Al Davis Quotes

Allen "Al" Davis (July 4, 1929 – October 8, 2011) was an American football coach and executive. He was the principal owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) for 39 years, from 1972 until his death in 2011. Prior to becoming the principal owner of the Raiders, he served as the team's head coach from 1963 to 1965 and part owner from 1966 to 1971, assuming both positions while the Raiders were part of the American Football League (AFL). He also served as the commissioner of the AFL in 1966

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Al Davis


Approximately four years ago, we were told that Jerry Rice would be a free agent and there were people who felt that he no longer could contribute.

Al Davis


Jerry Rice made the decision and we honestly tried to accommodate him the best way we can.

Al Davis


Once a Raider, always a Raider.

Al Davis


History will dictate what my legacy is. And 'maverick' is fine, because I am.

Al Davis


We would rather be feared than respected.

Al Davis


We want to win. The Raider fans deserve it. The Raider players deserve it, even my organization deserves it. You have to win and you have to win with a vision for the Super Bowl. That's our passion here.

Al Davis


Wake up, Carolee, the plane is waiting for us, we have to get to the game.

Al Davis


Why should I talk to you? I don't know where you're from.

Al Davis


The fire that burns brightest in the Raiders organization is the will to win.

Al Davis


I'm in pro football to win, to have the Raiders dominate, to have the Raiders global, and we're not going to be able to do that with a half-filled stadium.

Al Davis


A helluva athlete, the best ever to play his position in the history of the game.

Al Davis


They said you had to take what the defense gave you. No, we are going to take what we want.

Al Davis


Itâ??s not important to be consistent, itâ??s important to be right.

Al Davis


They say...the stopwatch never lies. Speed kills but absolute speed kills absolutely.

Al Davis


The greatness of the Raiders lies in their future.

Al Davis