The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
August 14—First organizational meeting held under leadership of league founder Lamar Hunt. August 22—American Football League chosen as official name. November 22—First draft meeting held, with first round choices composed of: Boston—Gerhard Schwedes; Buffalo—Richie Lucas; Dallas—Don Meredith; Denver—Roger LeClerc; Houston—Billy Cannon; Los Angeles— Monty Stickles; Minneapolis—Dale Hackbart; New York—George Izo. November 23— Cooperative television plan adopted by AFL. November 30—Joe Foss named league commissioner.
January 26—Lamar Hunt of the Dallas Texans named first AFL president. January 27—First 14- game home-and-away schedule adopted. January 30—Oakland group awarded former Minneapolis franchise. February 9—Eddie Erdelatz appointed as first head coach of Raiders. March 3—Special draft plan adopted to stock Oakland club. June 9—AFL signs five-year contract with ABC for network televising of games. July 30—First pre-season game held: Boston defeats Buffalo, 28-7, before 16,000 at Buffalo. September 9—First league game held: Denver defeats Boston, 13-10, before 21,597 at Boston. September 11—Raiders open at home, losing to Houston, 37-22. December 6—AFL establishes Player Benefit Fund.
January 1—First AFL championship game held: Houston defeats Los Angeles, 24-16, before 32,183. January 17—E.W. McGah named president of Raiders as partnership reorganized.
January 7—First AFL All-Star Game held: West defeats East, 47-27, before 20,973 at San Diego. June 27—Special draft of veteran players established to assist Oakland and Denver.
|Al Davis was named Head Coach and General Manager of The Oakland Raiders in 1963.|
January 15—Al Davis named head coach and general manager of Raiders. February 8—Dallas Texans announce move of franchise to Kansas City, becoming the Chiefs. March 28—New York Titans sold to group headed by David (Sonny) Werblin. Club becomes the Jets. May 11—AFL allowed Oakland and New York to select players from other franchises to provide more competitive balance. December 22—Raiders down Houston, 52-49, to finish one game out of playoffs with 10-4-0 record, first winning season in club history.
January 17—AFL owners vote to recognize AFL Players’ Association, formed just three days earlier. January 29—AFL and NBC sign a five-year, $36-million television contract to begin with 1965 season. June 1— AFL announces establishment of pension and hospitalization plans.
February 1—Construction started on 54,000-seat Oakland Coliseum, completion date set for Aug. 25, 1966. August 16—AFL awards expansion franchise for 1966 to Miami, Florida.
|An aerial view of the 54,000-seat Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum when it opened in 1966.|
April 8—Al Davis, general manager and head coach of Oakland Raiders, is named second Commissioner of American Football League, succeeding Joe Foss. June 8—American Football League and National Football League agree to an alliance that includes common draft and Championship Game. July 25—Al Davis resigns as League Commissioner. Milt Woodard appointed President of the American Football League. Davis rejoins Raiders as Managing General Partner. September 18—Oakland Raiders open 54,000-seat Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum against Kansas City Chiefs.
January 15—First World Championship Game played at Los Angeles. NFL champion Green Bay Packers pull away from AFL champion Kansas City in second half to win, 35-10. January 21— AFL All-Star Game held in Oakland. East posts first series win, 30-23. March 14-15—First AFLNFL common draft held. May 24—Cincinnati awarded AFL expansion franchise. August- September—First pre-season games between AFL and NFL held, including Sept. 3 meeting between Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers. December 24—Raiders finish season with 13-1 mark, best record in AFL history. December 31—Raiders rout Houston, 40-7, to win AFL Championship.
January 14—Super Bowl—Green Bay pulled away from AFL champions, the Oakland Raiders, to win 33-14. November 17—”Heidi” becomes part of sports vocabulary when final minutes of Raiders 43-32 comeback win over New York were cut off to permit television special to begin on time. Viewers were unaware that Raiders scored two late touchdowns to win. December 22— Raiders wallop visiting Kansas City, 41-6, to capture Western Division Playoff. December 29— Raiders fall to New York Jets, 27-23, in AFL Championship Game at Shea Stadium before 62,627.
|John Madden was named Head Coach of The Oakland Raiders in 1969.|
February 4—John Madden appointed Raiders head coach to replace John Rauch, who left to go with Buffalo Bills. May 10—Pro football realignment finds Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers moving to American League (Conference) in 1970. Colts join Boston, Buffalo, Miami and New York in one division. Browns and Steelers join Houston and Cincinnati in another and Kansas City, Denver, San Diego and Oakland remain together in third division. June 1— Veteran AFL player personnel director and administrator Al LoCasale named Executive Assistant for the Raiders. June 26—ABC acquires rights to televise NFL regular season Monday night games. October 19—Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica sets pro record with six touchdown passes in first half to direct a 50-21 win over Buffalo. October 26—Raiders defeat San Diego, 24- 12, to equal AFL record of unbeaten games at 15. December 13—Raiders beat Kansas City, 10- 6, in regular season finale and win record-tying third straight AFL Western Division title. December 21—Raiders win playoff, set club scoring mark in 56-7 win over Houston.
January 4—Raiders bow to Kansas City, 17-7, in AFL Championship Game before record Oakland Coliseum crowd of 54,544. March 16-21—Pro football owners meet in Honolulu. Uniform rules adopted, including discarding of AFL’s two-point conversion option in favor of the one-point kick, acceptance of the NFL game ball and use of players’ names on the back of team jerseys. December 12—Raiders become first AFC club ever to capture four consecutive Western Division crowns with a 20-6 triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs. December 27—Raiders win third straight playoff by defeating AFC Eastern Conference runner-up Miami Dolphins, 21-14, at the Oakland Coliseum.
