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Davis recalls Madden's great days as Raiders coach

Updated: February 3, 2006, 10:54 AM ET
Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- When Al Davis hired John Madden at age 32 to coach the Oakland Raiders, Davis trusted his hunch that he'd found a winning combination.

The Raiders won, all right. Madden compiled a 103-32-7 record and a 9-7 mark in the playoffs from 1969-78.

Now, the 76-year-old Oakland owner wants to do all he can to help Madden finally join the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"John Madden takes his place in the sun we hope this week," Davis said in a telephone interview ...

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