The defiant longtime owner of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders was a rebel who embraced Hollywood (and vice-versa) when he moved the team to Los Angeles in 1982. The NFL Hall of Famer had been in failing health with an undisclosed ailment for some time when he died. He was 82. The team won the first and only Super Bowl for Los Angeles in 1984, the city’s Olympic year, the last of three titles that Davis won for the Raiders all told (the others coming in 1976 and 1980). He moved the Raiders back to Oakland in 1995, and LA has been without an NFL team ever since. But Davis will forever be known as the guy who brought Hollywood bright lights and Super Bowl glamour together, even if the party was all too brief. He’ll also be remembered for the battle cry, “Just win baby!” His teams wound up doing quite a bit of that.
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