Al Davis

Al Davis: Just Win, Baby

The Oakland Raiders owner was a three-time Super Bowl winner and American icon.
<p> The Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis (July 4, 1929 - Oct. 8, 2011) was a three-time Super Bowl winner, NFL visionary and American icon.</p>
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by Nathan Rush

Al Davis was born in Plymouth County, Mass., on the Fourth of July in 1929, just three months before the start of the Great Depression. From that day until his passing on Saturday, Oct. 8 of this year, Davis was the personification of the American dream — fighting his way to the top through hard work, savvy business moves and an unwavering belief in himself and the team he assembled.

Oakland Raiders 2011 NFL Team Preview

An in-depth look at the Raiders' offense, defense and special teams this year.
<p> An in-depth look at the Oakland Raiders' offense, defense and special teams in 2011.</p>

The Raiders snapped their string of seven straight seasons with 11 or more losses last year and finished 8–8, sweeping the AFC West and avoiding a losing record for the first time since reaching the Super Bowl in 2002. But they didn’t make the playoffs, and that failure along with some off-field controversies cost coach Tom Cable his job.