January 3—Baltimore Colts defeat Raiders, 27-17, in American Football Conference title game at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. September 26—Raiders commence nine-week unbeaten string by blanking Chargers, 34-0, in San Diego. December 12—Field goal with 1:34 left provides Kansas City Chiefs 16-14 victory over visiting Raiders to end Oakland string of four division titles.
March 20-24—Owners move the in-bounds markers in to 23 yards, 21 inches from each sideline. Former location was 20 yards in from sideline. December 3—Raiders return to glory by capturing fifth AFC Western Division title in six seasons with a 21-19 victory against the Chargers in San Diego. December 17—Raiders boast winningest record of 1963-72 10-year period (94-36-10) with 10-3-1 finish. December 23—Controversial pass deflection on fourth down in final 22 seconds provides Pittsburgh with a 13-7 playoff decision over Raiders, who had taken 7-6 lead with 1:13 left to play.
September 23—Largest Bay Area crowd to attend a pro game (74,121) fills California Memorial Stadium as Raiders stun Super Bowl Champion Miami, 12-7, on four George Blanda field goals. Dolphin win streak stopped at 18. December 16—Raiders down Denver Broncos, 21-17, to capture third consecutive AFC Western Division title and sixth in seven seasons. December 22— Oakland returns to AFC Championship Game with 33-14 playoff triumph against Pittsburgh. December 30—Miami wins third consecutive AFC title, topping Raiders, 27-10.
April 25—Rule changes, culminating three years of study, are announced at NFL Owners’ meeting in New York. Preseason and regular season games tied after regulation time will be allotted a single 15 minute or sudden death overtime. Goal posts moved to the end line, kickoffs are from the 35-yard line, missed field goals are returned to line of scrimmage or 20-yard line, whichever is farther from goal line; and members of a team kicking from scrimmage (punt or field goal) cannot cross line of scrimmage until ball is kicked. Offensive holding penalty, illegal use of hands and tripping infractions occurring in area of line of scrimmage and three yards beyond are reduced from 15 to 10 yards. Wide receivers blocking back toward the ball three yards from line of scrimmage cannot block below the waist. September 22—Raiders begin nine-game winning streak with 27-7 victory over rival Kansas City. November 18—Oakland captures seventh AFC Western Division title after only 10 regular season games as Kansas City topples Denver in Monday night clash following Raiders 17-10 Sunday victory over San Diego. December 14—Raiders complete 1974 campaign with 27-23 victory over Dallas and best won-loss record in NFL (12-2). December 21—Miami’s fourth consecutive Super Bowl appearance bid is ended as Raiders defeat the World Champions, 28-26, at the Oakland Coliseum in AFC Playoffs. December 29—Pittsburgh defeats Oakland, 24-13, and advances to Super Bowl.
February 7—Long Island Athletic Club selects Al Davis as NFL Executive of the Year. March 17—Pro football owners meet in Honolulu. Rule changes include: Penalties for having an illegal player downfield and offensive pass interference are reduced from 15 to 10 yards. September 3—Jim Otto, last original Raider, retires after 15 years as the Raiders’ starting center. September 22—Raiders snap Miami’s 31-game Orange Bowl winning streak with a 31-21 Monday night victory. November 3—Raiders become pro football’s all-time winningest team since 1960 with a victory over New Orleans to up its all-time record to 129-77-11, a winning percentage of .626. November 23—Raiders go into overtime for the first time in history, defeating the Washington Redskins, 26-23, at 7:13 of the extra period. November 30—Raiders clinch eighth AFC Western Division title in past nine seasons with a 37-34 overtime victory over Atlanta. December 21—George Blanda’s second of four extra-point kicks against Kansas City made the 26-year veteran the first player in pro football history to score 2,000 points. December 28—Raiders advance to AFC title game with 31-28 win over Cincinnati at home.
January 4—Raiders bow 16-10 at Pittsburgh in AFC Championship Game. March 15—Pro football owners meet in Coronado, California. Rule changes adopted include: Official coin toss moved to three minutes before kickoff; two 30-second time clocks will be placed in each end zone so fans can see how long it takes offense to put ball in play. March 30—Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks complete their selection of veteran players in NFL Expansion draft. Raiders losing Bob Moore, Harold Hart and Louis Carter. November 21—Raiders clinch ninth Western Division Championship in 10 years with 26-7 win over the Eagles in Philadelphia. December 12—With 24-0 victory over San Diego, Raiders conclude league season with 13-1 record, the best in pro football. December 18—Raiders defeat New England, 24-21, in AFC Playoff to advance to Conference Championship. December 26—Raiders win AFC Championship with impressive 24-7 win over Pittsburgh at home.
|Oakland Raiders Owner Al Davis displays the Vince Lombardi trophy after the Raiders won their first Super Bowl.|
January 9—Raiders defeat the Minnesota Vikings, 32-14, in Super Bowl Xl at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena before a record crowd of 103,424, plus a world-wide television audience of over 130 million. January 10—Over 20,000 fans turn out at the Coliseum to greet World Champions on their return to Oakland. January 29—Raider Head Coach John Madden named the Washington Touchdown Club’s Coach of the Year. March 5—Al Davis, Raiders managing general partner, named NFL Executive of the Year. March 29—At NFL meetings in Phoenix, owners vote to go to four preseason, 16 regular season game schedule in 1978; Seattle assigned to the AFC Western Division. June 8—Raiders players and staff receive World Championship rings. October 9— Raiders down Cleveland, 26-10, to win 17th consecutive game, a record topped only twice in 58 years of NFL play. December 11—Raiders clinch 10th playoff appearance in 11 years with 35-13 win over Minnesota in Coliseum. December 18—Raiders beat Kansas City, 21-20, to become first NFL team to win 150 league games since 1960. December 24—Raiders defeat Colts at Baltimore, 37-31, in second overtime period to win AFC Playoff and advance to Conference Championship. At 75 minutes and 43 seconds, this game was longest in Raider history and third longest played in NFL to date.
