Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis dead at age 82

Posted by Andy Durham on October 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm under Professional | Comments are off for this article

OAKLAND, Calif. — Al Davis, the Hall of Fame owner of the Oakland Raiders known for his rebellious spirit, has died.

The team announced his death at age 82 on Saturday. It was not immediately clear when and where he died.

It was Davis’ willingness to buck the establishment that helped turn the NFL into THE establishment in sports — the most successful sports league in American history.

Davis was charming, cantankerous and compassionate — a man who when his wife suffered a serious heart attack in the 1970s moved into her hospital room. But he was best known as a rebel, a man who established a team whose silver-and-black colors and pirate logo symbolized his attitude toward authority, both on the field and off.

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