John Madden Remembers Al Davis

Al Davis, legendary Raiders owner, has passed away at the age of 82, the Raiders confirmed.

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PHOTO: Raiders Honor Al Davis With Helmet Decal

Via the Oakland Raiders' official Twitter, the team is honoring the memory of late owner Al Davis Sunday with an "Al" sticker surrounded by the iconic Raiders shield. Davis died Saturday at 82 and the cause of his death is unknown, but his legacy will surely live on with the Raiders, a team he was a part of since 1963 as coach, general manager and owner.

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Roger Goodell On Al Davis' Death: 'He Defined The Raiders'

The Oakland Raiders have confirmed that legendary owner Al Davis has passed away at the age of 82. Though his health was clearly in decline in recent years, it's still a shock to think of the Raiders and not have Al Davis in the picture. 

Already the pro football world is offering their condolences to Raider Nation, including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who released a statement on Davis' death.
Al Davis's passion for football and his influence on the game were extraordinary. He 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.
You'll be hearing the word "legend" quite a bit when talking about the death of Davis. He went from personal assistant to scout to head coach to AFL commissioner to team owner. He was one of the driving forces of merging the AFL and NFL and he had so many contributions to the game that he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

The world lost a football legend today. Raiders fans are sharing their memories at SB Nation's Silver and Black Pride
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Al Davis' Son Will Inherit Control Of Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have confirmed that legendary owner Al Davis has died at age 82. He's one of the most unique and memorable characters pro football has ever seen and his impact on the game cannot fully be put into words. We may not even have just one league if Davis weren't instrumental in merging the AFL and NFL in the 1960s.

Now that the news of his death is settling in the next logical question is who assumes control of the Raiders. Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News notes that Davis' son, Mark Davis, inherits control of the franchise.

The next question after that is whether Mark Davis will run it in a similar manner as Al Davis did, without hiring a GM. Davis was still involved in many of the personnel decisions made by the franchise and just this week Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said (only sort of jokingly) that Davis was the team's defensive coordinator because he was so involved with the coaching staff.

Head over to SB Nation's Silver and Black Pride where Raiders fans are grieving the loss of one of the game's greats. 

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