January 1—Raiders lose, 20-17, at Denver in AFC Championship Game. March 13—NFL owners meet in Palm Springs. Rule changes adopted include: liberalized pass protection blocking, elimination of defenders bumping eligible pass receivers more than five yards downfield and the addition of a seventh game official. June 7—NFL owners vote to increase active rosters to 45 players. October 1—Raiders record in overtime games goes to 4-0 with 25-19 fifth-quarter win over Bears in Chicago. November 5—John Madden becomes 13th coach in NFL history to win 100 games as Oakland wins in Kansas City, 20-10. December 17—Raiders beat Minnesota Vikings in Coliseum, 27-20, to wrap up 14th consecutive winning season.
January 4—John Madden retires from football coaching after 12 years with Raiders—two as linebackers coach and 10 as head coach. February 8—Tom Flores named as head coach of the Oakland Raiders by Managing General Partner Al Davis. March 12—NFL owners meet in Honolulu. Rule changes adopted include: eliminating blocking below the waist on punt and kickoff returns, officials instructed to blow the play dead as soon as the quarterback is in the grasp of any tackler. Active roster for 1979 will be 45 players. May 11—Pete Banaszak retires after 13 seasons at running back for the Raiders. July 1—Cornerback Willie Brown retires after 12 seasons with Raiders and 16 seasons in the league. July 9—Raiders close season ticket sales at an all-time high of 51,825. July 28—Raiders play in Pro Football Hall of Fame Game for first time in Canton, Ohio, defeating Dallas, 20-13. September 2—New Head Coach Tom Flores gets his first league win as Raiders down the Rams, 24-17, at L.A. Coliseum. October 14—Raiders score 50 points for fifth time in team history, defeating Atlanta, 50-19. December 3—Raiders run Monday Night record to 13-1-1 with great comeback win against Saints in New Orleans, 42-35. December 9—Win over Cleveland, 19-14, earns Raiders 15th straight winning season, tying all-time NFL record set 35 years prior by Chicago. December 16—Raiders complete 1979 season having scored in 198 consecutive games.
April 29—Raiders select BYU quarterback Marc Wilson, nation’s leading passer, in first round of college player draft. August 2—Original Raider Jim Otto, starting center for 210 consecutive league games from 1960 through 1974, is inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. September 7—Raiders open 21st season with 27-14 win over Chiefs in Kansas City. December 1—Raiders become first team in NFL history to earn 16 consecutive winning seasons. The 9-3 win over Denver runs Monday Night Football record to 16-1-1, best record in NFL. December 21—With a 33-17 victory over the N.Y. Giants, the Raiders concluded the league season with an 11-5 record, tied for first place in AFC West and entered the playoffs for the 11th time since 1967. Raiders now have scored in 214 consecutive league games. December 28—Raiders defeat Houston, 27-7, in AFC Wild Card Playoff.
|Raiders Head Coach Tom Flores shows the nation that the Raiders are number one after winning their second Super Bowl.|
January 4—Raiders defeat Cleveland, 14-12, in AFC Playoff Game played in sub-zero weather to advance to Conference Championship. January 11—Raiders win AFC Championship against Chargers in San Diego, 34-27. January 25—Raiders win World Championship of Professional Football for second time in five years by downing Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10, in Super Bowl XV at the Superdome in New Orleans before a crowd of 75,500, plus a world-wide television audience of over 125 million. March 15—NFL owners meet in Hawaii. Rule changes adopted include prohibition against use of adhesive or slippery substances on the body, equipment or uniform of any player. April 28—With two first round draft choices for first time in club history, Raiders select Texas Tech defensive back Ted Watts and University of Washington offensive tackle Curt Marsh. August 1—Raider quarterback and place kicker George Blanda, leading scorer in both NFL and Raider history, is inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. August 2—Raiders players and staff receive World Championship rings in ceremony at Kaiser Center. September 20—Raiders score in 217th consecutive game, downing Seattle, 20-10. December 7—Raiders down Pittsburgh, 30-27, to run Monday Night Football record to 18-1-1.
April 27—Raiders select USC running back Marcus Allen, 1981 Heisman Trophy winner, in first round of draft. May 7—U.S. Federal District Court Jury unanimously finds for the Raiders and against the NFL on both the antitrust count and bad faith charges setting up court order to prevent Raiders from being illegally stopped from moving to Los Angeles. August 29—Los Angeles Raiders play first home preseason game in the L.A. Coliseum downing the Green Bay Packers, 24-3. September 12—Raiders open 23rd season with 23-17 win over defending Super Bowl Champion 49ers in San Francisco. November 22—After 57-day strike by NFL players, season resumes and Los Angeles Raiders finally play their first home league game, overcoming a 24-point deficit to defeat the San Diego Chargers, 28-24. December 12—Raiders down Chiefs in final seconds in Kansas City, 21-16, to clinch 17th winning season in last 18 years and earn 200th league win in club’s history. December 18—Raiders record first million-dollar home league game gate in NFL history while downing the Rams, 37-31.
