One of the more colorful characters in professional football has died at the age of 82.
Al Davis went from assistant coach of the LA Chargers, to head coach and general manager of the Raiders, to Commissioner of the American Football League and finally to principal owner and president of the general partner of The Raiders
In his 48 years with the Silver and Black, the Raiders have had 28 winning seasons, including 16 in a row from 1965 through the 1980 World Championship season. In 34 of those seasons, the Raiders earned a record of .500 or better.
While, in the last decade, Davis and his exploits were more of a punch line than anything else, there is no denying his efforts in the AFL to make sure of its legitimicy and history to the vertical passing game and his "Committment to Excellence."
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