October 19, 2011
Known for being hands-on, Oakland owner Al Davis — seen here watching practice in this 1989 file photo — won three Super Bowls, four AFC Championships, produced 19 NFL Hall of Famers and helped lead the franchise to 21 playoff appearances and 26 winning season. Davis died Oct. 8 at the age of 82.
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Albany State defensive backs coach Dan Land sat down with The Herald recently to reminisce about hard-nosed, late Raiders owner Al Davis, who many didn't care for. Yet somehow, Land was able to forge a unique friendship with the polarizing NFL owner that lasted well after Land's playing days with Oakland.