Oakland Raiders

My All Time Favorite Oakland Raiders Players

The Silver and Black. Just Win Baby. These are just a few of the phrases associated with what was once the most intimidating team in all off football: the Oakland / Los Angeles Raiders. When Al Davis took over the team in 1962, a new style of football was formed. The greatest Raiders players blended speed and power, a new dimension to player evaluation introduced by Davis. The best Raiders ever attribute their success to the culture of the team and to Davis’ leadership. The rowdy Raiders have been to Super Bowls in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 2000s, the only team in NFL history to do so. Some of the best players in Raiders history were on these teams. Famous Oakland Raiders like Ken Stabler, Cliff Branch, and Fred Biletnikoff are some of the best Raiders skill players while Gene Upshaw, Art Shell, and Jim Otto were powerful linemen whose grit allowed for these superstars to flourish.

The later Raiders teams were flashy with superstars like past players Jim Plunkett, Howie Long, and Marcus Allen, who is one of the best running backs of all time,  were parts of the later Super Bowl winning teams. Even though the team made a 12 year detour to Los Angeles, many of the team’s best, most iconic players were in Oakland.

The Oakland Raiders are known as a tough team who over time has had one simple slogan, “Just Win Baby.” Al Davis molded the Raiders in his image and won three Super Bowls. Along with the championships, comes a lot of great players.

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS

Ken Stabler

Ken Stabler - Oakland Raiders

1973 Topps #487 Rookie Card

 

Jim Plunkett

Jim Plunkett - New England Patriots - Oakland Raiders

1972 Topps #65 Rookie Card

 

Rich Gannon

Rich Gannon - Minnesota Vikings - Oakland Raiders

1990 Topps Traded #70T Rookie Card

 

RUNNING BACKS

Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen - Oakland Raiders - Kansas City Chiefs

1983 Topps #294 Rookie Card

 

Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson - Oakland Raiders - Kansas City Royals

1988 Topps #327 Rookie Card

 

Mark van Eeghen

Mark van Eeghen - Oakland Raiders

1977 Topps #354 Rookie Card

 

Pete Banaszak

Pete Banaszak - Oakland Raiders

1969 Topps #30 Rookie Card

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Tim Brown

Tim Brown - Los Angeles Raiders - Oakland Raiders

1989 Pro Set #183 Rookie Card

 

Fred Biletnikoff

Fred Biletnikoff - Oakland Raiders

1965 Topps #133 Rookie Card

 

Cliff Branch

Cliff Branch - Oakland Raiders

1975 Topps #524 Rookie Card

 

TIGHT ENDS

Todd Christensen

Todd Christensen - Oakland Raiders

1983 Topps #298 Rookie Card

 

Dave Casper

Dave Casper - Oakland Raiders

1977 Topps #380 Rookie Card

 

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Art Shell

Art Shell 0 Oakland Raiders

1973 Topps #77 Rookie Card

 

Gene Upshaw

Gene Upshaw - Oakland Raiders

1972 Topps #186 Rookie Card

 

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Jim Otto

Jim Otto - Oakland Raiders

1961 Topps #182 Rookie Card

 

Steve Wisniewski

Steve Wisniewski - Oakland Raiders

1989 Score #254 Rookie Card

 

Lincoln Kennedy

Lincoln Kennedy - Atlanta Falcons - Oakland Raiders

1983 Pinnacle #6 Rookie Card

 

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Howie Long

Howie Long - Oakland Raiders

1984 Topps #111 Rookie Card

 

Otis Sistrunk

Otis Sistrunk - Oakland Raiders

1974 Topps #194 Rookie Card

 

Chester McGlockton

Chester McGlockton - Oakland Raiders

1992 AW Sports #34 Rookie Card

 

DE- Ben Davidson (1964-1971)

 

LINEBACKERS

Ted Hendricks

Ted Hendricks - Baltimore Colts

1972 Topps #93 Rookie Card

 

Rod Martin

Rod Martin - Oakland Raiders

1981 Topps #487 Rookie Card

 

