To be honest, they were called the Los Angeles Raiders back then. They were coached by Tom Flores, their quarterback was Jim Plunkett, defensive end Howie Long and linebacker Ted Hendricks were taking out quarterbacks, and running back Marcus Allen was “Running with the night.” Let’s not forget some of the bigger names in the cast of characters: Jack Squirek, Rod Martin, Matt Millen, Lyle Alzado, Greg Townsend, Dave Stalls, Todd Christensen, Ray Guy, Chris Bahr, Lester Hayes, Mike Haynes, Kenny Hill, Mike Davis, Don Mosebar, Dave Dalby, Bruce Davis, Cliff Branch, Dokie Williams, and I think I’ve made my point. It was a great team.
In 1983 I was a whopping 11 years old, but I can remember that game like yesterday. What a great performance by a dominant Raiders team. This game was dubbed “Black Sunday.” Why, because the black jersey’d Raiders strolled into the Super Bowl as under-dogs, and they took what they wanted from the heavily favored Redskins team. I have two very memorable moments in that Super Bowl. Number one was at the end of the 2nd quarter. The Skins trailed the Raiders 14-3. The Skins were backed up against their end zone at the 10 yard line, QB-Joe Theisman dropped back to throw a short screen pass to his receiver on the left side of the field. LB-Jack Squirek came out of nowhere and snatched the ball out of the air scoring a touchdown to end the second quarter. It was so exciting, but here’s the video just in case you can’t remember that feeling:
Then, the dagger was thrust into the Redskins by none other than Marcus Allen himself on the last play of the third quarter. On a play that should have never evolved to nothing more than a loss or just a 1-2 yard gain, Allen made history by reversing his field, avoiding a couple of tacklers, and running into the history books for a 74-yard touchdown. I could sit here and dazzle you with a bunch of football jargon to make this as pretty as it was, but the great Raiders TE-Todd Christensen has a more fluid and eloquent way with words than I do. He, along with RB-Marcus Allen and DE-Howie Long, explain how this play took place from the eyes and memories of three players that were on the field that day. If you don’t believe me, watch the video below:
For those who needed a history lesson, I hope this expands your knowledge of the Raiders. Again, it’s just a little piece of history from a fan who got to live it. A very proud moment in the history of the Raiders. I remember the exhilaration like it was yesterday. I long for this feeling again. Soon I hope, soon.