While the Raiders may be moving home cities again, this time from Oakland to Las Vegas, that doesn't take away from the franchise's incredible history over the years. Dating back to their 1960 inception in the AFL, the Raiders are one of the greatest organizations in the history of pro football.
That long history has also given them plenty of time to rack up some interesting records. Here are three of the most surprising.
Raiders NFL Records
1. Sebastian Janikowski: Longest Field Goal Attempt in NFL History (76 Yards)
A folk legend in Raiders circles, Sebastian Janikowski managed to overcome the fact that he was a kicker shockingly selected with the No. 17 overall pick in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft and still become a fan favorite. Janikowski's huge leg made him a ton of fun to watch, even if he wasn't always especially consistent, and he hit at least one field goal of 55-plus yards in 11 of his 18 pro seasons. The most ridiculous play came in a 2008 game against the San Diego Chargers, though, when the Raiders let him attempt an absurd 76-yard field goal to end the first half. He came up well short on a kick that would have shattered the current NFL record for longest made field goal by 12 yards.
2. Jim Otto: Most First-Team All-Pro Selections (10)
There are only two players in NFL history with double-digit first-Team All-Pro selections. The more recent of the two is no surprise — it's Jerry Rice. The other is all-time great Raiders center Jim Otto. Otto played in 210 games for the Raiders from 1960 to 1974, and he earned the honors in 10 of his first 11 seasons. He was an AFL first-team All-Pro in nine of his first 10 selections before earning the 10th and final recognition as a member of the NFL after the 1970 merger.
3. John Madden: Best Average Divisional Finish for a Coach
Looking at any head coach with at least three years of NFL experience, none led their team to a better average finish in the division standings than legendary head coach John Madden and the Raiders, at an average place of 1.3. Across a full decade in Oakland, Madden's Raiders never finished worse than second in their division, which happened just three times. They were first in each of the other seven seasons. His career .759 win percentage is also the second best in NFL history, edging out Vince Lombardi's .738. The only coach with a better percentage was Guy Chamberlin, with a mark of .784 in his six NFL seasons coached in the 1920s.
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