OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Raiders say longtime owner and Football Hall of Fame member Al Davis has died. He was 82.
Davis, one of the most important figures in NFL history, is best known as a rebel. He established a team whose silver-and-black colours and pirate logo symbolized his attitude toward authority, both on the field and off.
It was Davis's rebellious spirit, that willingness to buck the establishment, that helped turn the NFL into the establishment in sports — the most successful sports league in American history.