Bruce Davis, who played nine seasons with the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders, passed away on December 27, 2021, at the age of 65. The Raiders announced his death in a statement, but did not reveal the cause of death. Davis was a key member of the Raiders’ offensive line that won two Super Bowls in the early 1980s. He is remembered as a fierce competitor, a loyal teammate, and a beloved member of the Raiders family.
A Stellar Career
Davis was drafted by the Raiders in the 11th round of the 1979 NFL draft, out of UCLA. He played 121 games for the Raiders, starting 76 of them at left tackle. He protected the blind side of quarterbacks Jim Plunkett and Marc Wilson, and opened holes for running backs Marcus Allen and Bo Jackson. He was part of the Raiders’ teams that won Super Bowl XV in 1981 and Super Bowl XVIII in 1984, dominating the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins, respectively.
Davis was known for his toughness, durability, and versatility. He played through injuries, never missing a game in his nine seasons with the Raiders. He also played multiple positions on the offensive line, filling in wherever he was needed. He was respected by his coaches, teammates, and opponents for his work ethic, professionalism, and passion for the game.
A Life After Football
Davis left the Raiders in 1987 and joined the Houston Oilers, where he played for three more seasons. He retired from the NFL in 1989, after playing 160 career games. He then pursued a career in broadcasting, working as a color analyst for UCLA football games and hosting a radio show in Los Angeles. He also remained involved with the Raiders organization, attending alumni events and mentoring young players.
Davis was married to his wife, Kathy, for 37 years. They had two children, Bruce Jr. and Kalyn, and four grandchildren. Davis was a devoted family man, who enjoyed spending time with his loved ones. He also had a passion for golf, fishing, and traveling.
A Legacy of Excellence
Davis’ death has saddened the Raiders community, who have expressed their condolences and tributes on social media. Many former and current Raiders players, coaches, and executives have shared their memories and appreciation of Davis, highlighting his impact on and off the field. Davis was a Raider through and through, embodying the team’s motto of “Commitment to Excellence”. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
According to NBC Sports, Davis’ cause of death remains unknown. However, his legacy of excellence lives on in the hearts and minds of the Raider Nation. Rest in peace, Bruce Davis.