January 2—In game added to original schedule as part of strike settlement, Raiders beat Chargers in San Diego, 41-34, to finish shortened 1982 league season with a league-best 8-1-0 record. Raiders win 10th Division Championship since 1967 and enter playoffs for the 12th time. January 8—Raiders triumph, 27-10, over Cleveland Browns in Coliseum in first round of playoffs and record 16th postseason game win since 1967. January 15—Record playoff gate established as 90,688 tickets issued for Raiders Coliseum playoff game against the Jets, won by New York, 17-14. Only 651 no-shows as home crowd of 90,037 is top non-Super Bowl attendance in recent years of NFL play. April 13—Federal District Court jury awards Los Angeles Raiders almost $35,000,000 in compensatory damages from NFL for anti-trust and bad faith violations. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum awarded nearly $15 million in damages in same decision. April 26—Raiders select USC offensive tackle Don Mosebar in first round of college draft. May 5—Raiders hold their first workouts at new Los Angeles area facility in El Segundo during off-season rookie camp. May 19—Raider veterans have initial opportunity to utilize team’s new facilities at first mini-camp held in Los Angeles. May 31—50,000 watt KRLA Radio becomes the flagship station of the expanding Raider Radio Network for 1983-85. July 15—Raiders open 1983 training camp at El Rancho Motel complex in Santa Rosa. July 22—California State Superior Court upholds the Raiders move to Los Angeles by ruling against City of Oakland and for the Raiders in Eminent Domain case heard in Monterey County. Court rules City does not have the right to acquire the Raiders through condemnation. August 6—Raiders begin 24th season of play in preseason opener against San Francisco in the L.A. Coliseum. September 4—Raiders open 24th season with 20-10 victory over Bengals in Cincinnati. September 17—E.W. McGah, courageous Raider General Partner and the only remaining original partner, who added stability and credibility to the franchise for three decades, dies at age 84. September 19—With 27-14 win over Miami in Coliseum, Raiders raise Monday Night Football record to an incredible 20-2-1. November 13—Raiders down Bills in final seconds in Buffalo, 27-24, to clinch 18th winning season in last 19 years.
|The quarterback-head coach combo of Jim Plunkett (left) and Tom Flores helped the Raiders win two Super Bowls.|
January 1—Raiders triumph, 38-10, over Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Playoff Game before AFC record playoff crowd (92,434 tickets issued). January 8—Raiders down Seattle Seahawks, 30-14, before largest championship game crowd in AFC history (92,335 tickets issued) to win 11th conference championship. January 22—Raiders win World Championship of Professional Football for third time in eight years by defeating Washington Redskins, 38-9, in Super Bowl XVIII at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida before crowd of 72,290 and a world-wide radio and television audience of over 125 million. January 24—World Champion Raiders presented with key to City of Los Angeles in ceremony on steps of City Hall before record crowd for sports celebration. February 28—Federal Court of Appeals upholds unanimous jury verdict for Raiders reached earlier in Federal District Court on both the anti-trust count and the bad faith charges. May 26—Raiders players and staff receive World Championship rings in ceremony at Beverly Hilton Hotel. July 16—California State Superior Court again upholds Raiders move to Los Angeles by ruling against City of Oakland and for the Raiders in Eminent Domain case. July 28—Former cornerback Willie Brown becomes third Raider player inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. September 2—Raiders open 25th anniversary season with 24-14 win over Oilers in Houston. September 16—Raiders down Chiefs in Kansas City, 22-20, to earn Tom Flores his 50th league win since becoming head coach in 1979. October 28—92,469 tickets issued for game against Denver in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum sets all-time Raider record. November 5—United States Supreme Court upholds Raider victory in antitrust case against the NFL by refusing to alter previous favorable decisions for the Raiders made by United States Federal Court of Appeals panel and United States Federal District Court jury. November 25—Raiders down Indianapolis Colts, 21-7, in Coliseum to clinch 19th winning season in last 20 years. December 9—Raiders assured of postseason playoff berth for 14th time in last 18 years. December 10—With 24-3 win over Detroit in Pontiac Silverdome, Raiders raise Monday Night Football record to an unparalleled 22-3-1. December 22—Raiders lose, 13-7, at Seattle in AFC Wild Card Playoff Game.
January 27—Eight Raiders play with victorious AFC All-Stars who down NFC, 22-14, in Pro Bowl in Honolulu. April 9—Raiders enter into agreement to hold preseason training camps in Oxnard. April 30—Raiders select Florida State wide receiver Jessie Hester in first round of college draft. July 18—Raiders open first Southern California preseason training camp in Oxnard. August 3— Raiders host first Family Day in Southern California before club record 12,000 fans at Oxnard High. September 3—Largest crowd in Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce sports banquet history turns out to honor Raiders prior to opening of season. September 8—Raiders open 26th season in Coliseum with 31-0 shutout of N.Y. Jets before largest first home crowd in team history. September 22—92,487 tickets issued for home game against San Francisco in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum sets all-time Raider ticket record and new NFL league game gate record. November 15—California State Court of Appeals rules in favor of the Raiders in the Eminent Domain case initiated by the City of Oakland. Court determines that Oakland’s “proposed exercise of eminent domain power would violate the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.” December 1—Raiders defeat Falcons, 34-24, in Atlanta to clinch 20th winning season in last 21 years. December 15—Raiders earn playoff berth for 15th time in last 19 years and fourth time in their four seasons in Los Angeles by downing Seattle, 13-3, in Coliseum. Win assures Raiders of 13th Western Division Championship or co-championship. December 23—With 16-6 win over Rams in Anaheim, Raiders raise league’s best Monday night record to 24-3-1. Victory gives Tom Flores his 70th league game win in seven years as Raiders head coach.
