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Deep Dive Into Al Davis Married Life, Girlfriends, & Net Worth

Allen Davis, aka, Al Davis, is a well-known personality in the arena of American football. You might know him as the man who led the NFL’s Oakland Raiders to multiple victories. In addition to being a well-accomplished coach, he owned the team for 39 years until his passing away in 2011.

Al might not be physically present with us today, but his legend sure survives and continues to influence numerous people – that is exactly what we’re going to discuss below. Dive deep into the following article to learn great details about Davis, a man of class.

Al Davis Married Carol Davis In 1954

If you’ve been a Raiders fan for long, then you’ll know that Al was a happily married man until his death. As a matter of fact, he married his loving wife, Carol Davis in 1954 after his return from the US Army. The couple’s wedding was held in a Brooklyn synagogue, following Jewish rituals.

Al Davis married his fiance, Carol Davis in 1954
The Mr. and Mrs. – Al and Carol

In the course of their 57-year-long marriage, the husband-wife duo went through numerous ups and downs. Initially, they were settled near the Atlantic Beach in New York. However, they moved quite a bit in the years to come.

A huge challenge came along as Carol suffered from a major heart attack in 1979. It was a question of life and death as she fell into a coma for three whole weeks and had to be kept in the hospital for intense supervision. Nonetheless, her husband was her strength; Davis did not leave his spouse’s side and fought through the hard times.

It was indeed “death do us apart” for the pair. Al and Carol were by each other’s side until his last breath.

Mrs. Davis Is An NYU Alum

Like him, his life partner is a well-read woman. Born and brought up in New York, Carol was a New York University scholar. Before her wedding, she graduated with a degree in marketing. To add further, she formerly worked as a buyer for retail stores, helping them select designer clothes. She left her job as her hubby joined the Oakland Raiders in 1963.

The Couple Raised A Son Together

Only after a year of being married, the Davises welcomed their first and only child, Mark M. Davis. He was born on 18th May 1966 in Brooklyn, New York.

For Mark, his dad was a disciplinarian as well as a role model. As he grew older, young Davis began working alongside his father.

The Oakland Raiders Owner’s Net Worth Before His Passing Away

At the time of his death, the 82-year-old had a whopping net worth of $500 million. All in a while, he was the principal owner and general manager of an NFL team estimated to be worth over $2 billion back in the day. As of 2022, the Raiders are valued at $5.1 billion.

Talking about his assets, he had a huge mansion in Piedmont, California. Al bought the home in 1971 for $153,500; its price has skyrocketed ever since.

A Brief Summary Of Allen’s Celebrated Career In Football

From the very beginning, Davis was much more interested in teaching the game rather than playing it. Sadly, he faced tons of rejections in the earlier days.

Nonetheless, his hard work finally paid off as he was hired as an assistant coach in January 1955. The Citadel in South Carolina took him in and he began his coaching journey under head coach, John Sauer. Following this, he landed a similar job at the University of Southern California.

Davis began a career in football by coaching
Him posing with the Raiders team back in the day

Furthermore, his journey with the Oakland Raiders did not begin until 1963. After the team’s third season, the then-owner, F. Wayne Valley pursued Allen to become their head coach. He wasn’t interested initially, but in due course, took the job. A 3-year contract, along with a salary of $20,000 per year was agreed upon by the two parties.

It was a rocky ride but the universe was in his favor; Al became a managing general partner/owner of the Oakland Raiders in 1972. However, he did not acquire the team’s major assets until 2005. Reports confirm that at the time of his demise, he owned 67% of the Raiders. He served sincerely in his position for almost four decades.

The Late Football Franchise Owner Served In The Military As Well

For around two years from 1952 to 1954, Al was inducted into the US Army. He served in the public relations unit of the military near Syracuse initially. Eventually, he wanted to set his place as a coaching staff in the army’s football teams – so he did! General Stanley Scott from Fort Belvoir, Virginia was lucky enough to be coached by Davis back then.

He Grew Up In A Jewish Household

On 4th July 1929, Allen was born as the youngest son of  Louis Davis and Rose Davis. His parents, originally from Brockton, Massachusetts, moved to NYC when Al was 5 years old. Mr. Davis, at the time, was a successful trader; while in New York, he flourished in the garment trading business.

Furthermore, his sons, Jerry Davis and Allen looked up to him. The two brothers initially grew up in a sixth-floor walk-up near Utica Avenue. Later on, the family of four moved to a home overlooking Atlantic Beach, New York. Furthermore, the boys were brought up in a Jewish household.

As an Erasmus High School graduate, young Al Davis pursued his higher studies at Wittenberg, University. After spending a semester there, he transferred to Syracuse University in mid-1947. In between, he also attempted to transfer to Hartwick College but eventually returned to Syracuse.

Death Of A Legend: Al Davis Passed Away In 2011

At 2:45 AM, on the 8th of October 2011, Allen passed away in his home in Oakland. He was 82 years old at the time.

Al band-aid on his forehead
Allen in a Raiders public event before his demise

Announcing the sad news, the Oakland Raiders said,

The Oakland Raiders are deeply saddened by the passing of Al Davis. Al Davis was a unique, a maverick, a giant among giants, a true legend among legends, the brightest star among stars, a hero, mentor, a friend.

Furthermore, the cause of his death wasn’t revealed until 20 days later. According to his death certificate issued by Alameda County, the Hall of Famer passed away due to an “abnormal heart rhythm”; TMZ called it, “A broken heart”.

Upon further investigation, it was found that only three days before his demise, he had undergone throat surgery. Moreover, he suffered from Merkel Cell Carcinoma (a form of skin cancer), and was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 1996.

His Son And The Raiders Created The “Al Davis Memorial Torch” In His Memory

The “Al Davis Memorial Torch”, on display at the Allegiant Stadium is the largest 3-D printed object in the world. It was created by Davis’s beloved son and the Raiders team in his memory. Interestingly enough, there are two such torches in existence – the original one is showcased in Henderson, Nevada i.e., in the team’s headquarters.

The Oakland Raiders Is Handled By His Partner And Son In 2024

Following his death, the Raiders owner passed the NFL team on to his wife and son. At present, Carol owns the majority of the team’s assets. On the other hand, Mark serves as their managing general partner – a title once held proudly by his late father.

Coach/football franchise owner, Al passed the Raiders to his wife and son after his death
One happy family – the late Mr. Davis pictured with his partner, Carol and son, Mark

Now, since Al Davis left, a lot has changed. In 2020, the team relocated from Oakland, California to Paradise, Nevada. Thus, they go by “Las Vegas Raiders” these days. Besides, his son has expanded his boundaries; M. Davis currently serves as the owner of Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA as well.