A franchise legend and NFL icon doesn’t seem to be on board with the Raiders leaving Oakland for the bright lights of Las Vegas.
In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday, John Madden spoke of his disappointment with the move that has the team’s days in the Bay Area numbered.
“Maybe this is just me being oversensitive, but doggone it, if you’re going to go, that’s really tough, but leave us something,” Madden said, according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. “Leave us something here in Oakland. Please.”
The Hall of Fame coach went on to express confusion over how plans for a move came together so quickly, as well as stating that he’d “hate to be a coach” that takes a team to Las Vegas, with so many potential distractions.
More than anything else, though, Madden doesn’t like the idea of the history in Oakland being wiped out.
“With the (state of the) stadium now, when they move out, that’s going to be torn down, and it’s going to be a high-rise or some doggone thing. There’ll be no more Oakland Raiders,” he said. “There will be no more history of the Oakland Raiders, and that really bothers me.
“Boom, it just goes away.”
Madden coached the Raiders for 10 years from 1969-1978, leading the team to a Super Bowl title and posting a 103-32-7 regular-season record that’s still good for the second-best winning percentage in league history.
He then spent 30 years in the broadcast booth before retiring in 2009.
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