January 5—Raiders lose to New England, 27-20, in AFC Playoff Game before NFL postseason high of 89,289 in Coliseum. February 27—California State Supreme Court again upholds Raiders move to Los Angeles by refusing to alter previous favorable decision in State Court of Appeals for the Raiders and against City of Oakland in Eminent Domain case. April 29—Raiders select University of Pittsburgh defensive end Bob Buczkowski in first round of college draft. June 11— George Anderson, Raider head trainer since 1960, inducted into National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. June 30—U.S. Supreme Court upholds Raiders move to Los Angeles by refusing to alter prior series of favorable decisions in California state courts for Raiders and against City of Oakland in Eminent Domain case. October 12—Raiders defeat Seattle, 14-10, to record 200th league victory against an AFC team. November 2—Raiders set all-time club single game record with 92,496 tickets issued for home game against Denver. November 16—Raiders down Cleveland, 27-14, to win 50th league game since relocation to Los Angeles in 1982.
January 24—Former offensive guard Gene Upshaw becomes fourth Raider voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining center Jim Otto, quarterback-kicker George Blanda and cornerback Willie Brown. April 28—Raiders select Missouri offensive tackle John Clay in first round of college draft. July 22—Raiders open new training camp headquarters at Radisson Hotel in Oxnard. August 8—Former Raider offensive guard Gene Upshaw inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in ceremony at Canton, Ohio, with presentation speech made by Raider Owner-Managing General Partner Al Davis. September 13—Raiders open 28th league season with 20-0 shutout victory against Packers in Green Bay. November 30—Raiders become first NFL team to win 250 league games since 1960 by defeating Seattle, 37-14. Win raises Raiders Monday Night Football record to league-best 25-5-1. December 27—Ticket count of 86,011 for Raiders home game against Chicago is tops in NFL for 1987.
|Raiders wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff displays his new Hall of Fame ring.|
January 20—Tom Flores retires as Raiders head football coach after nine years and 91 wins including two World Championships. January 30—Former wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff becomes fifth Raider voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. February 29—Mike Shanahan named as head coach of the Raiders. April 24—Raiders have three first round draft choices for first time in club history, select Notre Dame wide receiver Tim Brown, University of Tennessee cornerback Terry McDaniel and University of Illinois defensive end Scott Davis. July 30—Former Raider wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in ceremony at Canton, Ohio with presentation speech made by Raider Owner-Managing General Partner Al Davis. September 26—Raiders defeat Broncos in overtime, 30-27, in Denver to run Monday Night Football record to 26-5-1. November 16—Raiders agree to settlement offer for damages from City of Oakland to complete victory in Eminent Domain case that began in 1980. December 18—Final game loss to Seahawks in Coliseum prevents Raiders from winning AFC Western Division title and being in playoffs.
January 21—Former 15-year offensive tackle Art Shell becomes sixth Raider voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining teammates center Jim Otto, quarterback-kicker George Blanda, cornerback Willie Brown, guard Gene Upshaw and wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff. March 4—Raiders agree to settlement offer for damages from National Football League to complete Federal Anti-Trust case won by Raiders over right to relocate. April 23—Raiders use second round choice obtained in draft-day trade with Dallas Cowboys to select Penn State guard Steve Wisniewski as Raiders top pick in 1989 college player draft. August 5—Former Raider offensive tackle Art Shell inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in ceremony in Canton, Ohio with presentation speech made by Raider Owner-Managing General Partner Al Davis. October 3—Art Shell named as head coach of Raiders, replacing Mike Shanahan who was released the previous day. October 9—Art Shell records first win as head coach with 14-7 victory over N.Y. Jets in Giants Stadium to run Monday Night Football record to 27-6-1. December 3— Raiders defeat Denver Broncos, 16-13, in overtime before 90,016, largest ticket count in NFL in 1989.
|Linebacker Ted Hendricks becomes the seventh Raider to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.|
January 27—Ted Hendricks, who wore the Silver and Black from 1975-83, becomes seventh Raider voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. April 22—Raiders select Arizona defensive end Anthony Smith in first round of college draft. August 4—Ted Hendricks inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in ceremony in Canton, Ohio, with presentation speech made by Raider Owner Al Davis. August 5—Raiders play New Orleans Saints in historic Wembley Stadium in London in first Raider preseason game ever in a foreign country. September 9—Raiders open 31st season and ninth in Los Angeles with 14-9 win over Denver Broncos in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum for the Silver and Black's 150th home league game victory. December 10—Win over Detroit, 38-31, in Pontiac Silverdome earns Raiders their 275th league game victory—most by any NFL team since 1960. December 30—Win over San Diego Chargers, 17-12, in Coliseum earns Raiders their 14th AFC Division Championship and 16th season in the playoffs.
January 13—Raiders defeat Cincinnati Bengals, 20-10, to record 20th postseason victory. Coliseum ticket count of 92,488 is largest in NFL for the ’90 season. April 21—Raiders select University of Southern California quarterback Todd Marinovich in first round of college player draft. May 24—Raider Owner Al Davis presented first NFL Players Association Award of Excellence “for his contributions to the men who played the game.” August 4—Raiders pay first visit to Japan to play preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. September 29—Raiders defeat San Francisco, 12-6, before 92,488 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, top ticket count in NFL for 1991.
|Raiders Owner Al Davis poses with his Hall of Fame bust in 1992.|
January 25—Raiders owner-leader Al Davis voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. February 2— Eight Raider players, as many as any other NFL team, play in Pro Bowl in Honolulu. April 26— Raiders select Clemson defensive lineman Chester McGlockton in first round of draft. August 1—Raiders owner-leader Al Davis inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in ceremony in Canton, Ohio, with presentation speech made by former Raiders head coach and now TV analyst John Madden. August 8—Los Angeles Raiders begin second decade of play since relocating from Oakland on the road with preseason game against the 49ers in San Francisco.
