10/10/2011 11:41 AM
Raiders owner Al Davis dies at age 82
Posted by Will Brinson
Raiders owner Al Davis died on Saturday at the age of 82, the team announced on its website.
Davis was one of the most legendary NFL owners in the sport's history, winning three Super Bowls and five AFC Championships during his more than 40 years as part or principle owner of the Raiders franchise.
Known for his trademark phrase -- "Just win, baby!" -- Davis helped user in a new era of NFL football and, as CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote, helped make the league great.
"Al Davis's passion for football and his influence on the game were extraordinary," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "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."
Davis joined the Raiders in 1963 as head coach and general manager, and he never left, save for a brief stint as AFL Commissioner in 1966.