Johnson, Callahan on the Passing of Al Davis

The New York Jets released the following statements on the passing of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.

Statement from Woody Johnson, New York Jets Chairman & CEO

"We'd like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Davis family, Raiders organization and Raiders fans on the loss of Al Davis. Al was a pioneer whose passion was deeply rooted in the game of professional football that he helped to shape at every level. A unique man of conviction, Al had a profound impact on the National Football League as we know it today and will forever be identified with the team he loved so much – the Raiders."

Statement from Bill Callahan, New York Jets Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line (Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator, 1998–2001, head coach, 2002-03)

"My sincerest condolences go out to the Davis family, Raiders organization and Raiders fans on the passing of Al Davis, one of the true NFL icons. A visionary who was ahead of the curve in so many ways, Coach Davis had a great grasp of personnel, schemes and strategy. I learned a tremendous amount of football during my six years with his organization. His sole focus and passion in life was the Raiders. He was at practice every day and very aware of what was going on organizationally. He challenged you to be your best and I will always be grateful for the opportunity he gave me as a head coach."

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