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The Oakland Raiders are a storied NFL franchise with a rich history deeply rooted in winning. A tradition stemming from the late Al Davis’s “Commitment to Excellence” slogan, the Raiders gained notoriety and a national following through their dominant physical play throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Their winning culture, which culminated in three Super Bowl victories to go along with an AFL Championship from their tenure prior to the merger, brought the Oakland Raiders into the spotlight as a team known for their punishing style of football.
After the merger, Head Coach John Madden focused his team on controlling the NFL through dominant defense. The Raiders, ripe with Hall of Fame talent, would make the playoffs seven out of the next eight seasons, including their first Super Bowl win in 1976.
Madden walked away after 10 consecutive winning seasons and a Super Bowl Trophy to go on to a brilliant career as a commentator. The departure did not stop the Silver and Black, who went on to win Super Bowls in 1980 and 1983 (their only title during the Los Angeles Raiders years). Team owner Al Davis trademarked the term “Just Win, Baby!” and he clearly lived by that credo.
That winning culture, however, began to dissolve in the late 80s and by the early 90s the team had fallen into mediocrity. A mix of retirements, players traded away, and failed draft picks brought this powerhouse back to the middle of the pack. A move back to Oakland prior to the 1995 season and a flurry of new faces breathed new life into the franchise. They would climb out from the bottom of the standings and reach championship level play again, with an AFC Championship appearance in 2001 (largely remembered as the Tuck Rule Game). Unfortunately, this period did not last and by 2003 the Raiders were back in disrepair.
This misery lasted until the Raiders selected QB David Carr out of Fresno State in the 2014 NFL Draft. Immediately making his presence felt on the field, Carr’s performance has improved every year since he entered the league. Last season, he led the Raiders to a record of 12-3 (their first winning season since 2002) before suffering a broken leg which would sideline him for the remainder of the season as well as their playoff berth.
There is no doubt that Carr will return to the field for the 2017 season with a renewed resolve to bring this team all the way to a Super Bowl. Along with Carr are standout receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Jared Cook joined the Raiders at tight end from Green Bay. A defense anchored by Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin is itching to get back to the field and punish the opposition.
In a surprise move, the Oakland Raiders pulled off a trade with the Seattle Seahawks which paved the way for retired running back Marshawn Lynch to come back to the NFL and suite up in the silver and black for this season. A year of rest and recover under his belt has Lynch ready to resume his role as an elite running back, punishing defenders who try to bring him down with his physical dominance and dynamic talents.
While there is no doubt about the direction that the team is trending on the field, there have been doubts about the future of this franchise in Oakland. It was announced in the offseason that current team owner Mark Davis won the necessary votes to move the team to Las Vegas. While the Raiders plan to play in Oakland through 2018 (and possibly 2019), the team is officially moving to Sin City to become the Las Vegas Raiders by 2020.
While there has been no shortage of NFL Hall of Fame players to have dressed in the iconic silver and black, a few names stand out among the rest for their unending efforts on the field and famous play which has made them hometown heroes. Among this group are George Blanda, Jim Plunkett, Dave Casper, Fred Biletnikoff, Cliff Branch, Ted Hendricks, Jim Otto, Ken Stabler, Howie Long, Willie Brown, Tim Brown, Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, Bo Jackson, and Marcus Allen. Click here to learn more about the illustrious history of the Oakland Raiders as well as about the current squad.