A Closer Look at the Raiders’ Al Davis

June 12, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For nearly 50 years, Al Davis has been calling the shots for the Raiders organization. He has been bashed in the media for his "Just win, baby!" style and aggressive decision-making.
However, it's for those exact reasons that he is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and has brought home three Lombardi trophies to the Raiders fans.
In 1963, Al Davis became not only the Raiders head coach, but also its general manager, making him the youngest person ever to hold both positions. That year as a rookie coach, Davis turned a 1-13 team into a 10-4 team, and also won him the AFL's Coach of the Year Award.
Al Davis was born in Brockton, Mass., July 4, 1929, but grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended Syracuse University where he earned a degree in English.
He began his coaching career at Adelphi College in 1950, and only stayed there for one year, before coaching the U.S Army team from 1952-53.
From 1957-59, Davis worked as a line coach at USC. Davis' first professional c...

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