Detroit Lions Release Statements On Al Davis' Death

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis died this morning at the age of 82. The Detroit Lions released the following statements about this news:

LIONS PRESIDENT TOM LEWAND ON THE PASSING OF RAIDERS OWNER AL DAVIS

"On behalf of the William Clay Ford family and the entire Detroit Lions organization, we would like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family of Al Davis and to the Oakland Raiders organization. Mr. Davis' contributions to the game of football since the days of the American Football League have been transformational and profound. His impact and his legacy will be felt in perpetuity."

LIONS ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR GUNTHER CUNNINGHAM

(Cunningham was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Raiders from 1991-94)

"I learned a lot from Al Davis. I think I kind of became the coach I became in the League, demanding and detailed-oriented, because of what I learned all that from Al.

"He put a mark on the League early on with his great Raiders teams. Al did the league a favor by being so competitive. He was so instrumental in making the NFL into what it is today. He was a great man and will be dearly missed."

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