February 7—Raider cornerback Terry McDaniel, who along with defensive lineman Howie Long represented the Raiders, scoops up fumble and returns it 27 yards for touchdown to lead AFC over NFC in Pro Bowl in Honolulu. February 17—Renovation begins on Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to provide more "intimate" facility for Raiders and their fans. Stadium capacity will be reduced from NFL-high 92,488 to 67,800. April 25—Raiders select Texas A&M safety Patrick Bates in the first round of college player draft. September 5—Raiders play first game in renovated Coliseum, beating Minnesota Vikings, 24-7, in 1993 NFL league season opener.
January 2—In front of a sellout crowd of 67,800 at the Coliseum, the Raiders overcome a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to beat Denver, 33-30, in overtime to qualify for the playoffs for the 18th time. January 9—The Raiders, in front of another sellout at the Coliseum, beat Denver for the third time during the 1993 season in the AFC Wild Card Playoff, 42-24. January 15—The Raiders, playing in sub-zero temperatures in Buffalo, narrowly lose to the Bills, 29-23, falling one win short of the AFC Championship Game. April 24—The Raiders select Michigan State linebacker Rob Fredrickson in the first round of the 1994 college player draft. July 31—The Silver and Black travel overseas for their third American Bowl in five years to play in Barcelona, Spain against Denver. The game was played in Montjuic Stadium, the site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1992 Summer Olympics.
February 2—Mike White becomes 10th head coach in 35-year history of the Raiders, replacing Art Shell. April 22—The Raiders select University of Washington running back Napoleon Kaufman in the first round of the 1995 draft. June 23—Letter of intent is signed between the Raiders and the Oakland Coliseum. August 7—Agreement is signed during ceremony held in locker room at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Coliseum representatives declared a sold out stadium for 1995 and Board President George Vukasin stated that the Raiders will enjoy “sellouts” for decades to come. August 12—Raiders play first home preseason game after relocating to Oakland against St. Louis Rams at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. September 3—Raiders kick off their 23rd league season in Oakland with a 1995 home opener against defending AFC Champion San Diego Chargers.
March 27—Raiders announce plans to hold summer training camp in Napa, Calif. with team being housed at the Napa Marriott Hotel and practices held on the grounds of the adjacent Redwood Middle School. April 20—The Raiders select Ohio State tight end Rickey Dudley in the first round of the 1996 draft. June 17—Raiders move into Alameda facility, just one mile from the team’s old training facility on Doolittle Drive. “This is the final step in a tremendous process of relocating the organization. This state-of-the-art facility will provide the Raiders organization a positive, winning environment. When completed, this facility will be the finest in all of professional sports and will provide a solid base for years to come, as the true greatness of the Raiders is in its future.” July 12—Raiders open training camp in Napa. July 27—Raiders open 1996 preseason versus Cowboys in Dallas. September 1 —Raiders open their 37th league season of pro football with inaugural league contest in Baltimore versus Ravens. September 15—Raiders open 1996 home league schedule against Jacksonville in newly-renovated Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
January 25—Former defensive back Mike Haynes becomes the ninth Raider voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. January 30—Raiders name Joe Bugel — whose coaching career has spanned four decades — as head coach. Bugel, 56, becomes the 11th head coach in the organization’s 37 years of professional football competition. Bugel is a veteran of over 30 years of coaching, including 21 in the NFL and the last two with the Silver and Black as the team’s assistant head coach/offense. February 2—Three Raiders play in Pro Bowl in Honolulu: wide receiver Tim Brown, cornerback Terry McDaniel and defensive tackle Chester McGlockton. March 31—The Raiders moved up eight spots in the first round of the NFL Draft, acquiring the second overall selection in a trade with the New Orleans Saints. April 19—Raiders select USC defensive lineman Darrell Russell in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft. May 8—The Silver and Black and Susquehanna Radio Corp. announce that Raider games will be carried on “The Ticket,” 1050 AM, the Bay Area’s newest all-sports radio station. July 19—Raiders open second year of training camp based in Napa, Calif. July 26—Former Raider cornerback Mike Haynes inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in ceremony in Canton, Ohio. August 31—Silver and Black open their 38th league season of pro football and 25th year as Oakland Raiders with inaugural league contest vs. the Tennessee Oilers in Memphis. September 8 —Raiders open 1997 home league schedule on Monday Night against Kansas City Chiefs at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. December 21—Tim Brown passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff for the top spot on the Raiders all-time receiving list after catching a 20-yard pass from Jeff George in the first quarter of Raiders-Jacksonville contest. Biletnikoff, the Raiders receivers coach, had 589 career catches. Brown also set a Raiders record for receptions in a single game against Jacksonville with 14, breaking his own record of 12 on Nov. 19, 1995 against Dallas.
January 22—Jon Gruden named as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Gruden, 34, becomes the youngest head coach presently employed in the NFL and the third-youngest in the history of the Silver and Black. Raiders owner Al Davis was 33 when he was named head coach and general manager in 1963 while John Madden was 32 when he was promoted to head coach in 1969. February 1—Three Raiders play in Pro Bowl: wide receiver Tim Brown, defensive tackle Chester McGlockton and guard Steve Wisniewski. April 19—Raiders select Michigan defensive back Charles Woodson with the fourth overall pick in the 1998 draft. Woodson is the first primarily defensive player to ever win the Heisman. The Raiders made a draft day trade to acquire Tampa Bay’s first round pick and select Florida tackle Mo Collins. July 21—Raiders open training camp in Napa, Calif. August 8—Raiders open 1998 preseason in Dallas vs. Cowboys. September 6—Raiders open league season on the road with Sunday night contest in Kansas City against Chiefs. December 26—Raiders play regular season finale vs. their season opening opponent, Kansas City, this time at Network Associates Coliseum.
