- Posted October 9, 2011 by
Reche Canyon, California
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Just Win Baby! NFL Raiders Maverick Al Davis Dies At 82
I visited the Raiders Image Store in Moreno Valley, CA after learning of Mr Davis's death. He was 82 years old, and had been in ill health for several years.
We were big fans of the Raiders, especially back in the early 80's when they won the '82 Super Bowl. Some fans considered the Raiders Owner Al Davis the "Steve Jobs" of the NFL, he was both a visionary and a maverick.
It was Al's idea to change the uniforms to 'The Silver and Black', with the Pirate logo. He came up with many innovations that were eventually adopted by the NFL.
He was equally famous for his court battles with the NFL. He sued the League to move the team to LA in 1981, only to return the team to Oakland in 1994. He then sued the league again, claiming that he still owned the rights to the Los Angeles Market.
I spoke to several fans at the mall, it seems they either loved or hated Al Davis - there was no 'in between'. Both the Oakland and the LA fans were angry when the team was moved.
The employees working today, Mario and Gabriella, issues this statement:
The Raider Image stores, employees, and all of the Raider Nation wish to express their condolences and prayers to Mr Davis's family and friends. "The Legend will never be replaced", Mario said with a tear in his eye.
The Raider Image, LLC stores are corporate locations that are owned by the Oakland Raiders. For more info, go to raiderimage.com.
Rest in Peace Al Davis...continue the tradition...'Comitment to Excllence"...
Video Report shot with full permission, Video By CNN Ireporter Al Mealey