Raiders.com, the official website of the Oakland Raiders is filled with interesting facts and figures about the Silver and Black. Looking back into Raider history, here are the Raiders' longest plays:
Longest Rushing Plays92 yards - Bo Jackson - 11/5/89 against Cincinnati
91 yards - Bo Jackson - 11/30/87 in Seattle
89 yards - Kenny King - 12/16/90 against Cincinnati
After four years with the Oakland Raiders, Jackson put up some amazing stats. 2,782 yards rushing with 16 touchdowns.
Longest Passing Plays99 yards - Jim Plunkett to Cliff Branch - 10/2/83 in Washington
94 yards - George Blanda to Warren Wells - 11/10/68 in Denver
93 yards - Tom Flores to Dobie Craig - 10/20/63 against New York
Aside from reminding the Raider nation that Tom Flores was once a great quarterback, I think these stats show how bad the Raiders need a superstar quarterback. The number four longest pass was from Marc Wilson to Marcus Allen in 1984, but the number five is a 90 yarder from 1962.
Longest Field Goals63 yards - Sebastian Janikowski - 9/12/11 in Denver
61 yards - Sebastian Janikowski - 12/27/09 in Cleveland
59 yards - Sebastian Janikowski - 12/26/10 against Indianpolis
This category is all about Sebastian Janikowski and I think it shows what an incredible, dominant player he is, within his own position.
Longest Kickoff Returns104 yards - Ira Matthews - 10/25/79 against San Diego
102 yards - Harold Hart - 9/22/75 in Miami
101 yards - Jacoby Ford - 11/28/10 against Miami
Jacoby Ford is also fourth and fifth on the list with returns of 101 yards in 2011 and a 99 yarder in 2010.
Longest Punt Returns97 yards - Greg Pruitt - 10/2/83 in Washington
93 yards - Johnnie Lee Higgins - 11/16/08 in Miami
89 yards - Johnnie Lee Higgins - 11/23/08 in Denver
Longest Fumble Returns104 yards - Jack Tatum - 9/24/72 in Green Bay
96 yards - Charles Phillips - 10/8/78 against Houston
77 yards - Rod Martin - 11/18/84 against Kansas City
Jack Tatum, truly a Raider legend, returned a fumble from inside the Packers' end zone for the NFL's longest fumble recovery (the record was tied by another player in 2000).
Longest Interception Returns102 yards - Eddie Anderson - 12/14/92 in Miami
100 yards - Chris Carr - 10/29/06 against Pittsburgh
98 yards - Rod Woodson - 11/11/02 in Denver
With the fourth longest return in 1984 and the fifth in 1998, I'm surprised we don't see more long returns from the classic Oakland Raider teams of the 1960s and 70s.
Although born and raised with Eagles fans in Philadelphia, Freddy Sherman has always been a citizen of Raider Nation at heart. Since his dad got him a signed George Blanda football as child, to meeting Lyle Alzado in the 1980s, he hasn't looked back. Follow him on twitter @thefredsherman
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