Al Davis became head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 1963. He took control of a team that had gone 9-33-0 in its first three seasons and quickly turned them around, leading the Raiders to a 10-4 record in his first year, and, in the process, earning American Football League Coach of the Year honors.
In 1980, Jim Otto became the first Oakland Raider to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Otto played center for the Raiders from 1960-1974, during which time the Raiders won seven division championships and two AFL Championships. He played in nine AFL All-Star games and, after the AFL/NFL merger, in three Pro Bowls. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon was named NFL MVP in 2002 -- a season in which he completed 418 of 618 passes for 4,689 yards and 26 touchdowns. Gannon led the Raiders to their fifth Super Bowl appearance that year, where they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-21.
Fred Biletnikoff, who made four key receptions, was named MVP of Super Bowl XI. Other key players in the game were running back Clarence Davis who rushed for 137 yards and cornerback Willie Brown who returned an interception 75 yards for the game-clinching touchdown.