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“From the earliest days of the AFL, Al’s love for the game and fierce loyalty to his franchise contributed to the success and popularity of pro football. His competitive spirit helped develop the great rivalry our team and fans enjoy today with the Oakland Raiders. His contributions to the game played an important role in building the strong foundation the NFL enjoys today.” _ Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt.

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Mr. Davis is a titan and pillar of the game. I had the pleasure and honor to know him and to work for him. And to me, he is the greatest. The autumn wind will always be a Raider.” _ San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

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Al was a fiery individualist, an important part of pro football _ the AFL and NFL _ for almost 50 years. His teams had times of great success, and he was heavily involved both on and off the field. I admired the achievements the Raiders attained under Al.” _ Cincinnati Bengals owner and president Mike Brown.

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“While I am saddened by the news of Mr. Davis‘ passing, I will forever be heartened and enriched by the many personal interactions I had with him over the years. His winning, his football knowledge, his passion for his team and contributions to the league made him one of the all-time greats. By striving for the highest level of excellence with our respective teams and the game itself, we will be honoring the memory of Al Davis.” _ New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

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Al was an American Football League pioneer and a legendary Hall of Fame contributor to the National Football League. He was one of the first owners to welcome me into the NFL in 1994, which was a great thrill for me personally and an introduction that I will never forget. I always admired his passion for the game and enjoyed listening to his historical account of some of the game’s most memorable moments. He had a unique style and a certain aura about him that would be hard to ever replicate.” _ Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

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“I learned a lot from Al Davis. I think I kind of became the coach I became in the league, demanding and detail-oriented, because of what I learned all that from Al.” _ Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, a former assistant coach for the Raiders.

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“This is a sad day for Raider Nation and the NFL. But it’s a day to think about all Mr. Davis did for football. He was truly one of a kind.” _ Bengals quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who played in Oakland from 2009-10.

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“During my 28 years with the Broncos, I came to know Al Davis as one of the most influential and innovative people in the history of the National Football League. … I respected Al for what he meant to the NFL. He was a visionary who defined the Raiders and had an enormous responsibility for the prosperity of this league.” _ Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.

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