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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Oakland Raider Hall of Famers

The Raiders are one of the NFL's most storied franchises. Let's take a look at some of the elite players that helped make the Raider's franchise one of the greatest in history.

1979 Ron Mix

Ron Mix was an Offensive Tackle that played for the Raiders in 1971. He spent most of his career with the Chargers. He was nicknamed "The Intellectual Assassin."

1980 Jim Otto

Otto played Center for the Raiders from 1960 - 1974. He played in 12 all-star contests in his 15 years and was name all-league for 12 years as well. He was the anchor in of the most talented offensive lines in NFL history.

1981 George Blanda

Blanda was a Quarterback and Kicker in the NFL for 26 seasons. He played for the Raiders from 1967-1975. Blanda holds many NFL longevity records.

1984 Willie Brown

Willie Brown was one of the best Cornerbacks to ever suit up for the Raiders. He played in Oakland from 1967-1978. Brown holds the franchise mark for interceptions in his career. One of the most memorable plays of his career was the 75 interception return for a touchdown in Superbowl XI.

1987 Gene Upshaw

Upshaw played Offensive Gaurd for the Raiders from 1967-1981. In his career, he played in three Super Bowls and seven Pro Bowls. Upshaw now works as the Executive Director of the NFL Player's union.

1988 Fred Biletnikoff

Biletnikoff played Wide Receiver for the Raiders from 1965-1978 and held most team receiver records until Tim Brown came along. He was the MVP of Superbowl XI, was a four time Pro Bowler and played in two all-star contests.

1989 Art Shell

Shell played Offensive Tackle for the Raiders from 1968-1982. He was a first or second team All-Pro from 1973-1978 and also played in eight Pro Bowl games. He was the Head Coach of the Raiders from 1989 - 1994 and was recently hired to coach the Raiders again.

1990 Ted Hendricks

Hendricks played linebacker for the Raiders from 1975-1983. Hendricks played in eight Pro Bowls and also appeared in four Super Bowls, three with the Raiders and one with the Colts.

1992 Al Davis

Davis is one of a kind. He served pro football as a player personnel assistant, an assistant coach, a head coach, a general manager, league commissioner, and the principal owner and CEO of the Raiders. It was in 1963 that Davis became the Head Coach and GM of the Raiders and won AFL Coach of the Year honors. He was named the AFL Commissioner in 1966 and announced the AFL-NFL merger during his commissioner reign. After which, Davis returned to the Raiders to become a managing general partner. He still continues to own and operate the NFL' s most storied franchise.

1997 Mike Haynes

Haynes played cornerback for the Raiders from 1983-1989. Haynes was an All-Pro choice five times and ended his career with 46 interceptions, 18 of which came in Los Angeles.

1999 Eric Dickerson

Dickerson isn't known as a Raider but he did have 729 rushing yards in his solo season as a Raider. He played his last full season in Oakland .

2000 Howie Long

Howie played defensive end for the Raiders from 1981-1993. Long was named all-pro five times and helped the Raiders capture a championship in Super Bowl XVIII. He also played in eight Pro Bowl games. Long ended his career with 84 sacks.

2000 Ronnie Lott

Lott only played two seasons in the Silver and Black (1991 and 1992). In his first season in Oakland, he had eight interceptions. Lott is one of the best Defensive backs in NFL history.

2002 Dave Casper

Casper played Tight End for the Raiders from 1974-1984. Capser played in four Pro Bowl contests. Casper's most famous moment is probably the "Ghost to the Post." It was the 1977 AFC playoff game between the Raiders and Colts. Casper's 10 yard TD ended the double-overtime game. He also was the scoring part of the "Holy Roller."

2003 Marcus Allen

Allen ran for the Raiders from 1982-1992. During his career, he ran for 12,243 yards added an additional 5411 yards receiving. Allen also found the end zone 145 times. He earned MVP honors in Superbowl XVIII after running for 191 yards and two TDs. Allen was the League MVP in 1985 after rushing for 1759 yards and catching 67 passes for 555 yards.

2003 James Lofton

Lofton only played two seasons for the Raiders (1987 and 1988) and had 69 catches for 1429 yards over those seasons. He ended his career with 14,004 yards which was the best at the time of his retirement. He is currently an assistant coach in San Diego.

2004 Bob Brown

Brown played Offensive Tackle for the Raiders from 1971-1973. He played with fellow HOFers Ron Mix, Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, and Jim Otto. That was one scary Offensive Line.

2006 John Madden

John Madden was the Head Coach of the Raiders from 1969-1978. His regular season record was 103-32-7 and he had a post season record of 9-7. He was AFL coach of the year in 1969. During his Head Coaching reign, the Raiders never had a losing record.

These are the Raiders that are currently in the NFL Hall of Fame. There are some players that aren't that should be like Jim Plunkett and Ken Stabler and there are some Raiders who will be in soon. Tim Brown should be a first ballot Hall of Famer. Also, current Punter Shane Lechler is on the fast track to the Hall of Fame if he can continue to punt like he has in his career. The Raiders currently boast a pretty young team, so maybe we'll see these young guys emerge into the players mentioned above.


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