Raiders Release Statement on Al Davis' Death

The Raiders released the following statement Saturday following the passing of team owner Al Davis earlier in the day:

The Oakland Raiders are deeply saddened by the passing of Al Davis.

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.

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

Al Davis was a champion of diversity who maintained the courage of his convictions. His passion for the game we all love is best exemplified by his famous phrase, "COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE."

The fire that burns brightest in the Raider organization, "THE WILL TO WIN," will continue to blaze through the legacy of the great Al Davis.

Raiders fans are sharing their memories of Davis at SB Nation's Raiders blog, Silver And Black Pride.

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