Facts and information about the Oakland Raiders
- The Raiders have had three players play for them named Napoleon. Napoleon McCallum, Napoleon Kaufman, and Napoleon Harris
- The Raiders are the only team to win a championship in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s
- This is the second time the Raiders have been known as the Oakland Raiders, following a stint in the 1980s and early 1990s as the Los Angeles Raiders.
Kenny Stabler is one of only three quarterbacks that finished the 1970’s with a passer rating of over 100; the others are Roger Staubach and Bert Jones.
- After beating the Kansas City Chiefs in the last game of the 2010 season, the Oakland Raiders became the first NFL team to ever go undefeated in their division and still not make the playoffs.
The Raiders had to switch to backup quarterback Jim Plunkett after starting quarterback Dan Pastorini broke his leg in week 5 of the 1980 season. They had thought about switching to Marc Wilson but had decided he didn’t have enough experience. Plunkett would go on to lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl, winning the MVP award of the big game in the process.
When John Madden retired after ten seasons as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, he had a Super Bowl ring, would eventually make it to the Hall-of-Fame, and he was the youngest coach ever to reach 100 victories… he was also only 42 years old.
Bill Callahan coached the Raiders for two seasons, taking them to the Super Bowl during his first year as head coach, even with this accomplishment he does not have a record over .500
In 2002 the Raiders became the first team to have won a game while attempting 60 passes and also to have won another game while attempting 60 rushes… in the same season.
In his ten years as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, John Madden’s team finished first in their division seven times. The other three seasons they finished in second place.
Marcus Allen is one of the few Raiders Hall-of-Famers that only played for the Los Angeles Raiders and never the Oakland Raiders.
Marcus Allen’s career numbers as a passer are: 12 of 27 for 285 yards with 6 touchdowns and 1 interception.
The NFL’s “Lyle Alzado Rule”, named for former Los Angeles Raiders Defensive Lineman Lyle Alzado, basically states that a player may not take his helmet off after a play is over and use it to beat on an opposing player.
In 2000 and 2001, Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon became the first (and through 2007, the only) player selected the Pro Bowl MVP for two consecutive years.
In Super Bowl XXXVII, Rich Gannon set the record for most interceptions thrown in the Super Bowl with 5.
In the 1971 NFL Draft, the first three picks were all quarterbacks: Jim Plunkett (New England), Archie Manning (New Orleans), and Dan Pastorini (Houston). In 1980, Dan Pastorini would be traded to the Raiders to be the starting quarterback. In the 5th game of the season he would break his leg and his backup would go on to lead the team to a Super Bowl victory, his backup was Jim Plunkett.
Running back Marcus Allen was the first player in NFL history to gain over 10,000 yards rushing and over 5,000 yards receiving during his career.
Cornerback Lester Hayes was a big Star Wars fan and in an interview before the Raiders Super Bowl XVIII victory he claimed he was the “only true Jedi” in the NFL.
The only quarterback to win multiple Super Bowls and be eligible for the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame, but not be in the Hall-of-Fame is former Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett.
The NFL rule banning the use of Stickum by players was put into the rulebook largely because of Lester Hayes, this rule is also sometimes referred to as the “Lester Hayes Rule”.
Marcus Allen was the first player in college football to ever to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season when he ran for 2,342 yards for the 1981 USC Trojans, in the process winning the Heisman Trophy.
Former quarterback/kicker George Blanda retired as a Raider after the 1975 season, playing a record 26 seasons.
Billy Cannon holds the distinction of making the AFL All-Star Team at two different positions (as a halfback in 1961 with the Oilers and as a tight end in 1969 with the Oakland Raiders).
In three consecutive seasons with the Raiders (1983, 1984, and 1985), Marcus Allen caught 60 or more passes.
In 1980, Raiders quarterback Dan Pastorini appeared nude in an issue of Playgirl.
Running back Marcus Allen was named the AFC Offensive Rookie Of The Year after his first season in 1982.
In Super Bowl XVIII Marcus Allen ran for 191 yards, including a 74 yarder that was at the time the longest run in Super Bowl history.
- Former Center Jim Otto is one of the few players in the NFL that ever wore the number double zero on his jersey.
- The Raiders joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, they had been an AFL team since its founding in 1960.
- The Raiders played their second season, 1961, in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.
- The Raiders owe some thanks for even existing as a team to the Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers, and Buffalo Bills. In 1960, the AFL awarded a franchise to Minnesota who three months later backed out of the deal and joined the NFL instead. The AFL then needed to find another city and the Chargers franchise (at the time located in Los Angeles) threatened to forfeit its franchise unless another team was added on the west coast, so the city of Oakland was chosen. Then after there first year of operations caused a financial loss of over $500,000 and the team was on the verge of folding, they were saved by a loan from Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson.
- Al Davis was brought in as Head Coach and General Manager of the Oakland Raider in 1963 with no previous experience in either position.
- Former Raider greats and Hall-of-Fame Tight End Dave Casper started his career in 1974 with the Raiders and ended it in 1984 as part of the Raiders; in between, he spent time on the roster of both the Houston Oilers (1980-1983) and Minnesota Vikings (1983).
