Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 10/8/11

Wow. I don’t think anyone was expecting this today.

After seeing a couple of tweets from @ThunderTreats and @Deadspin I went to the Oakland Raiders’ website, and there, in giant letters was the following:

AL DAVIS

July 4, 1929 – October 8, 2011

The Raiders family will issue a statement later today.

Several NFL reporters are now confirming this on Twitter as well. Al Davis has died at age 82.

Say what you will about the Davis’ latter years, but he is one of the most influential people in the history of the NFL. And it looks like the Raiders finally have a team now capable of competing this year and over the next few. It would be a shame if Davis was not able to see it through, and now it unfortunately seems that this may be the case.

Rest in peace Al. Your contributions to the game of football and the NFL will certainly never be forgotten.

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