Raiders owner Al Davis has passed away at age 82.
The Oakland Raiders website posted a tribute with his name in large silver letters above “July 4, 1929-October 8, 2011.”
Davis was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. He was one of the NFL’s greatest innovators and contributors.
Davis is the only person to have served pro football in as a player personnel assistant, an assistant coach, a head coach, a general manager, a league commissioner and the principal owner and chief executive officer of an NFL team.
No cause of death has been released. The team is expected to issue a statement later today. Our condolences to Al Davis’ family and the entire Raiders organization.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released the following statement on the passing of Davis:
“Al Davis’s passion for football and his influence on the game were extraordinary. He defined the Raiders and contributed to pro football at every level. The respect he commanded was evident in the way that people listened carefully every time he spoke. He is a true legend of the game whose impact and legacy will forever be part of the NFL.”