1980 Oakland Raiders jersey ranked No. 4 all-time
By Brad Weiss
In a recent list by FanSided.com ranking the top-100 jerseys of all-time, the 1980 Oakland Raiders black jersey came in at No. 4 overall.
It is officially Super Bowl week, and while the Raiders will not be representing the AFC in the big game, it does not mean that they have not been in the news. Between all the stories about Vegas hosting the NFL Draft, and rumors about Tom Brady heading to Sin City, the Raiders have had their fair share of headlines.
As we enter Super Bowl week, there has been a lot of rankings being published, from all-time teams, to best Super Bowl performances. For the Raiders, they are woven into the history of the NFL, so it is never a big surprise when they pop up on these lists.
Matt Verderame of FanSided.com recently ranked the top-100 NFL jerseys of all-time, and it is no big surprise that the Raiders came in the top-10. In fact, the 1980 Oakland Raiders black jersey landed at No. 4 on the list, and what a year that was for the Silver and Black.
During that magical 1980 season, the Raiders made a two-game improvement from the year before, finishing up at 11-5 in the regular season. They would make the playoffs as a Wild Card team, beating the Houston Oilers, and former star quarterback Kenny Stabler 27-7 in the Wild Card Round.
In a defensive battle in the Divisional Round, Oakland shocked the Cleveland Browns by the score of 14-12 in frigid temperatures, punching their ticket to the AFC title game. Led by quarterback Jim Plunkett, the Silver and Black beat division rival San Diego in the AFC Championship Game, as Plunkett threw for two scores, and ran another in.
After beating the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl for their second title ever, the Raiders became the first Wild Card team in history to win it all. Plunkett threw for three scores in the game, including a Super Bowl record 80-yarder to Kenny King, whose son Kenny Jr. just happens to be a contributor for our website.
Based on the incredible year that was for the Raiders, it is only fitting the jerseys they wore would be considered top-4 all-time.
In addition to the 1980 jersey, the 1968 Oakland Raiders uniform came in at No. 31, and that was a solid look with the silver numbers. The Raiders went 12-2 that season, but ended up losing to the New York Jets in the AFL Championship Game, a team that ended up beating the Colts in the Super Bowl thanks to Joe Namath‘s guarantee.