The death of Raiders owner Al Davis has SportsNation remembering what he did for the NFL, Raider Nation and some great AFC West rivalries. Read them and share yours below.
kenchun24 "My mom and dad both met (at a Raiders game) due to their love of the Raiders. My mom then attending Laney college and my dad stationed at the Alameda Naval Base. They passed that tradition on to me and my sister even though my dad got transferred to Seattle because of his naval obligations and my mom got her first teaching gig, they remained Raider fans for life. My family remains close to this day and we always talk about the Raiders and football no matter the highs and lows that life brings.
I just wanted to thank you Al Davis for being semi-responsible for my awesome parents meeting each other, and for having your "outlaw & renegade" Raider franchise that you built from the ground up always being something that keeps us close. Rest in peace maverick Al, rest in peace..."
mile high 64: "As sad as it is saying goodbye to this football icon, it's heartening to see the outpouring of respect and love from all over the league. Al Davis was an incredible pioneer and his ability to fuel a fierce rivalry between my Broncos and his Raiders has ultimately made the game so much better for this humble fan. A very tough day for Raider nation and the Davis family. RIP Al and thanks for all of the memories!"
JoshMontero: "Today we lost one of the most influential people in NFL History. No one will ever love the game, or be able to replicate the passion he had for the league and the Oakland Raiders organization. His class and compassion is evident for all those wise enough to look past the stereo types created by the media masses.
He will be forever missed, and his legacy will live on through all true Raiders fans. Whether fan or foe, you cannot deny his everlasting impact on the league."
joegtheog71: "My seething hate for everything Patriot just melted away for a bit as I read about Al and his exchange with Robert Kraft. I've cried on and off today as I've read the tributes from around the league but for some reason, Al planning a moment of silence for his rival owners' late wife just really hit home."