LB – Greg Biekert (1993-2001)

Matt Millen

Matt Millen - Oakland Raiders

1982 Topps #196 Rookie Card

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Lester Hayes

Lester Hayes - Oakland Raiders

1980 Topps #195 Rookie Card

 

Willie Brown

Willie Brown - Denver Broncos - Oakland Raiders

1965 Topps #46 Rookie Card

 

Terry McDaniel

Terry McDaniel - Oakland Raiders

1990 Topps #294 Rookie Card

 

Mike Haynes

Mike Haynes - Oakland Raiders - New England Patriots

1977 Topps #50 Rookie Card

 

Jack Tatum

Jack Tatum - Oakland Raiders

1973 Topps #288 Rookie Card

 

S – George Atkinson (1968-1977)

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – George Blanda

George Blanda - Chicago Bears - Oakland Raiders

1954 Bowman #23 Rookie Card

 

P – Ray Guy

Ray Guy - Oakland Raiders

1974 Topps #219 Rookie Card

 

PR – Tim Brown

Tim Brown - Los Angeles Raiders - Oakland Raiders

1989 Score #86 Rookie Card

 

KR – Clarence Davis

Clarence Davis - Oakland Raiders

1975 Topps #278 Rookie Card

 

NICKNAME

  • For a brief period, the new AFL team was known as the Senors but by the time the 1960 season started, the Oakland team was known as the Raiders. The origin of the Raiders name is not known. It was most likely chosen by principal owner Chet Soda and his partners.

TEAM NAMES

  • Oakland Raiders (1960-1981)
  • Los Angeles Raiders (1982-1994)
  • Oakland Raiders (1995-Present)

HEAD COACHES

  • Eddie Erdelatz (1960-1961)
  • Marty Feldman (1961-1962)
  • Red Conkright (1962)
  • Al Davis (1963-1965)
  • John Rauch (1966-1968)
  • John Madden (1969-1978)
  • Tom Flores (1979-1987)
  • Mike Shanahan (1988-1989)
  • Art Shell (1989-1994)
  • Mike White (1995-1996)
  • Joe Bugel (1997)
  • Jon Gruden (1998-2001)
  • Bill Callahan (2002-2003)
  • Norv Turner (2004-2005)
  • Art Shell (2006)
  • Lane Kiffin (2007-2008)
  • Tom Cable (2008-2010)
  • Hue Jackson (2011)
  • Dennis Allen (2012-2014)
  • Tony Sparano (2014)
  • Jack Del Rio (2015-Present)

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS

  • Super Bowl XI (1976) – Oakland Raiders defeat Minnesota Vikings 32-14
  • Super Bowl XV (1980) – Oakland Raiders defeat Philadelphia Eagles 27-10
  • Super Bowl XVIII (1983) – Los Angeles Raiders defeat Washington Redskins 38-9

AFL CHAMPIONS (PRE-1966)

  • None

SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES

  • Super Bowl II (1967) – Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers
  • Super Bowl XI (1976) – Oakland Raiders vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • Super Bowl XV (1980) – Oakland Raiders vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Super Bowl XVIII (1983) – Los Angeles Raiders vs. Washington Redskins
  • Super Bowl XXXVII (2002) – Oakland Raiders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES (PRE-1966)

  • None

AFL/AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

  • 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1990, 2000, 2002

DIVISION CHAMPIONS

  • 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1983, 1985, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2002

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES

  • 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002

PLAYOFF RECORD

  • 25-18 .581

HALL OF FAME PLAYERS

  • Marcus Allen RB (1982-1992)
  • Fred Bilentnikoff WR (1965-1978)
  • George Blanda PK/QB (1967-1975)
  • Bob Brown T (1971-1973)
  • Willie Brown CB (1967-1978)
  • Dave Casper TE (1974-1980, 1984)
  • Al Davis Owner (1963-2011)
  • Eric Dickerson RB (1992)
  • Mike Haynes CB (1983-1989)
  • Ted Hendricks LB (1975-1983)
  • James Lofton WR (1987-1988)
  • Howie Long DE (1981-1993)
  • Ronnie Lott S (1991-1992)
  • John Madden Coach (1969-1978)
  • Ron Mix OT (1971)
  • Jerry Rice WR (2001-2004)
  • Jim Otto C (1960-1974)
  • Art Shell G (1968-1982)
  • Gene Upshaw G (1967-1981)
  • Rod Woodson CB (2001-2002)

