Al Davis (and AFL): Something different

Updated: October 9, 2011, 7:44 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

"Al Davis Passes" isn't a headline, it was his playbook.

This is not biography. Neither is it history nor eulogy nor expert summing up of X's and O's. This is just a sketch of how Al Davis and those pass-happy Wild West AFL days of the 1960s seemed to me as a little kid.

It's hard to remember now, but back then the NFL and the AFL were as different in type and kind as any two things could be. And not just different, but at war over their differences. At war, we were ...

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