Al Davis was an American football executive. He was the principal owner of the Oakland Raiders.
Allen 'Al' Davis (July 4, 1929 October 8, 2011) was an American football executive. He was the principal owner of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) from 1972 to 2011. His motto for the team was 'Just win, baby.' Allen Davis was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on July 4, 1929 to a Jewish family. Louis Davis, his father, worked in a variety of trades in Massachusetts; having found some success in the garment manufacturing field, he moved to Brooklyn in 1934 with his wife Rose and two sons Jerry (born in 1925) and Allen. Louis Davis rented a sixth-floor walkup for his family off Utica Avenue, became very successful in the garment trade, and put his two sons through college before seeking a more comfortable dwelling in Brooklyn's Atlantic Beach area. Al Davis, by the accounts told of his childhood, was not close to his parents, but learned a drive to succeed from him.
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