The Oakland Raiders are an all-time franchise when it comes to professional sports, and in this piece, we created an all-time 53-man roster.
Three Super Bowl titles. Countless Hall of Famers. The history of the Oakland Raiders is one of the more decorated of any team in the history of professional sports. Throughout the franchise’s 58-year history, there have been plenty of immortal players, and as a life-long fan of the team, I thought it fun to try and put together an all-time 53-man roster.
The Raiders franchise was born on January 30, 1960, and the team played in the Western Division of the AFL from 1960-69. Since heading to the NFL for the 1970 season, the Raiders have played in the AFC, and have called the AFC West their home division.
Starting out in Oakland, the franchise moved to Los Angeles for the 1982 season, and stayed there until 1994. Since then, they have returned to the Bay Area, but will once again move in a few years, as they make their trek to become the Las Vegas Raiders for the 2020 season.
From Al Davis to John Madden, and Jim Otto to Charles Woodson, the Raiders have produced some of the more colorful personalities in NFL history. In addition, Raider Nation is one of the best fan bases in the world, as the loyalty to the Silver and Black crosses time zones.
While putting together the all-time team, the roster is broken down in this way, which is a pretty standard way for 53-man rosters to be constructed:
Running Backs (4)
Wide Receivers (6)
Tight Ends (3)
Offensive Line (9)
Defensive Line (9)
Defensive Backs (10)
Long Snapper (1)
That makes 53 men, and when you look at the history of this storied franchise, it was very hard to leave some amazing players out. But for the purpose of this piece, we are constructing an actual roster, not just naming the best 53 players in the history of the franchise.
With that said, let us begin with the signal-callers.