Raiders' statement on Al Davis' passing

The Oakland Raiders organization that Al Davis built into football empire for much of his 48 years as owner paid tribute to him on its website by praising his stature among the NFL.

Here is a partial transcript of the text on Raiders.com:

"Al Davis was unique – a maverick, a giant among giants, a true legend among legends, the brightest star among stars, a hero, a mentor, a friend.

Al Davis was the only person in professional football history to have been a scout, assistant coach, head coach, general manager, commissioner and owner.

He was an innovator, a pioneer with a deep love and passion for the game of football. His contributions to the game are innumerable and his legacy will endure forever through generations of players, coaches, administrators and fans."

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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