I want to send out my condolences to the Davis family, his friends, and all of Raider Nation at the passing of Raiders owner Al Davis, who was born right here in New England in Brockton, MA . Davis has been an icon in the NFL and part of Raider Nation since 1963. His impact on the Raiders and all of the NFL is immense. Before the 21st century, the Raiders were the most successful organization in the NFL, winning 3 Super Bowls and contending almost every other year, illustrating Davis’ “commitment to excellence.” Davis hired the first black head coach in the modern era in Art shell, the first Latino head in Tom Flores, and the first female CEO, Amy Trask. While Davis had been the butt of jokes recently directed at the Raiders, one thing that could never be denied was the fact that the NFL would not be where it is today without Al Davis.