature of Al Davis.
Sam Roth October 09, 2011 at 04:18 PM
The Raiders promote violence? Weren't 2 people shot at a 49er game? The Raiders play tough football, the way it was meant to be played. Maybe you should stick to ballet or something.
early whirly October 09, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Born & raised October 09, 2011 at 06:09 PM
I take it alex is a niner fan.
RJM October 09, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Or he doesn't understand English
Susan Clark October 09, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Al Davis didn't think much of his Raider fans to leave for LA. Yeah he came back but for his own selfish reasons. He bad talked his players and burned many bridges. Not a character I would trust! None the less....Rest in peace Al Davis
Susan Clark October 09, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Yes Sam, the Raiders do promote violence and bullyism!
early whirly October 09, 2011 at 08:38 PM
It never ceases to amaze me how some people in blogs like this one don't miss a chance to say something stupid related to race or language or whatever. Now some bonehead that reads "Fernandez" seems to not realize that I probably speak better English than him/her and also happen to speak ANOTHER language on top. I'm sure it was a joke and I appreciate jokes as much as anyone but it's when people DON'T realize it's a joke that the whole ethnocentric BS continues. I live in Novato and have for 19 years and 95% of the people here are great. Lets stamp out the yahoos that don't realize that there are now 12,000 Latinos living here and that they ARE NOT going away. How many languages do YOU speak R J M?
Born & raised October 09, 2011 at 10:17 PM
Maybe his real name is Alex Smith.
Herb Derpman October 09, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Or just maybe ALex DAVIS???
Novato Chess Club October 10, 2011 at 08:32 AM
As a man who gave men opportunity --God Bless Al...
RJM October 10, 2011 at 04:24 PM
It never ceases to amaze me that because someone's last name is Fernandez and they post something stupid like dxghmdsghkj and they're called on it ,it because they're Hispanic. Who cares what race you are , how many of you are here or that you speak Spanish and English. The point is your an idiot and these blogs have room for you I guess . Get over yourself and your races issues , your wrapped to tight.
Sam Roth October 10, 2011 at 06:16 PM
Susan Clark, Football is an inherently violent game. The object of the game is to tackle opppayed players. All the teams in the NFL play at the same level. If you told the Cleveland Browns that the Raiders were going to "bully" them next Sunday, they would laugh at you. Your ignorance of football is glaring.
Born & raised October 11, 2011 at 05:34 AM
Alex Fernandez changed his handle to Early Whirly. Hmmmm.


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