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There is not likely to ever be a more famous team slogan than Al Davis’ “Just Win, Baby” for the Oakland Raiders.
For decades on end, this motto represented so much of what Davis was to not only the Raiders and their fans, but also to the game of football as a whole.
Yes, the Raiders were often known as the “Team of the Decades” and certainly enjoyed what was some significant success in the 1970s and '80s in particular. But it was about much more than that when looking back at Davis’ impact on the game.
The “Just Win, Baby” mantra also represented Davis’ focus on football and what was a resultant progressiveness in regards to important issues like diversity.
For Davis, it was about winning. If you could play, you could play. If you could coach, you could coach. Race was never an obstacle.
Al Davis was a maverick in more ways than one, and the NFL undoubtedly would not be where it is today without his lasting impact. With every reference to his most coined phrase, that should be remembered.