PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The Steelers have released a statement following the death of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.
Steelers Chairman Emeritus Dan Rooney said of Davis: “Al Davis was a good man and we were friendly rivals. He was a football man and did a lot for the game of football. I had a lot of respect for him and he will be missed throughout the entire NFL.”
Davis died in his home in Oakland on Saturday morning. He was 82.
He is best known as a rebel who established a team whose silver-and-black colors and pirate logo symbolized his attitude toward authority, both on the field and off.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Davis a “true legend.”
Goodell’s entire statement reads: “Al Davis’s passion for football and his influence on the game were extraordinary. He defined the Raiders and contributed to pro football at every level. The respect he commanded was evident in the way that people listened carefully every time he spoke. He is a true legend of the game whose impact and legacy will forever be part of the NFL.”