IMO, some of you guys are not cognizant of Al Davis & what he's done for not only the Oakland Raiders but also the NFL.
First of all, he's a Hall of Famer - inducted in 1992. Something maybe more telling than that is that he has been asked to present a record 8 other Hall of Fame inductees. Davis was also one of the main reasons the AFL & NFL merged (I wonder if some of you guys even know anything about the history of the AFL, actually).
Davis was the commissioner of the AFL at age 36. He was head coach & GM of the Raiders in 1963 @ 33 years old.
Al Davis has been directly involved with drafting the following players:
Fred Biletnikoff, Gene Upshaw, Ken Stabler, Art Shell, Jack Tatum, Cliff Branch, Ray Guy, Dave Casper, Lester Hayes, Matt Millen, Howie Long, Marcus Allen, Bo Jackson, Tim Brown, etc.
Basically, anybody who ever played for the Raiders & the reason you are fans of the Raiders, Al Davis is directly responsible for. I think he deserves a pass.
The NFL draft is no guarantee. Lots of teams & lots of GMs have fucked it up year after year. Al Davis can shine his Super Bowl rings while Raider "fans" call for him to go away. I grew up reading about the history of the NFL...I'm willing to bet I know more about it than most people here. Sometimes I get fed up with people who aren't as into it as I am and don't show respect for a guy who is one of the main reasons the NFL is the sport we all love today. Fans have a right to be vocal about things they don't agree with, but Al Davis IS the Oakland Raiders...if that's your team than you need to respect what he's done.
While I'm definitely no fan of the Raiders, Al Davis is to them as George Halas is to the Bears' history.