- Through the 2006 season, the Raiders had never worn their white jerseys for a home game, only one other franchise can make that claim and that’s their rival the Seattle Seahawks.
- To name the new Oakland franchise, the team held a name-that-team competition. The winning name was the Oakland Senors. After three weeks, the team announced that it was changing its name to the Oakland Raiders.
- Al Davis briefly left the Raiders to become Commissioner of the AFL, once the merger with the NFL was approved he came back to the Raiders as an owner.
- “Pride and Poise”, “Commitment to Excellence”, and “Just Win, Baby” are all registered trademarks of the Oakland Raiders.
- The Raiders played 13 seasons in Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Raiders before moving back to Oakland.
- The Raiders lost Super Bowl XXXVII to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coached by Jon Gruden who had been the Raiders Head Coach the previous season.
- The original team colors of the Oakland Raiders were Black, Gold, and White. When Al Davis joined the team in 1963 he changed them to Black and Silver.
- In 1975, the Raiders lost both of their Quarterbacks to teams in the upstart World Football League; Ken Stabler to the Birmingham Americans and Daryle Lamonica to the Southern California Sun.
- In 1962, the Raiders lost their first 13 games of the season before winning the finale to bring their record to 1-13.
- The Raiders played in the second Super Bowl ever played, losing to the Green Bay Packers.
- Former Head Coach John Madden led the Raiders for ten seasons (1969-1979) and never had a losing record.
- The Raiders were on the losing end of a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers that feature Franco Harris’ Immaculate Reception.
- The Raiders hold the distinction of being the first team to hire a Hispanic Head Coach (Tom Flores) and an African-American Head Coach (Art Shell).
- When the Raiders beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV, they became the first team to win the Super Bowl as a wild card team.
- Raiders Wide Receiver Mervyn Fernandez won the Most Outstanding Rookie Award in the Canadian Football League in 1982.
- Al Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders, also served as the team’s coach in the early 1960s before he briefly became Commissioner of the American Football League.
- Former Oakland Raiders Cornerback Lester Hayes’ excessive use of Stickup on his hands, arms, and jersey was one of the main reasons for the NFL eventually outlawing the use of the substance in games.
- Ron Mix was one of the all-time great San Diego Chargers, he played his final year in the NFL with the Raiders in 1971.
- When the Raiders joined the AFL in 1960, it was as a replacement for the Minnesota franchise that had decided to join the NFL. Since they’d joined after the AFL Draft had taken place, the Raiders were awarded the players drafted by the Minnesota franchise.
- Art Shell coached the Raiders for five years before being fired in 1994, when he was rehired as Head Coach in 2006 Al Davis stated that it was a mistake to fire Art Shell earlier. One year later Al Davis fired Art Shell for a second time.
- Former Oakland Raiders Punter Ray Guy was the first pure Punter taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.
- In 1987, the city of Irwindale, California paid Al Davis a deposit of $10 million dollars for a prospective stadium site meant to lure the Raiders from the Los Angeles Coliseum. The bid fell through and the $10 million dollar deposit was non-refundable and was kept by the Raiders.
- The first Raider inducted into the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame was former Center Jim Otto.
- The Raiders sued the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchises in 2003 for trademark infringement. The Raiders cited Carolina’s use of silver and black colors and Tampa Bay’s use of a Pirate logo, the case was thrown out of court.
- The famous “Holy Roller” game was played in 1978 between the Raiders and the Chargers and is named for a particular play that is now illegal. It involves purposefully fumbling the ball and advancing it.
- The Raiders are the first and so far only team to play in the Super Bowl in four different decades.
- Hall-of-Fame Linebacker Ted Hendricks started his career with the Baltimore Colts, played one year for the Green Bay Packers, before making his place in history as a member of the Oakland Raiders. Hendricks’ nickname was the “Mad Stork”.
- In 2002, the Buccaneers wanted to hire Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden to coach their team. The problem was that Gruden was still under contract to the Raiders. A deal was eventually worked out and in return for the rights to their coach, the Raiders received from the Buccaneers their 1st and 2nd round draft picks in 2002, their 1st round pick in 2003, and their 2nd round pick in 2004… plus $8 million dollars in cash. As a result of this trade the NFL now prohibits the trading of draft picks for coaches.
- In a 1967 game between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets, Raider player Ike Lassiter broke Joe Namath’s jaw. Former Raider Ben Davidson is usually credited with inflicting the injury.
- The rowdiest and most elaborately dressed Raiders fans sit in an area of the coliseum known as The Black Hole.
- As a policy, the Raiders do not retire the jersey numbers of former players. One all-time greats jersey will not be worn again as Hall-of-Fame Center Jim Otto wore the number double-zero and the NFL’s current rules don’t allow that number to be issued.
- Al Davis’ record as Head Coach of the Raiders was 23-16-3.
- Former Head Coach Bill Callahan holds the odd distinction of only coaching for two years, having a below .500 record (17-18), yet still taking a team to the Super Bowl (losing to the Buccaneers).
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