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Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders are a professional American football team in the NFL based in the city of Oakland, California. They currently play in the Western Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). After the yet-unnamed Minneapolis expansion team accepted an offer to join the established NFL instead of the American Football League (AFL), the city of Oakland was granted their position in the league and inherited their inaugural draft selections. The Raiders began play in 1960 as the eighth charter member of the American Football League. During their first three seasons, the Raiders struggled both on and off the field. In 1963, Al Davis was brought to the team as head coach and general manager, and from 1963 until 2002 the team had only seven losing seasons. As members of the AFL they won one league championship (1967), three division titles (1967, 1968, 1969), and appeared in one Super Bowl (II). The team joined the NFL in 1970 as part of the AFL–NFL merger. Since joining the NFL, the Raiders have won twelve division titles, three Super Bowls (XI, XV, XVIII), and appeared in one other Super Bowl (XXXVII). Thirteen former players have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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