A maverick throughout his career, Davis was hired in 1963 as coach and general manager of the Raiders of the American Football League. At 33, he was the youngest man in pro football to hold both titles. Three years later, he reluctantly agreed to serve as commissioner of the American Football League, which would merge with the NFL in 1970. In 1972, he made a bold move that gave him complete control of the Raiders franchise and would give him majority ownership by 1976.
Davis returned the Raiders to Oakland in the mid-1990s. The team made it back to the NFL title game in January 2003, losing to Tampa Bay 48-21, in Super Bowl XXXVII, but the Raiders have not returned since.
Home, sweet, Irwindale?
In one of the stranger times during his Raiders tenture, Davis announced a stadium deal with the small Southern California city of Irwindale in 1987. It was never built and Davis soon uprooted his team once again.
He loves LA
Davis shook the NFL when he moved his Raiders south to Los Angeles in the early 1980s to play in the Coliseum. However, he never received what he wanted most from the city — a new stadium.
Never content to sit in the owner's suite, Davis preferred to be among his players, who knew they were being watched with a critical eye.
Flash and dash
Al was known just as much for his flamboyant outfits as he was for his brash personality. Shirts and ties were never this man's thing.
Super Bowl win No. 3
Davis was in Tampa in January 1984 to receive the Vince Lombardi Trophy from then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle for winning Super Bowl XVIII. The relationship between Davis and Rozelle was a rocky one, as the two often butted heads over various issues.
Super Bowl win No. 2
Success! Al Davis and Tom Flores took the Raiders to two Super Bowl titles: The first came in Super Bowl XV when Oakland defeated Philadelphia 27-10; the second came in Super Bowl XVIII when the team, then in Los Angeles, beat Washington 38-9. The Raiders played in Super Bowl II, losing to Green Bay 33-14, then won their first NFL title, 32-14 over Minnesota, in Super Bowl XI.
Super Bowl win No. 1
With John Madden as the team's head coach, the Raiders won it all in Super Bowl XI, downing the Vikings 32-14. It was a sense of sweet relief after coming so close but falling short of the championship game.
Davis was named the AFL's commissioner in 1966 and started signing many of the NFL's big names. He lasted only a few months on the job because the other league owners secretly brokered a deal to merge with the NFL, which Davis was strenuously opposed to. After resigning, he returned to the Raiders and bought a 10 percent stake in the team. The players and coaches he helped put together went on to win the 1967 AFL Championship, but lost Super Bowl II to the Green Bay Packers.
On the job
The 33-year-old Davis became the youngest man in professional football history to be be named coach and general manager. He spent three seasons on the sidelines for the Raiders, guiding the team to a 23-16-3 record during that time. His deep knowledge of the game was on full display.
Man in charge
Davis took over as coach and general manager of the Raiders in 1963 and immediately guided the team to a 10-4 record. Always the visionary, Davis installed an agressive offense and was named the AFL's Coach of the Year that season.
Before coming to the Raiders, Davis (seated) learned as an assistant under Los Angeles Chargers coach Sid Gillman (left) and from talking with heavy hitters such as Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams.