Most Followed Players: Oakland Raiders

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With their recent turnaround, the Oakland Raiders have established themselves as one of the hottest franchises in the National Football League. Thanks to head coach Jack Del Rio and rising star quarterback Derek Carr, the Raiders made their first playoff appearance since 2002 last season, finishing with a 12-4 record.

While they’re set to leave Oakland soon, the Raiders faithful in Northern California are diehard fans who will likely follow their beloved franchise into the deserts of Nevada and the city of sin, Las Vegas, as early as 2019. They also stay up to date on the personal lives of their team’s superstars through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

We took a look at which players have the most followers, and what types of content they’re posting on social media when they’re not making Oakland proud on the field.

Digital Raider Nation

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He wasn’t a member of the Oakland Raiders, or even playing in the NFL last season, but you can’t deny the popularity of Marshawn Lynch. The bruising running back notably denied the chance by Pete Carroll to run in a likely touchdown in the 2014 Super Bowl, maximized his celebrity off and online. Just as he’s accumulated yards with ease on the field, he’s accumulated fans off the field, with over 3.7 million total followers on the networks we examined.

A post shared by Shawn Lynch (@beastmode) on

Playing second fiddle to Lynch is the man under center, quarterback Derek Carr. With a combined 1.2 million followers across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, Carr has fewer combined followers than Lynch on Instagram or Facebook individually. This doesn’t discourage Carr from giving you a look behind the scenes – or sharing his love for the U.S. men’s national soccer team.

A post shared by Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) on

With just slightly more than half the followers of his delivery mechanism, wide receiver Amari Cooper comes in fourth among the most followed Raiders. The fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Cooper immediately turned his college success at Alabama into professional accolades. He’s made the Pro Bowl twice in his first two seasons and would hope to be there for a third consecutive year. While Cooper’s Instagram account features many of his impressive grabs, plucking footballs out of the air with ease, he also used it to share his summer reading list.

A post shared by Amari Cooper (@amaricooper9) on

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Linebacker Bruce Irvin round out the top 5 most followed Oakland Raiders on social media. While Crabtree comes in third overall, he ranks behind his quarterback in Instagram and Facebook followers. In fact, he has zero posts on Instagram, despite having over 370,000 followers awaiting his first upload. As far as Irvin’s Instagram account is concerned, shouldn’t he have more followers considering he posts photos of his dog?

A post shared by Bruce Irvin (@bruceirvin51) on

Social Black & Silver

You may not have anywhere near the number of followers of Crabtree and Irvin, and couldn’t even dream of touching Lynch’s totals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play the part. Outfit yourself with officially licensed NFL and Oakland Raiders merchandise and apparel at Fanatics.com.

Methodology

For this project, we scraped the social metrics from each player’s respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. All measures (likes and followers) were collected and verified on Sept. 6, 2017.

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The Evolution of the Seattle Seahawks Jersey

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The Seattle Seahawks joined the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1976 along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The team is the only one based in the Pacific Northwest region, which provides them with wide geographic support from surrounding areas. In fact, they are described as having some of the loudest fans in the league! The franchise is also the only one in NFL history to play in both the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC) championship games they played for 25 years in the AFC before switching over to the NFC in 2002 during the NFL alignment.

Throughout their history, Seattle has kept various shades of blue and green as the team’s staple colors, and they became the first NFL team to use lime green on the uniforms.

Let’s take a look back at the Seahawks jersey history to see how this Pacific Northwestern team has evolved over the years.

Logo History

The Seattle Seahawks have a very brief logo history in terms of changing the original design and color scheme. Still, there have been many variations over the years to three main colors – blue, gray, and green.

1976–2001: The Seahawks enter the NFL as an expansion team in 1976. The team’s initial logo uses a bird (the sea hawk) head with a two-tone blue and green coloring.

2002–2011: Seattle gives its logo a modern feel with a sleek redesign that minimizes the green coloring in place of more navy and blue.

2012–Present: The logo remains largely the same with slightly altered coloring and the addition of silver.

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Seattle Seahawks 28” x 40” Double-Sided House Flag

Notable Uniform Changes

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1976: The Seahawks enter the league in 1976 as an expansion team. The first uniform features a silver helmet, that displays the totem-style logo, and silver pants. At home, the team dons a blue jersey with white numbering. On the road, the Hawks wear a white jersey with blue numbering.

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Seattle Seahawks New Era On-Field Low Crown 59FIFTY Fitted Hat – College Navy

1981: The Seahawks keep the same look but ditch the traditional black cleats for sleek white ones.

1982: A blue trim is added to the collar of the uniform.

1983: The facemask changes colors – from gray to blue. The jerseys also receive the team logo on the sleeves, which pairs nicely with the stripe.

1985: A small patch is placed on the left hip of the uniform as a dedication to the team’s 10th season.

1994: The team places a patch on the left collarbone portion of the jersey as a tribute to the NFL’s 75th season. The green striping on the pants also becomes thicker.

2000: The team celebrates their 25th anniversary with a patch on the left collarbone area of both jerseys.

2002: Seattle undergoes a significant change in its uniform for the first time in franchise history. The helmets change from silver to a gunmetal blue shade. The actual logo takes on a more aggressive design change to resemble a meaner-looking hawk.

The white uniform receives the gunmetal shading on the numbering and sleeves. The dark uniform changes from normal blue to the new gunmetal tinting with bold, dark sleeves. The two-tone coloring allows the team to use up to four uniform combinations (all gunmetal, gunmetal jersey and white pants, all white, and white jersey with gunmetal pants). Additionally, black cleats return.

2009: The Seahawks wear a lime green alternate jersey at home. It follows the same template of the white/gunmetal combination but replaces the jersey with a vibrant shade. This was the first time such a color was used in the league.

2012: The gunmetal and lime are replaced by navy and a neon-style green. The team mixes and matches with white, navy blue, and gray to serve as staple colors for various uniform pairings.

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Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks Nike Game Jersey – College Navy

2013: The team unveils alternate wolf gray uniforms. The uniforms resemble the traditional white uniform with a slightly darker gray tone.  

Looking Back to Look Forward

After their recent success in the 2014 and 2015 seasons – grinding the gridiron to play in both Super Bowls, emerging victorious in one – the Seahawks have several new numbers to consider for future retirement.

Between the intense offensive plays stampeded by Beast Mode (Marshawn Lynch), the shotgun arm of quarterback Russell Wilson, and the defense monster himself – Richard Sherman – the Hawks have their hands full with franchise legends.

If the Seahawks keep up the success, then one thing is definitely set to change – the number of retired jersey numbers, which currently sits at a meager four!

No. 71 – Walter Jones

No. 80 – Steve Largent

No. 96 – Cortez Kennedy

No. 12 – Fans/12th Man

#GoHawks! Before heading out to CenturyLink Field for the next Seahawks game, be sure to equip your assemblage with the latest Seahawks gear! For all your blue-green essentials, look no further than Fanatics – your one-stop shop for all sports fashion and memorabilia.  

 

The Seattle Seahawks Color Rush jersey:

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