Al Davis always had time to talk

One of the game's great innovators, he brimmed with ideas and savored information

Originally Published: October 8, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

I started covering the NFL when I was 17 and in high school, and by the mid-70s I was immersed in a special time for the sport.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, the team I covered, became four-time Super Bowl champions, but to do that they had create one of the sport's greatest rivalries. They had to beat Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders. The memories of the Immaculate Reception, the fierce on-field battles and Davis's special brand of leadership came to mind when I learned of Davis's death at the ...

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