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NFL Pioneer Al Davis Dies at 82

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis passed away at the age of 82 at his home in Oakland, California on Saturday morning.

Davis was one of the pioneers of the NFL and undoubtedly one of the games most storied legends.

Back in 1966, Davis forever changed the game by merging the American Football League (AFL) – where he was the commissioner — with the National Football League (NFL).

The Raiders official website revealed that Davis set “a standard that no one in the history of professional football can match for winning and excellence”. The team has honored Davis with a special video tribute that can be seen on Raiders.com.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released the following statement via Twitter:

“Al Davis’s passion for football and his influence on the game were extraordinary,” Goodell said.

“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.”

Davis was a football genius, but also a man of tremendous principle. He will truly be missed by the entirety of Raider Nation. Coach, pioneer, commissioner, and owner, may he rest in peace.

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