The Oakland Raiders will be around for at least two more seasons, but NFL owners signed the team’s death certificate on Monday when they voted to allow the franchise to move to Las Vegas.
Oakland owner Mark Davis said on Monday that the Raiders would continue to play at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in the 2017 and 2018 seasons while the team’s new facility is being built in Las Vegas.
The Raiders have played 44 seasons in Oakland, and with the countdown underway for the team’s departure, NFL Network put together a video of the top 10 moments in Oakland Raiders’ history.
Not surprisingly, quarterback Ken Stabler figures prominently in Oakland’s biggest highlights.
The former Foley High School and Alabama star was the Raiders’ starting quarterback from 1973 through 1979. In Stabler’s first five seasons as the starter, Oakland reached at least the AFC championship game annually.
Stabler is included in five of the top seven moments on the NFL Network’s list. Three “games with names” are included – the Holy Roller, Ghost to the Post and Sea of Hands – along with the Oakland’s breakthrough victory over Pittsburgh in the 1976 AFC championship game and the Raiders’ victory in Super Bowl XI.
Stabler was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Class of 2016.
The top 10 moments also include a touchdown catch by former West Alabama standout Seth Roberts to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime during the Raiders’ march in 2016 to the team’s first postseason berth since 2002.