A lot of new fans do not really understand the great man who was Al Davis. Prior to trading Jon Gruden, Al Davis was a man who did great things for both the NFL and the Raiders. The last decade was a sliver of the real man who Davis was. After Gruden the Raiders fell on tough times, but all teams go through this. In the history of the Raiders the past 10 years was minor in comparison to the 3 Super Bowl wins, everything he did for race in the NFL, and many other contributions to the game and his loyalty to his Raider family will always be remembered.
So in memoriam, Happy Birthday Al. You are certainly missed.