(Reuters) - Al Davis, the long-time owner of the National Football League's Oakland Raiders, died on Saturday at the age of 82, the team's official website reported.


The website (http://www.raiders.com) gave no details of the death of one of the leading personalities in the NFL, but said a statement would be made later on Saturday.

Davis was hired as coach and general manager of the Raiders at the age of 33 and later became principal owner.

He was also was commissioner of the American Football League (AFL) in 1966 and was viewed as a driving force in the merger with the NFL that created the modern competition.

Davis also took the Raiders away from Oakland to Los Angeles from 1982 to 1994 before returning the franchise to its original home. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

(Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; editing by Mark Meadows)

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