Al Davis Dead: Will Raiders Find Inspiration in Legendary Owner's Passing?

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 8, 2011

ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 18:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis speaks during a press conference on January 18, 2011 in Alameda, California. Hue Jackson was introduced as the new coach of the Oakland Raiders, replacing the fired Tom Cable.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Al Davis is one of the most recognizable owners in sports. The Raiders and the NFL lost a very special man today.

The Raiders family said that they will release a statement later today, but words even from the organization and his real family cannot express the unique man.

Al Davis feuded with anyone you can think of, but he always did it for one reason the betterment of the franchise that he put his heart and soul into.

Will Al Davis’ passing inspire the Oakland Raiders the rest of this season?

There will be a lot of emotion for the legendary owner, as they will want to give their heart and soul to the silver and black as a tribute to their late and great owner.

The Raiders stand with a 2-2 record, but one of their wins was against a strong New York Jets team. This shows the capability of this season’s squad.

The Raiders’ Darren McFadden will need to play on the same level that he has all season. He has set the bar high and he will have to play as high if not higher, if the Raiders are going to be able to obtain a playoff berth.

Al Davis was proud of Darren McFadden when the Raiders picked him. He stood up to critics who believed they had much bigger holes to fill.

Another player that Al Davis took a chance on was Jason Campbell.

He brought Campbell over from the Redskins where his career looked like it was hitting a wall.

He gave Campbell new life playing with the Raiders, and Campbell has looked like a new player in his second full season in Oakland.

All of the Raiders will come together and play inspired after Al Davis' passing. Campbell and McFadden will have to lead the Raiders and be the teams' inspiration on the field so that they can pay proper tribute to Davis.