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Legendary Raiders Owner Al Davis Dead At 82

October 8th 2011 16:38
Multiple media outlets are reporting that legendary Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis is dead at age 82.

The cause of death was not immediately known, but the Pro Football Hall of Famer had been in failing health in recent years.

The one-time coach who went on to become the team's owner in 1976 is remembered as a powerful figure in NFL history.

Legendary Owner Dead
Al Davis

"Al Davis' passion for football and his influence on the game were extraordinary," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement tweeted by spokesman Greg Aiello. "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."

The team has won three Super Bowls under the iconic owner, who moved the team to Southern California before returning it back to its rightful home in Oakland.
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