Let’s look at some of the biggest moves Al Davis -- who died at the age of 82 Saturday -- made since he joined the Raiders in 1963. We’ll go in chronological order:
Hiring John Madden: This set the program in motion. Davis and Madden were a great team. Both men had an eye for talent, an ability to handle renegade players, and a thirst for winning. The Raiders were an elite team in the 1970s and their Super Bowl XI victory over Minnesota in Jan. 1977 is probably the greatest moment in team history.
Acquiring Jim Plunkett: The quarterback was one of the poster boys for Davis’ factory of recycled talent. Plunkett enjoyed career resurgence in Oakland and his presence helped pave the wait for the Raiders’ second and third Super Bowl
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