Las Vegas Raiders Uniform History

The Las Vegas Raiders uniform may be one of the most consistent looks in the NFL today, but it wasn’t always this way. This article will show you the radical change that took place early in the team’s existence and the evolution of the uniform throughout the decades.

1960

The team originally known as the Oakland Senores (though they never played under that moniker) debuted with plain, black helmets, white facemasks, black home jerseys with white numbering and gold outlines along with gold jersey stripes and white outlines. The white pants consisted of gold and black trim while the black socks held similar striping to the sleeves.

The white road jerseys had black numbers, gold outlines, white pants with black and gold trim, along with sleeves and socks with a black striping pattern with gold trim.

The shoes were black and the players’ full names donned the nameplates on both uniforms. The numbering font was a unique gothic font, which can be seen here.

1962

The Raiders added a single gold stripe to the helmet crown and changed their facemasks from white to gray. The name plates and numbering on the home jersey was now gold numbering and striping. The road uniform ditched the gold outlines. The font on both jerseys changed to a more traditional block form. Meanwhile, the black socks paired with the home black jerseys now consisted of simply gold stripes while the white socks on the road uniform consisted of black stripes.

1963

The Raiders made a drastic uniform change, which now more closely resembled what the team wears today. The home jersey was still black but with now-familiar silver numbers and TV numbers at the sleeve. The pants were silver with a single black stripe, and the black socks were now solid.

The road jerseys now featured silver numbers with black outlines along with TV numbers on the sleeve. The nameplate on this jersey was black.

The helmet logo was now the familiar Raider logo seen today except with a silver background. The helmet shell was also silver along with a single black stripe running down the crown.

An alternate uniform consisted of a white jersey with black numbering and nameplates. An alternate set of black socks consisted of silver Northwestern stripes.

1964

The helmet logo now consisted of its current black background while the Northwestern stripes became primary on the road uniform socks.

1965

The numbering on the white jersey was now black and the team abandoned the Northwestern-striped socks on the road uniform.

1970

The Raiders returned to road jerseys featuring silver numbering and black outlines.

1971

The team returned to black numbering on the white jersey.

1972

The Raiders added silver outlines to the numbering on the road uniform.

1974

The Raiders switched to white shoes.

1984

The team adopted a 25th anniversary patch for the pants.

1994

The team adopted 1963 throwbacks for select weekends as the NFL celebrated its 75th anniversary, which was ironically the 35th anniversary for the AFL.

2009

The Raiders again adopted 1963 throwbacks for select weekends as the AFL celebrated its 50th anniversary. Along with the throwbacks came a 50th season patch for both the Raiders and the AFL.

2012

The Raiders returned to wearing black shoes.

2014

The team returned to wearing white shoes.

2016

The Raiders adopted a Color Rush uniform, featuring a modernized version of the throwback 1963 jerseys and white pants with a black stripe.

2017

The team used a chest patch to commemorate the 50th anniversary of winning the 1967 AFL Championship.

2018

The Raiders paired their Color Rush jerseys with their silver pants. This closely resembled the team’s 1963 look, creating a faux back.

2019

Not uniform-related, but the Raiders played in the final game on a football field shared with a baseball field for the foreseeable future as the team headed to Las Vegas in 2020. This marks the end of a long era where football and baseball teams shared a field.

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4 comments

  1. Pretty slick design -iconic. I got my first Raiders paraphernalia back in the early 1990’s – was very cool. 

    Does anyone know why they chose the colours in the first place?  

    What is the symbolism/significance/root of the design and colour choice?

    How have they built up such a global brand?  Even those outside of the U.S. know about them.

    1. Very iconic. It would be interesting to research how the Raiders got their colors and the inspiration behind them. Something I’ll definitely undertake as this site expands. I’d say the Raiders’ global brand started building in the 1970s, when the team was second in success only to the Pittsburgh Steelers among AFC franchises, and they continued their dominance well into the 1980s and even had a fantastic run in the late-1990s and early-2000s. 

  2. Hi! I am a big fan. I didn’t understand the game at first (my friends were not good at explaining) but thanks to youtube I learned all about it and fell in love with the game. I have at least 6 favorite teams which makes it very difficult for me to buy a T-Shirt because I cannot make up my mind. I just love a good game. Your blog is impressive, its the first time that I read an article about my favorite teams, that is not too long, with accurate on point historical data, informative and so well written. I put your site on my favorite list and will keep looking at it when the season starts. Hands up and keep up the good work.

    1. YouTube solves everything here in the 2020s. It’s cool to see there are full games archived on it these days! 

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