The Raider Nation is in mourning following news of the death of Al Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders.
Born on 4 July 1929 in Brockton, Massachusetts, Al died 82 years later on on 8 October 2011 in Oakland, California.
Al was one of the most colourful figures in professional sport. He turned the formerly lackluster Oakland Raiders of the now defunct American Football League into one the of the most revered and reviled football teams in the United States.
Home Field Advantage
In the 1960s and 70s, the Raiders had the most formidable at home advantage of any professional sports franchise in the country, winning roughly 66% of the games they played in the Oakland Coliseum.
The Raiders didn’t always win, but they were always exciting. Many of their games – whether wins or losses – were decided in the final seconds. It was never a good idea to leave a game early.
Three Super Bowl Victories
The Raiders made their first trip to the Super Bowl in 1967, losing to the Green Bay Packers.
The Raiders won their first Super Bowl against the Minnesota Vikings (32-14) in Pasadena, California, in 1977.
They beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV in New Orleans by a decisive score of 27-10 in 1981.
They won their third Super Bowl in 1984, beating the Washington Redskins by a score of 38-9.
Al broke many hearts when he moved the Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1982. He moved the team back to Oakland 13 years later in 1995.
May he rest in peace.