Predicting Al Davis’ Biopic

The late, great Al Davis passed away on October 8, 2011, but his impact on the National Football League, its teams and fanbases will never be forgotten.

The former owner of the Oakland Raiders was charismatic beyond belief, combining the gumption and slyness of a kid from Brooklyn with the glitz and glamour of California self-promotion.

If there were ever a figure in football history that deserved to be profiled by Hollywood with his own biopic, you could certainly argue that Davis would be that man.

So, if there were a biopic made on the life and career of Davis, what would the title be? Who would play Davis? What would the significant plotlines be?


The Title

This is an easy decision.

Davis coined a number of terrific phrases throughout his career in the AFL and NFL: Pride and poise. The excellence of the Raiders. Commitment to excellence. Once a Raider, always a Raider.

But none has the long-lasting effect or resonates with fans quite like the title of his biography by Murray Olderman.

"Just win, baby."

It's a statement that perfectly encapsulates what Davis' Raiders were all about. The objective was to win, and win at all costs.

It's a statement both profound and elementary, and its impact in pop culture goes well beyond the gridiron, as the rapper Snoop Dogg proclaimed in a recent song "Al Davis said it best, just win baby, win!"

There is no question that the title of the Al Davis biopic would be "Just Win, Baby."


The Cast

Davis, who lived to the age of 82, would need a few actors to play him throughout his long, storied life.

For his younger days, Michael Pitt of Boardwalk Empire fame would make a great choice. His slicked-back hair evokes memories of Davis, and he's a very capable actor.

The middle-aged Davis, the one whose ...

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