RETIRED NUMBERS

  • None

PRO BOWL MVP

  • 1962 Cotton Davidson QB
  • 1964 Archie Matsos LB
  • 2001 Rich Gannon QB
  • 2002 Rich Gannon QB

AWARDS

COACH OF THE YEAR

  • 1963 Al Davis
  • 1967 John Rauch

AFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • None

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • 1998 Charles Woodson CB

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • 1982 Marcus Allen RB

AFL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • 1967 Daryle Lamonica QB
  • 1969 Daryle Lamonica QB

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • 1980 Lester Hayes CB

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • 1974 Ken Stabler QB
  • 1985 Marcus Allen RB

NFL MVP

  • 1974 Ken Stabler QB
  • 1985 Marcus Allen RB
  • 2002 Rich Gannon QB

SUPER BOWL MVP

  • Super Bowl XI – Fred Biletnikoff WR (1976)
  • Super Bowl XV – Jim Plunkett QB (1980)
  • Super Bowl XVIII – Marcus Allen RB (1983)

 

I’ve been attracted to the smiling pirate image (he is smiling?) of the Silver & Black ever since I was a little kid. I love EVERYTHING here: *especially* the ’70s, ’80s & L.A Raiders…

Early ’60s players; Jim Otto; quarterback Tom Flores; Clem Daniels; Art Powell; miserable beginnings; Al Davis’ vision of excellence; dramatic turnaround 1-13 to 10-4; AFL-NFL merger; coach John Rauch; Gene Upshaw; Willie Brown; Daryle “Mad Bomber” Lamonica; Warren Wells; Fred Biletnikoff; Super Bowl II loss to Green Bay; infamous “Heidi Game” vs Jets in ’68; coach John Madden’s incredible 10+year career; George Blanda’s miracle season; great games & plays in the ’70s; Pittsburgh & “Immaculate Reception”; Miami & “Sea of Hands”; tackle Art Shell; Cliff Branch; Kenny “The Snake” Stabler; Super Bowl XI victory over Minnesota; Dave Casper; in-depth playoff game coverage against Colts in ’77 “Ghost to the Post”; infamous Denver non-fumble; San Diego & “Holy Roller”; coach Tom Flores; Lester Hayes’ 13 interceptions in ’80; Jim Plunkett leads 1st-ever WildCard team to Super Bowl; Super Bowl XV victory over Philidelphia; banning of Stick ’em; Super Bowl XVIII victory over Washington; Tiger Woods= Raiders fan; ’80s L.A. Raiders; Howie Long’s 8 Pro-Bowls; Mike Haynes= hall-of-fame corner; Marcus Allen’s *many* accomplishments; Bo Jackson- 2 sport Pro-Bowl/All-Star athlete; Art Shell- 1st black headcoach of modern era; Willie Gault & James Jett speedsters; Tim Brown; Ronnie Lott; Eric Dickerson; ’90s drought; coach John Gruden & team resurgence; Rich Gannon; Rod Woodson; Jerry Rice; 5 Super Bowls/ 3 victories in 4 different decades; Raider Nation; Raiderettes; and more!

Today the team is now rebuilding. The Raiders will climb again to greatness- it’ll be exciting to see a new era begin!

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  1. I have a black and white Lester Hayes sports card which is autographed and it says “T -Rex in Pads” next to his name. Can you tell me anything about this card?

    • Victoria, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Do you know what year or what the maker of the card is? Typically the stats on back will end in the previous year if it does not say on the card. Lester Hayes was a great player and his autographed cards in great shape are valued at $20-25 on Ebay.

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