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Raiders Release Official Statement On Al Davis' Death

The Oakland Raiders have released an official statement on the passing of iconic and legendary owner Al Davis. Here it is, in full, from the team's official website:

"The Oakland Raiders are deeply saddened by the passing of Al Davis.

Al Davis was unique - a maverick, a giant among giants, a true legend among legends, the brightest star among stars, a hero, a mentor, a friend.

Al Davis was the only person in professional football history to have been a scout, assistant coach, head coach, general manager, commissioner and owner.

He was an innovator, a pioneer with a deep love and passion for the game of football. His contributions to the game are innumerable and his legacy will endure forever through generations of players, coaches, administrators and fans.

Al Davis was a champion of diversity who maintained the courage of his convictions. His passion for the game we all love is best exemplified by his famous phrase, "COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE."

The fire that burns brightest in the Raider organization, "THE WILL TO WIN," will continue to blaze through the legacy of the great Al Davis."

Rest in peace, Al Davis. You will be missed my many across the league and truly changed the game of football. For that, as a football fan, I thank you.

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