The loss of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis sent shock waves through the sports and NFL community this morning. His health was a known issue, but Davis was such an iconic figure it was almost an afterthought. As a 29-year old avid football fan, the loss of Al Davis struck me hard because he seemed like one of those figures who would always be around. He's owned the Raiders for longer than I've been alive.
What we can remember Al Davis for though, outside of his success as the owner of the Oakland Raiders, is the plethora of fantastic quotes he's left us win. Many are used well beyond the NFL.
Here's just a sample of some memorable quotes Al Davis graced us with:
- "We don't take what the defense gives us; we take whatever the hell we want."
- "You don't adjust, you just dominate."
- "The quarterback is going down ... The quarterback is going down hard."
- "Why should I talk to you? I don't know where you're from."
- "We want to win. The Raider fans deserve it. The Raider players deserve it, even my organization deserves it. You have to win and you have to win with a vision for the Super Bowl. That's our passion here."
The reaction across the scope of the NFL could be seen on Twitter, as various media personalities and former players reacted to Al Davis' passing.
Thoughts & prayers go out to the family & friends of #RaiderNation. Al Davis was a man who's impact on the #NFL will never be forgotten.
I knew Al Davis professionally and he was courteous, intelligent + a winner, did it HIS way. Bill Walsh called him his friend, good nuf 4me
Al Davis was a wild card maverick,the NFL Brando! His litigious ways against his partners did tarnish, but his visionary ways still shine RIP
I grew up a Raiders fan. My deepest sympathies to the @raiders and Davis Family. Truly a sad day for football. RIP Al Davis
The passing of Mr. Davis marks the end of an era. He helped make the game what it is today. He was willing to push back for his beliefs. RIP
Always grateful to Mr. Al Davis for giving me the opportunity to play in the NFL. A true Pioneer to our game. #RIPMrDavis
Rest in Power to The Al Davis "win baby win" . U will be missed.
Al Davis attended Sunday's game. The last few years were a testament to his will. His body said he shouldn't work. But he worked. Big-picture: This loss is incalculable. The Raiders without Al Davis? Impossible to conceive of.
Not sure if I can identify greater contributor to the game than Al Davis. Even those who battled on field, in court & in media honor him
Al Davis, the most unforgettable person I've had the pleasure of meeting in 31 years in the business, dead at 82. RIP.
Oh, how could I forget the most memorable Al Davis quote of all time?
Just win, baby.
For more on the Oakland Raiders and reaction to Al Davis, visit SB Nation's Raiders blog Silver and Black Pride.