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'76 Raiders deserve more respect

The 1976 Raiders were a truly great Super Bowl team that never got much recognition. That's why they are the most underrated Super Bowl winners of all time, Sal Paolantonio writes.

Originally Published: January 20, 2009
By Sal Paolantonio | ESPN.com

In the 1970s, the Oakland Raiders were the stepchild of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The greatest post-merger dynasty in pro football history eclipsed just about every other NFL accomplishment of that decade & unless, of course, you happened to be the first team ever to go undefeated (Miami Dolphins, 1972). And the Steelers seemed to have the Raiders figured out, both from the standpoint of tactics (see: the Steel Curtain defense) to luck (see: the Immaculate Reception).

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