Las Vegas Raiders All-Time Team

Although I’ve often thought of my all-time team, the Raiders, I’ve never sat down to write it down or type it on a computer page, even though I’ve followed the team closely ever since. its first season in 1960 with the creation of the American Football League.

It seems like it’s time, so let’s go.

The Raiders may be the only team in the National Football League to be able to put 11 players on their all-time offensive squad who have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Any team ever must start with Jim Otto, the only all-league center the AFL had in its 10-year existence from 1960 to 1969, and he was also selected All-Pro after the merger AFL-NFL in 1970. .

To the left of Otto, known as “The Original Raider”, for many of those years were goalkeeper Gene Upshaw, perhaps the best goalkeeper in history, and tackle Art Shell, who in the Super Bowl XI held excellent defensive end Jim Marshall of the Minnesota Vikings without a tackle or assist.

These three Raiders were selected to the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team, as Upshaw was selected to the All-Pro Team six times and played in eight Pro Bowls, while Shell was part of the All-Pro team four times and played in six. Professional balls.

Tackle Ron Mix played most of his 10-year Hall of Fame career with the San Diego Chargers, but finished with the Raiders and played a guard, so he would fit in well on the right side with the tackle Bob “Boomer” Brown, one of the fiercest players in NFL history who was a five-time All-Pro.

If you want someone at right guard who has played most of his career with the Raiders, it would be 6-foot-4, 305-pound Steve Wisniewski, who in 13 seasons with the Silver and Black made the Pro Bowl. eight times in addition to being selected. to the All-Pro team eight times and making the NFL All-Decade team of the 1990s. Somehow, Wiz isn’t in the Hall of Fame.

There’s no doubt that the greatest quarterback in Raiders history was left-hander Kenny “Snake” Stabler, who passed for 19,078 yards and 150 touchdowns while compiling a record of 69-26-1 in 10 seasons. , leading Oakland to a 32-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI and five consecutive AFC Championship games.

Stabler was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year in 1974.

The only Raiders to return to the Hall of Fame is Marcus Allen, the franchise’s all-time leading rusher with 8,545 yards and 79 touchdowns in 11 seasons, plus 446 receptions for 4,258 yards and 18 scores.

In Super Bowl XVIII, he rushed for 191 yards and five and 74 yard touchdowns in a 38–9 rout of the Washington Redskins and was selected as the game’s most valuable player.

Of course, if you need a fullback, you can go with Mark van Eeghen, who isn’t in the Hall of Fame but is the second-most rusher in franchise history with 5,907 yards and 35 touchdowns while playing on winning teams in Super Bowls XI and XV.

Without a second running back, the Raiders can go for a three-receiver offense on their all-time team, and they have three in the Hall of Fame.

Tim Brown is the Silver and Black’s all-time leading receiver with 1,070 receptions for 14,734 yards and 99 touchdowns in 16 seasons through 2003 and played nine times in the Pro Bowl.

Fred Biletnikoff is second with 589 catches for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns, while Cliff Branch, who played opposite Biletnikoff, had 501 receptions for 8,685 yards and 67 scores, but both had to split the ball with the tight end Dave Casper, who made 255 catches. for 3,294 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Try to cover these four guys.

Again, everyone mentioned other than Van Eeghen and Wisniewski was elected to the Hall of Fame, and you can make the case for their presence as well.

On defense, the Raiders start with Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, a five-time All-Pro who has 84 sacks in his career, played eight times in the Pro Bowl and was selected defensive player of the year of the NFL in 1985.

Richard Seymour, who played the last four seasons of his career with the Raiders after winning three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and will be inducted with Branch into the Hall of Fame in August, could be the defensive end facing to Long.

However, the Raiders have had several other defensive ends who have been exceptional in their careers with the Silver and Black outside of the Hall of Fame, including Greg Townsend, Ben Davidson and John Matuszak. And young Maxx Crosby, after just three seasons, has shown that he can be part of this team in a few years.

