Another mystery surrounding Al Davis is his weightlifting equipment. Everybody knew that Davis had arrived when his barbells, dumbbells and weight bench appeared on a terrace overlooking the golf course and the hotel's bar and restaurant. But did anybody actually see him lift that 160-pound bar? Nope. Davis boasts of daily workouts, but some league types like to tease Al—they claim he never takes his shirt off—and dismiss his weight-lifting exploits as more Davis folklore.
One story has it that at an earlier league meeting Davis was psyching himself to lift, breathing loudly and deeply, moving around his weight set, flexing his muscles, when Miami's Don Shula, out for a jog, passed by. Shula stopped, walked over to the weights, lifted them with one hand and said, "What's the big deal, Al?"