The passing of NFL legend Al Davis sent shockwaves through the league on Saturday. Davis’ death was sudden, as there was no recent news about any type of illness or health issues and Davis was recently spotted an Oakland Raiders game.
At one point Davis was considered an NFL visionary and a man who continuously pushed the envelope with his team. He later morphed into a man who allowed the game to pass him by at times. The Raiders were doormats of the league for many years during the past decade as he went through more head coaches than Kim Kardashian does men.
But nonetheless he was great for the league, and I will stand to say that the NFL would not be the type of league that is now without one Mr. Al Davis.
He leaves behind a legacy littered with success and a firmly planted tree full of players, coaches, general managers and owners who all ate from the fruit that Davis’ tree produced.
There are so many people with deep NFL connections who have been influenced by Al Davis that this list could go on for decades. But there are only a select few who can say that they are true legends, and that’s what we’ll focus on with this list.
Here are five NFL legends greatly influenced by Al Davis.