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Al Davis

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis

Full Name: Allen Davis
Profession: American Football Coach and Executive

United States of America

Biography: The principal owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders from 1972-2011. Under Davis' management, the Raiders became one of the most successful teams in professional sports. Davis was active in civil rights, and refused to allow his team to play in any city where black and white players had to stay in separate hotels. He was also the first NFL owner to hire an African American head coach and a female chief executive.

Born: July 4, 1929
Birthplace: Brockton, Massachusetts, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: October 8, 2011 (aged 82)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Married Life

  • 1954-07-11 Football coach Al Davis (25) weds Carol Segal

Historical Events

  • 1963-01-18 Al Davis becomes the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders
  • 1966-04-08 American Football League votes in 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner after Joe Foss resigns; appointment lasts 3 months when AFL merges with NFL

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