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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Oakland Raiders

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The Oakland Raiders are a professional American football team based in the city of Oakland, California. They currently play in the Western Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Raiders began play in 1960 as the eighth charter member of the American Football League (AFL), where they won one championship and three division titles. The team joined the NFL in 1970 as part of the AFL–NFL merger. Since joining the NFL, the Raiders have won twelve division titles and three Super Bowls (XI, XV, XVIII), and have appeared in two other Super Bowls. Thirteen former players have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Davis moved the team from Oakland to Los Angeles, California, in 1982. While in Los Angeles, the Raiders won their third Super Bowl, but made just two playoff appearances through the rest of the 1980s. In 1995, Davis moved the team back to Oakland. In 2000, head coach Jon Gruden led Oakland to a 12–4 season and their first division title since 1990, which was the first of a 3-year winning streak for the Raiders in the AFC West. In 2002, under head coach Bill Callahan, Oakland faced Gruden's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, where the team lost a lopsided affair, 48–21. Following the loss, the Raiders won a league-worst 24 games during the six full seasons from 2003-2008 (two fewer wins than the 26 posted by the next worst team, the Detroit Lions).

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League/conference affiliations
American Football League (1960–1969)

  • Western Division (1960–1969)


National Football League (1970–present)

  • American Football Conference (1970–present)

    • AFC West (1970–present)




Current uniform
AFCW-Uniform-OAK.PNG
Team colorsBlack, silver         
Team history


  • Oakland Raiders (1960–1981)

  • Los Angeles Raiders (1982–1994)

  • Oakland Raiders (1995–present)


Team nicknames
The Silver and Black, Team of the Decades
Championships
League championships (4)

  • AFL Championships (1)
    1967



  • Super Bowl Championships (3)
    1976 (XI), 1980 (XV)1983 (XVIII)


Conference championships (4)

  • AFC: 1976, 1980, 1983, 2002


Division championships (15)

  • AFL West: 1967, 1968, 1969

  • AFC West: 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1983, 1985, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2002


Playoff appearances (21)


  • AFL: 1967, 1968, 1969



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


Home fields


  • Kezar Stadium (1960; first four games only)

  • Candlestick Park (1960–1961)

  • Frank Youell Field (1962–1965)

  • Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (1966–1981)

  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (1982–1994)

  • Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (1995–present)

    • a.k.a. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (1995–1998)

    • a.k.a. Network Associates Coliseum (1999–2004)

    • a.k.a. McAfee Coliseum (2004–2008)