February 7—Two Raider players — second-year defensive tackle Darrell Russell and rookie cornerback Charles Woodson — play in the NFC-AFC Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. April 17— Raiders select University of Georgia offensive lineman Matt Stinchcomb in the first round of the National Football League Draft. July 23—Raiders open training camp in Napa, Calif. August 7— Raiders open 1999 preseason in St. Louis vs. Rams. Former Raider running back Eric Dickerson is inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in ceremony in Canton, Ohio. September 12—Raiders open 40th regular season in Green Bay vs. Packers.
February 6—Three Raider players, quarterback Rich Gannon, defensive tackle Darrell Russell and cornerback Charles Woodson, play in the NFC-AFC Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. Another Raider, Tim Brown, was voted to his eighth Pro Bowl (which ties a Raiders record) but did not play. April 15—Raiders select Florida State placekicker Sebastian Janikowski in the first round of the NFL Draft. July 21—Raiders open training camp in Napa, Calif. July 29—Former Raider greats Howie Long and Ronnie Lott inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio ceremony. August 5—Raiders open 2000 preseason in St. Louis vs. Super Bowl champion Rams. September 3—Raiders open 41st regular season at home vs. San Diego Chargers.
January 6—Raiders, AFC West Champs and following a bye, defeat Miami Dolphins 27-0 in Divisional Playoff game at Network Associates Coliseum. January 14—Raiders host AFC Championship Game vs. Baltimore Ravens. February 4—Four Raider players — quarterback Rich Gannon, cornerback Charles Woodson, and offensive linemen Lincoln Kennedy and Steve Wisniewski — play for victorious AFC in Pro Bowl at Honolulu, Hawaii that was coached by Jon Gruden and his Raiders assistants. Gannon is also named the game’s MVP. April 21—Raiders select Florida State defensive back Derrick Gibson in the first round of the NFL Draft. July 20— Raiders open training camp in Napa, Calif. August 4—Raiders open 2001 preseason vs. Dallas Cowboys at Network Associates Coliseum. August 27—Raiders face Cowboys in Monday Night American Bowl preseason contest in Mexico City. September 9—Raiders open 42nd regular season in Kansas City vs. Chiefs.
January 12—Raiders, AFC West Champs for the second straight year, defeat New York Jets, 38-24, in Wild Card Playoff game at Network Associates Coliseum. January 19—Raiders lose controversial Divisional Playoff Game to New England Patriots, 16-13, in overtime. February 9—Five Raider players — wide receiver Tim Brown, quarterback Rich Gannon, cornerback Charles Woodson, offensive lineman Lincoln Kennedy and punter Shane Lechler — play for victorious AFC in Pro Bowl at Honolulu. Gannon is named the game’s MVP for the second straight year. March 12—Offensive Coordinator Bill Callahan is named as the 13th head coach in Raiders history. April 20—Raiders select Miami defensive back Phillip Buchanon and Northwestern linebacker Napoleon Harris in the first round of the National Football League Draft. July 25—Raiders open training camp in Napa, Calif. August 3—Raiders Legend Dave Casper is inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in ceremony at Canton, Ohio. August 9—Raiders open 2002 preseason against Cowboys in Dallas. September 8—Raiders open 43rd regular season of pro football competition against the Seattle Seahawks at Network Associates Coliseum. September 15—Rich Gannon sets an NFL record for most completions in non-overtime game with 43 during 30-17 win at Pittsburgh. September 29—With 151 yards during 52-25 win over Tennessee, Jerry Rice becomes the NFL’s all-time leader in yards from scrimmage. In same game, Rod Woodson returns interception 82 yards for score to become NFL leader for most career interception return yards. November 11—Rich Gannon set NFL record for consecutive completions with 21 during 34-10 win at Denver. November 17—Tim Brown breaks Gene Upshaw’s (217) Raiders record for most games played in Silver and Black. November 24—Raiders reached 400-win mark in regular and postseason contests with 41-20 win over Arizona. December 2—Tim Brown joins Raiders teammate Jerry Rice and Cris Carter as only the third player in NFL history to catch 1,000 passes during 26-20 win over N.Y. Jets. December 22—Raiders clinch third straight AFC West title with 28-16 win over Denver. After connecting on 18 passes in that game, Rich Gannon sets new NFL single season completions record (404).
|Raiders QB Rich Gannon calls a play during the 2002 AFC Championship game against the Tennessee Titans.|
January 19—Raiders record 25th postseason victory — most of any AFC team — in 41-24 win over Tennessee for AFC Championship before second-largest crowd (62,544) in Oakland postseason history. January 26—Raiders become only team in pro football history to play in Super Bowls in four different decades with appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego. February 2—Four Raiders — quarterback Rich Gannon, tackle Lincoln Kennedy, wide receiver Jerry Rice and safety Rod Woodson — play in Pro Bowl in Honolulu. April 19—Raiders select defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha and defensive lineman Tyler Brayton in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. September 7—Raiders open 44th season in a nationally televised game at Tennessee against the Titans.
January 26—The Raiders name Norv Turner Head Coach. January 31—Bob Brown was selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. April 24—Raiders select offensive tackle Robert Gallery in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. May 7—The Raiders accept an offer to have its 2004 games broadcast on KSFO 560 AM, the Bay Area's Talk Leader. KSFO 560 AM, the popular Bay Area talk radio station, will serve as the anchor for the multi-state, multi-station Raiders Radio Network. Raider broadcasts will include extensive pre-and post-game shows as well as Raiders-specific programming during the week. July 30—Raiders open training camp in Napa, Calif. August 7—Bob Brown becomes 15th Raider to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. August 14—Raiders open preseason play on road vs. San Francisco 49ers. September 12—Raiders begin 45th season of pro football competition with regular season opener against Steelers in Pittsburgh. September 19—Raiders begin home slate vs. Buffalo.