Defensive tackle Chester McGlockton was a rock in the middle of the Raiders’ defense for six seasons in the 1990s, making the All-Pro team three times while playing in four Pro Bowls. The 6-foot-3, 334-pound McGlockton had 340 tackles, recorded 39½ sacks, forced 10 fumbles and recovered five more games in 90 games with the Silver and Black.

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Next to McGlockton on that team would be Tom Keating, a forgotten star of the 1960s. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Keating was the anchor of the Raiders defensive line that amassed an AFL League record of 67 sacks for 666 yards in 1967, when the Silver and Black posted a 13-1 record and defeated the Houston Oilers, 40-7, in the AFC Championship game behind a unit known as the name of Eleven Angry Men of Defense.

At linebacker, the Raiders start with 6-7, 220-pound Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks, who had 363 tackles and 60½ sacks, while blocking an NFL record 27 kicks in addition to making 26 interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and had 16 fumbles in nine seasons with Oakland.

Hendricks was a six-time All-Pro and played in eight Pro Bowls in addition to being selected to the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.

On the other side would be Phil Villapiano, who is not in the Hall of Fame although many people think he should be. Although tackles weren’t an official stat in those days, Villapiano had double-digit numbers in many games, made 11 interceptions, returned them for 160 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown in 1972, and recovered 17 fumbles. He also forced a key fumble early in Super Bowl XI. “Foo” has played in four Pro Bowls.

Matt Millen, who played on four Super Bowl-winning teams, including two with the Raiders, is probably a little underrated but anchored the Silver and Black linebacker corps in the mid-1980s. He’s another impacted player because that tackles weren’t an official stat, but he had nine interceptions, 11 sacks and eight fumble recoveries during his career, playing nine seasons with the Raiders.

If you want to go to a 3-4 defense, just add linebacker Rod Martin, who intercepted three passes from quarterback Ron Jaworski as the Raiders beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV, and had five tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in the victory over the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII.

The Raiders have three Hall of Famers in the secondary, and many believe safety Jack Tatum would also be in Canton if he hadn’t crippled receiver Darryl Stingley with a vicious but legal jab in a pregame. -season of 1978.

Tatum may have been the toughest hitter in NFL history, but he also had 37 interceptions for 736 yards during his career and was a two-time All-Pro and a played in three Pro Bowls.

Cornerback Willie Brown basically invented hit-and-run defense and might be the best corner cover in history. Brown had 54 career interceptions and returned 75 yards for a touchdown to put the finishing touches on the Raiders’ Super Bowl XI victory.

Brown was on the AFL All-Time Team, was a four-time All-Pro Team selection, played in four Pro Bowls, and was on the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Cornerback Mike Haynes was a star for the New England Patriots before playing the final seven seasons of his career with the Raiders until 1989 and was selected to the 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. the NFL after playing in nine Pro Bowls and making the All-Pro Team eight times. He intercepted 46 passes, returned them for 688 yards and five touchdowns.

Free safety and cornerback Charles Woodson had two stints with the Raiders, returning to the Silver and Black after winning a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers. He played 11 total seasons with the Raiders, was selected to play in nine Pro Bowls, was a six-time All-Pro, and had 65 interceptions, 33 forced fumbles, 20 sacks, and 13 touchdowns during his career.

Both Raiders kickers on the all-time team are also in the Hall of Fame, as punter Ray Guy averaged 42.4 yards on his towering kicks that were rarely returned, was an All-Pro eight times, a seven-time Pro Bowler, and was selected to the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Kicker-quarterback George Blanda played 27 seasons in the NFL before retiring at age 48, converting 335 of 639 field goal attempts while making 943 tries on 959 extra points (98.3%), for a total of 2002 points. In 1970, he led the Raiders to a 4-0-1 record in five weeks by scoring a field goal or throwing a touchdown pass to win the game in the final minutes and was named NFL Player of the Year. .

Of course, kicker Sebastian Janikowski could be elected to the Hall of Fame in the next few years after becoming the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 1,799 points on 414 field goals and 557 extra points in 268 games for the Raiders through 2017.

And, oh yes, managing general partner Al Davis, coaches John Madden and Tom Flores, and Raiders director of scouting Ron Wolf are also members of the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

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