Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis walks the sidelines after greeting fans before an Aug. 8, 1997 preseason game in which the Raiders took on the Green Bay Packers as a fan holds up an Al Davis jersey in the background. The Packers won the game 37-24.
237 years ago, this great nation was born. Al Davis was the ownder of the professional football team the Oakland Raiders from 1972-2011. Al was also born on the 4th of July! We thought it was fitting to launch www.MadeInTheUSA.com on this historic day! Happy #JulyFourth! #BuyAmerican
Seen here in April 1966, Ralph Wilson, left, American Football League president and Buffalo Bisons owner, Al Davis, center, and Jack Kemp, Bisons quarterback and the league's player representative, are shown at a news conference in New York. Davis held the title of AFL commissioner in 1966 while also coaching and running the Raiders. He only held the title for several months but he was known as a driving force to the eventual merger of the AFL and the NFL.
New Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, left, and owner Al Davis smile at a news conference at Raiders headquarters in Alameda, Calif. Davis was not shy about bringing in minority candidates as he hired the first African-American head coach (Art Shell), the first Hispanic head coach (Tom Flores) and the first female CEO (Amy Trask) in league history.