The Greatness of the Raiders
The Raiders — who began play in the American
Football League in 1960 — enter their 60th year of
professional football competition, including the last
49 as a member of the National Football League.
In six memorable decades — the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s,
‘90s, 2000s and 2010s — the Raiders have been dominant
in professional football since Al Davis first pledged in 1963
to build the finest organization in pro sports.
During these decades of dominance, the Raiders have won
an AFL championship, four American Football Conference
championships, and three world championships of
professional football, participated in five Super Bowls, played
in 14 championship games, won or tied for 17 division
championships, had 22 playoff seasons, finished 35 seasons
at .500 or better and played in 44 postseason games.
Pro football’s dynamic organization placed first in the
AFC West in 2000, 2001 and 2002 despite playing among
the toughest schedules in the NFL in each of those seasons.
With their appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Raiders
became the first NFL team to have had a season end in the
Super Bowl in four different decades.
The Raiders are the only team to have been in Super
Bowls in the ‘60s, the ‘70s, the ‘80s and the 2000s.
The Silver and Black are the only AFC team — and one
of just two NFL teams (Minnesota) — to have a season that
advanced to the conference championship game in the
‘60s, the ‘70s, the ‘80s, the ‘90s and the 2000s.
The Raiders are one of only three original AFL teams to
have captured three world championships of professional
football with Super Bowl victories. The Raiders are one of
only five AFC teams to have won more than one Super Bowl
In their five Super Bowl appearances, the Raiders have
been led by four head coaches and started four quarterbacks.
With four postseason victories, the Raiders were the first
of the AFC West teams to win multiple postseason contests
in the new millennium by six years.
Since 1963, when Al Davis first took over the failing
Oakland franchise that had struggled to win only nine of
42 league games in the initial three seasons of the new
AFL and pledged to build the finest organization in sports,
the Raiders have dominated professional football in terms
of consistent victory. During the memorable 59 years in
Oakland and Los Angeles, the Raiders have won 466 league
games, tied 11 and lost 423.
“Commitment to Excellence” has never been an
idle phrase to those who have proudly represented the
Raiders organization during the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and the new
millennium as shown by their domination of pro football.
More than 20 of the great players who proudly wore the Silver and
Black, as well as Owner-Leader Al Davis and legendary Head Coach
John Madden, have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Raiders have also produced six Coaches of the Year.
In addition, 71 Pro Bowl players have earned 202 Pro Bowl
selections representing the Silver and Black. In 1970, as the Raiders
began their second decade of play, the merger between the AFL and
NFL became a reality on the field. In the 1970 through 2012 period
of interconference play, the Raiders compiled a remarkable 92-77-1
record against present National Football Conference rivals.
Another innovation came to professional football in 1970 —
“Monday Night Football.” The Raiders’ domination of this primetime
television series has seen the Silver and Black build a 39-29-
1 record in Monday night play. In the 49 years of this series, the
Raiders are 17-9-0 in “Monday Night Football” games at home.
Through the decades — the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, 2000s and
now the 2010s — the Raiders have had the greatest players, the
greatest coaches, the greatest plays and participated in the greatest
games in the annals of professional sports.
Challengers to Raider domination of professional football will arise
as they have in the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and the new millennium.
The Raider organization will continue to meet these challenges.
2019 Gameday 49