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2021: The most painful year in Raiders history


Sportingly, the Las Vegas Raiders have had worse years than this 2021 that is about to end, currently sitting with a winning record of 8-7 and still with some life left in them for a wild card spot in the AFC.

Even if they achieved the feat of returning to the playoffs, 2021 has been the stormiest, saddest and most desolate year in the history of this proud franchise with a lot of history and three Vince Lombardi Trophies in their trophy cases as Super Bowl champions.

Due to completely different situations, the names of Jon Gruden, Henry Rugs III, Damon Arnette and John Madden generated sadness and, in all cases, pain for the famous Silver and Black.

Jon Gruden

In chronological order the first in the news was then-head coach Jon Gruden, who was fired in early October after discovering a series of emails containing homophobic, racist and misogynistic messages that outraged the NFL world.

Jon Gruden.
Jon Gruden.

Henry Ruggs III

It was followed by the most tragic of all cases, that of the team's then star wide receiver, Henry Ruggs III, who, while driving drunk in the early morning hours at 123 miles per hour, crashed his vehicle into that of innocent 23-year-old Tina Tintor, causing the death of the victim of the vehicular accident and the eventual incarceration and release of the University of Alabama graduate who was fired by the Raiders.

Damon Arnette

A few days later the disappointment came with a disturbing video where cornerback Damon Arnette was caught threatening to kill with firearms a user who had criticized him on his social networks, the former Ohio State defensive back was also fired by the "Sin City" team.

Damon Arnette with a gun.
Damon Arnette with a gun.

John Madden

And finally came the melancholy and mourning, when the legendary head coach John Madden, who is the maximum winner in the history of the franchise and the winner of Super Bowl XI, the team's first, passed away at 85 years of age filling the NFL world with grief and sadness.

This is how the year ends for the Raiders who, despite all this present, are hopeful that the future will be bright, as Allegiant Stadium will host its first Pro Bowl in early 2022. It was also announced that in 2024, Las Vegas will host Super Bowl LVIII.

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