February 12—Defensive end Derrick Burgess, among the top free agent acquisitions in the NFL, represents the Raiders in the Pro Bowl. Burgess led the NFL in sacks with a team-record 16. April 24—Raiders select cornerback Fabian Washington in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. July 28—Raiders open training camp in Napa, Calif. August 13—Raiders open preseason play on road vs. San Francisco 49ers. September 8—Raiders begin 46th season of pro football competition with regular season opener vs. Patriots in New England in Thursday night NFL inaugural contest for 2005. September 18—Raiders begin home slate against Kansas City.
February 10— Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Shell returns for his second stint as Raiders Head Coach. April 29— Raiders select University of Texas defensive back Michael Huff in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. July 24—Raiders open training camp in Napa, Calif. August 5—John Madden, former Raiders head coach and present leading pro football television analyst, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with presentation speech made by Raider Owner Al Davis. August 6—Raiders open preseason play in Hall of Fame game vs. Philadelphia in Canton, Ohio. September 11—Raiders begin 47th season of pro football competition with regular season opener versus San Diego Chargers in nationally televised prime time-contest on ESPN at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland.
January 23—Lane Kiffin introduced as new Raiders head coach. April 28—Raiders select LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell with the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. July 26—Raiders open training camp in Napa. August 11—Raiders open preseason vs. Arizona Cardinals at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland. September 9—Raiders begin 48th season of pro football competition with regular season opener vs. Detroit Lions at McAfee Coliseum. December 2—Raiders record 400th all-time regular season victory with 34-20 win over Denver Broncos at McAfee Coliseum.
April 26—Raiders select Arkansas running back Darren McFadden in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. July 24—Raiders open training camp in Napa. August 8—Raiders open preseason vs. San Francisco 49ers at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland. September 8—Raiders begin 49th season of pro football competition with regular season opener on Monday Night vs. Denver Broncos at McAfee Coliseum. September 30—Tom Cable introduced as Raiders interim head coach. October 19—Sebastian Janikowski sets a franchise and NFL overtime record by kicking a 57-yard field goal to beat the New York Jets, 16-13. November 9—Sebastian Janikowski becomes Raiders all-time scoring leader, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer George Blanda’s franchise mark of 863 career points.
February 4—Raiders name Tom Cable permanent head coach. February 8—Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and punter Shane Lechler represent the Raiders at the Pro Bowl. April 26—Raiders select Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. July 29—Raiders open training camp in Napa. August 8—Former Raiders safety Rod Woodson inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. August 13—Raiders open preseason vs. Dallas Cowboys at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. September 14—Raiders begin 50th season of pro football competition with regular season opener on Monday Night vs. San Diego Chargers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
January 3—Sebastian Janikowski reaches 1,000 career points with a 39-yard field goal against the Baltimore Ravens. January 31—Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, long snapper Jon Condo and punter Shane Lechler represent the Raiders at the Pro Bowl. April 22—Raiders select Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. July 28—Raiders open training camp in Napa. August 7—Former Raiders wide receiver Jerry Rice inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. August 12—Raiders open preseason against the Dallas Cowboys on the road. September 12—Raiders begin 51st season of pro football competition at Tennessee. September 19—Raiders open home slate against St. Louis Rams at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. October 24—Raiders break or tie franchise records for points (59), touchdowns (eight) and rushing touchdowns (five) in a 59-14 win at Denver. December 26—Sebastian Janikowski breaks the Raiders franchise record for points in a season, eclipsing the mark of 135 points set by Jeff Jaeger in 1993; KR Jacoby Ford returns the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, setting a franchise single-season and career record with three touchdown returns in 2010.
Jan. 2—Raiders conclude sweep of AFC West opponents with 31-10 victory at Kansas City. Jan. 18—Hue Jackson named head coach of Raiders. Sept. 12—Raiders begin 52nd season of pro football competition on Monday Night Football at Denver; K Sebastian Janikowski ties NFL record and breaks own franchise mark by kicking 63-yard field goal. Oct. 8—Raiders owner Al Davis, a pro football pioneer, trailblazer, maverick and giant, passes away at age 81 after leading the franchise for half a century. Oct. 9—Raiders defeat Houston Texans, 25-20, in first game without the franchise’s leader. Oct. 18—Days after QB Jason Campbell breaks collarbone, team acquires QB Carson Palmer from Cincinnati for two draft choices. Nov.27—Janikowski sets Raiders record and ties NFL mark with six field goals in the victory, while P Shane Lechler snaps a franchise mark with an 80-yard punt.
Jan. 10—New owner Mark Davis names as new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, first individual hired by franchise for that position since Al Davis in 1963. A former Raiders player, McKenzie served in a player personnel capacity with the Green Bay Packers for 18 years. Jan. 29—LS Jon Condo, K Sebastian Janikowski, P Shane Lechler and DT Richard Seymour represent Raiders at the Pro Bowl. Jan. 30—Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen introduced as Raiders head coach; Allen is NFL’s youngest head coach. Sept. 23—Raiders post first victory under Dennis Allen, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-31, at O.co Coliseum. Dec. 2—TE Brandon Myers ties a franchise record with 14 receptions vs. Cleveland.
Jan. 27—FB Marcel Reece represents the Raiders at the Pro Bowl, having earned his first career selection to the AFC squad.