|1987 Los Angeles Raiders season|
|Head Coach||Mike Shanahan|
|Home Field||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|Place||4th AFC West|
|Playoff Finish||did not qualify|
|Previous Season||Next Season|
The 1987 Los Angeles Raiders season was the club’s 18th season in the NFL, and 28th overall. 1987 was a huge disappointment, as the team fell to a 5-10 record.
Since he did not sign with a team before the 1987 draft, Bo Jackson’s rights were forfeited by Tampa Bay and his name was thrown back into the draft. The Raiders selected Jackson in the 7th round with the 183rd overall pick. Raiders owner Al Davis supported Jackson and his baseball career and got Jackson to sign a contract by offering him a salary that was comparable to a full-time starting running back but allowing Jackson to only play part-time, by waiting until the baseball season was complete.
- Main article: 1987 NFL Draft
|3||81||Steve Smith||Running Back||Penn St|
|4||110||Steve Beuerlein||Quarterback||Notre Dame|
|7||183||Bo Jackson||Running Back||Auburn|
|9||238||Scott Eccles||Tight End||Eastern New Mexico|
|10||254||Rob Harrison||Defensive Back||Sacramento St|
|10||265||John Gesek||Guard||Sacramento State|
|10||273||Jim Ellis||Linebacker||Boise St|
|11||288||Chris McLemore||Running Back||Arizona|
|11||294||Mario Perry||Tight End||Mississippi|
Joining the Raiders midway through the 1987 season, Bo Jackson rushed for 554 yards on 81 carries in just seven games. Over the next three seasons, Bo Jackson would rush for 2,228 more yards and 12 touchdowns: a remarkable achievement, in light of the fact that he was a "second string" player behind Raiders legend Marcus Allen.
Jackson turned in a 221-yard rushing performance on Monday Night Football in 1987 against the Seattle Seahawks. During this game, he ran over Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth, who had insulted Jackson and promised in a media event before the game to contain Jackson. He also made a 91-yard run to the outside, untouched down the sideline. He continued sprinting until finally slowing down as he passed through the entrance to the field tunnel to the locker rooms with teammates soon following. Jackson scored two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in the game.
|1||September 13||at Green Bay||W||20-0||1–0|
|4||October 4||Kansas City||W||35-17||3–0|
|5||October 12 (Mon)||at Denver||L||30-14||3–1|
|6||October 18||San Diego||L||23-17||3–2|
|8||November 1||at New England||L||26-23||3–4|
|9||November 8||at Minnesota||L||31-20||3–5|
|10||November 15||at San Diego||L||16-14||3–6|
|12||November 30 (Mon)||at Seattle||W||37-14||4–7|
|14||December 13||at Kansas City||L||16-10||5–8|
Awards and recordsEdit
- Howie Long, AFC Pro Bowl selection
- ↑ Flatter, Ron (accessdate=2007-08-21). Bo knows stardom and disappointment. ESPN.com.
- ↑ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/rai/1987_draft.htm
- ↑ http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1987-lai