Oakland Raiders Primary Logo
The now familiar team emblem of a pirate or "raider" wearing a football helmet was created, reportedly a rendition of actor Randolph Scott. With only slight modifications, this logo has stood as the Raiders logo and team colors for nearly 50 years. The Raiders logo has had 5 different logos in their history, but 3 of the logos are the same continuing in city moves from Oakland to Los Angeles and back to Oakland.
1964 - 1981, 1995 - Present
The Raiders logo continued as a shield that consists of the wordmark “RAIDERS” at the top, two crossed cutlasses with handles up and cutting edge down, and superimposed head of a Raider wearing a football helmet and a black eye patch covering his right eye.
Los Angeles Raiders
1982 - 1994
No changes to the logo that accompanied the team to Los Angeles.
Al Davis scrapped the black and gold color scheme for a sleeker, sexier silver and black look, and spiced up the logo adding the wordmark “THE OAKLAND RAIDERS” to the top and crossed swords in behind the likeness of actor Randolph Scott, the man whom the Raider pirate is modeled after and an actor famous for his many star turns in Western films in the 1950’s.
1960 - 1962
Chet Soda, the Raiders’ first general partner hired a well known sportswriter Gene Lawrence Perry as the first Director of Public Relations of the Raiders. Perry (who was hired in 1959 as the first front office hire) commissioned an unknown Berkeley artist and asked that a logo be created to include a helmeted man with an eyepatch and with a firm chin of a Randolph Scott, a well known Westerns actor.
The created logo for their newly minted Raiders, a pirate wearing a football helmet with an eye patch on a gold football background. Two white swords in black trim with gold handles criss cross behind the football.