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About The Oakland Raiders
Presently members of the Western Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL), the Oakland Raiders are a professional team based in Oakland, California. In legal terms, the club is a limited partnership operated by Al Davis, who serves as president of the team's general partner, A.D. Football, Inc.
The Raiders came into existence in 1960 as the eighth charter member of the American Football League after the ownership group from Minnesota withdrew from the AFL to join the NFL.
They later joined the NFL themselves in 1970 as part of the AFL-NFL Merger. When Davis moved the team from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1982, the team became known as the Los Angeles Raiders, but they returned to Oakland in 1995. The Raiders play at Network Associates Coliseum in Alameda, California, and their team colors are silver and black. The Raiders have one AFL title (1967) and three Super Bowls (1976, 1980, 1983) under their belt.
The Raiders showed remarkable consistency team from the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s when they reached the playoffs 15 times and won four NFL or American Football League (AFL) titles in 19 seasons. By virtue of being AFL champions, they played in the second Super Bowl in 1968, and lost to the Green Bay Packers. When John Madden was head coach from 1969 to1978, the Raiders played in seven league or conference championship games and won one Super Bowl. During 1980-1993 the team reached the postseason eight times, winning the Super Bowl twice. The Raiders hold the distinction of being the only team that appeared in at least one Super Bowl each decade during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
After joining the AFL as a charter member in 1960, the Raiders spent its first three seasons changing stadiums and losing games. Al Davis reorganized the Raiders, and the team improved its performance. Four years later, the club won the 1967 AFL title under head coach John Rauch. They reached the AFL Championship Game under Rauch in 1968 and again in 1969, this time under John Madden, who had taken over as head coach. The 32-year-old Madden, the youngest AFL coach at that time, was named AFL coach of the year in 1969.
Joining the NFL in 1970, the Raiders became known as one of the most intimidating teams in the presence of center Jim Otto and offensive linemen Art Shell and Gene Upshaw, who fiercely protected quarterbacks George Blanda and Kenny Stabler. The Raiders returned to Oakland in 1995, as fan support in Los Angeles reached an all-time low and disagreements over renovations of the Los Angeles Coliseum continued between the city and Davis. However, the club still remained near the bottom of the division through the mid- and late 1990s.