Al Davis savored his contradictions

Updated: October 9, 2011, 2:47 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

So was Al Davis the genius innovator or a guy who went through life looking for a fight? Was Davis the quietly compassionate loyalist or the garrulous offender who ate whole municipalities for lunch?

Friend or foe? Man in white or man in black?

The answer: You bet.

Even to those who knew him well, of which there were (by design) a sacred few, Davis was a difficult read. He could be maddeningly stubborn on issues that cried out for compromise, a ...

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