Al Davis is a legendary figure in NFL and AFL history, but for the Los Angeles Chargers franchise, he was the biggest villain they ever faced.
When you think about the Oakland Raiders, the biggest name in the history of the franchise is Al Davis. In 1966, Davis stepped down as commissioner of the AFL, and began his run as the most iconic team owner in sports history.
From 1963-65, Davis served as head coach of the Raiders, being the youngest head coach in the league. A former assistant for the Chargers, Al would move into ownership in 1966, taking over as a part owner and general manager.
During that time, the San Diego Chargers were one of the best teams in the AFL. The Bolts had won the 1963 AFL Championship, but all of their fortunes were about to change.
Davis and his Raiders dominated the Chargers from 1966-78, winning 20 of 26 meetings with them, and relegating their rival to nothing more than just another blip on their schedule. In addition, when the Chargers began to get better in 1979 with star quarterback Dan Fouts, the Raiders snuffed out their best chance at a Super Bowl appearance, destroying them in the 1981 AFC title game on the road.
Recently, Davis was named the biggest villain in Chargers history, and you can certainly see why.
The head of the Raiders’ Mount Rushmore, Davis passed away in 2011, but he is still very much alive when it comes to the organization. His motto of “Just Win Baby,” has become the tag-line for the franchise, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.
The memory of Mr. Davis lives on in the hearts of every fan that makes up Raider Nation. The Chargers are supposed to be the class of the AFC West this season, but maybe the ghost of Al can once again ruin their chances of making a run towards the playoffs.