Al Davis on John Madden

"It's time John took his rightful place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame," said Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. "He certainly brings an excellence to it that no one can deny.

"I saw greatness in John and he lived up to it. I also saw a tremendous competitor who loved to win. John is a standard bearer, someone that players, coaches, fans and the Raider Nation can all look up to. One of his great virtues, the fire that burned brightest in him, was his love and passion for football, which was seldom ever equaled.

"He not only competed against the greatest coaches, he played in the greatest games - Heidi Game, Immaculate Reception, Holy Roller, Sea of Hands and won the Super Bowl in 1976.

"He also coached some of the greatest players in the history of the game—including Fred Biletnikoff, George Blanda, Willie Brown, Ted Hendricks, Jim Otto, Art Shell and Gene Upshaw—and now will join them in the Hall of Fame.

"John's influence, even though his tenure as head coach of the Raiders spanned 10 years, carries on to this day. At the end, he got his break with the networks and he's done great with that. He's done great with everything he's touched.

"I think someday the epitaph that shall be his will read: He was a football coach, he was a brilliant football coach. It's about time everyone raised their hand and saluted to John 'Great job.'"

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