Ranking the 25 Players Oakland Raiders Fans Hate Most
For this story, I hit the beat and talked to Raiders fans via social media as well as at my local sports bar.
I asked one simple question: "As a Raiders fan, what NFL players do you hate the most?" Some of the answers I got were surprising, and some included players from their own favorite team!
Let's get started with ranking the 25 players Oakland Raiders fans hate most.
25. Larry Brown
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Larry Brown collected two interceptions off of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Neil O'Donnell to help the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bowl XXX, and Brown scored an MVP for his performance. Al Davis jumped on the chance to sign him for a five-year, $12.5 million contract hoping he would help solidify the corner position for the Raiders.
Brown, however, was in for a rude awakening once he got to Oakland. Brown's main role with the Cowboys was as a zone-corner. Making the switch to Oakland's man-coverage was more than he could handle. In two seasons, Brown managed only one interception before he was quickly released by the Raiders.
I still shake my head when I hear the name Larry Brown....
Raider fan comment: "Another example of Al Davis losing his mind."
24. Desmond Howard
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Al Davis gambled again on an NFL Super Bowl MVP and signed 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard to the Oakland Raiders with the promise to utilize him as a wide receiver.
Much like the previously mentioned Super Bowl MVP, Larry Brown, Desmond Howard proved to be a dud.
In two years and 30 games with the Oakland Raiders, he caught just six receptions for 46 yards and no touchdowns and had little impact as a target for Oakland Raiders quarterback Jeff George.
In all, Howard was always an undersized receiver. Nowhere near worth the four-year, $6 million contract.
Raider fan comment: "All that talk about wanting to be a wide receiver. And when he got his chance he stunk."
23. Chester McGlockton
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Chester McGlockton, the former 16th overall, first-round pick of the 1992 NFL Draft, had a great career as a Raider. He played six seasons with Oakland, which included four Pro Bowl appearances.
McGlockton eventually left the Raiders and toured the AFC West with stints in Denver and Kansas City, which instantly made him "the enemy" in many fans' eyes. After repeated issues with injuries and weight issues, he ended his career with the Jets.
Chester McGlockton totaled 51 career sacks. He is a good example of how a player that was loved by Raiders fans can quickly feel the wrath of Raider Nation when he returns to the Black Hole wearing enemy colors.
But in the end, Raider fans rallied to support Chester McGlockton and his family when news broke about his untimely death in 2011. Once a Raider, always a Raider.
Raider fan comment: "Hated to see him in a Bronco uniform."
22. Jeff George
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With the signing of Jeff George in 1997, many Raider fans threw out comparisons to Jim Plunkett, saying George was an aging veteran that fit the Raiders' long-ball style and was looking for redemption.
George did have a strong arm and was well suited for the old school downfield offense Oakland was employing. However, with Jon Gruden taking over as head coach in 1998 and instituting his version of the West Coast offense, George didn't fit in so well anymore.
In total, George had a win-loss record of 7-16 and threw for 5,103 yards with 33 TD and 14 INT.
In the end, Jon Gruden signed Rich Gannon in 1999 and shipped George off to the Minnesota Vikings.
Raider fan comment: "Jeff George was a head case that could thread a needle with the ball."
21. Derrick Gibson
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Florida State alum Derrick Gibson was drafted in the first round (28th overall) by the Oakland Raiders in 2001. He struggled through five years in Oakland and turned into a safety that couldn't tackle or cover and managed only three interceptions as a Raider.
I literally remember watching Gibson during a game against the Chargers run in the complete opposite direction of a play, like he was running away from the ball.
Raider fan comment: "If Gibson was covering, you throw the ball in that direction. He was that bad!"
20. Dan Marino
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Remember the time when Dan Marino almost became a Raider?
Neither did I until someone on Facebook reminded me about the time Al Davis and Don Shula almost worked out a deal back in 1989-1990 to send Marino to the Silver and Black.
Does he ranked as one of your most hated as a Raider fan? Maybe not for some, but the thought of Marino wearing the Silver and Black rubbed a lot of Raider fans the wrong way.
Raider fan comment: "Marino is not Raider material, period."
19. Terrell Owens
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Every time this guy is kicked off a team or becomes a free agent, the first team everyone says he belongs on is the Oakland Raiders. Just for that reason alone, many Raider fans hate him.
Now, Raider fans have learned their lesson about bringing trouble wide receivers on to the team (see Randy Moss slide). And the thought of bringing on a player that has been repeatedly called a "cancer" does not sit well with Raider Nation.
Just say NO to TO.
Raider fan comment, in response to an article titled "Why Terrell Owens Would Be a Good Fit in Oakland": "NOOOO!"
18. Brian Bosworth
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The two-time Butkus Awards winner at Oklahoma, Brian Bosworth was eventually kicked off the squad because of steroid use and entered the 1987 supplemental draft, where he was selected by the Seahawks in the first round.
I think he was hated by most fans, just because of his attitude and arrogance. The reason he makes this list, of course is because Bo Jackson put him in his place by laying the hammer down on him during a 1987 touchdown run on Monday Night Football!
Raider fan comment: "I could watch that Bo Jackson run over that guy 100 times in a row."
17. Javon Walker
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In March 2008, Javon Walker signed a six-year, $55 million contract that included $16 million in guaranteed money.
By November 2008, Walker was on injured reserve and missed the rest of the season due to an ankle injury.
After all was said and done, Walker was released on March 8, 2010. After playing eight games, he had 15 receptions for 196 yards, one touchdown and $21 million dollars in his pocket.
One of the worst free-agent signings in NFL history.
Raider fan comment: "It was a bad signing from the start. Hell, he only had one good season in Denver!"
16. Ricky Dudley
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The Raiders traded up in the 1996 draft to get Rickey Dudley, a 6'6", 255-pound tight end from Ohio State.
Rickey Dudley should have been a force in the middle of the field. Instead, he seemed to force the ball out of his hands at nearly every catch attempt.
He seemed to catch fire his second season, catching 48 balls for 787 yards and seven touchdowns in 1997. However, he never truly caught on after that (get it, caught on? Ugh), and it got to a point where even quarterback Rich Gannon stopped throwing to him.
After four years, the Raiders shipped him off to Cleveland.
Raider fan comment: "Stone Hands, 'nuff said!"
15. Terry Bradshaw
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In the 1974 AFC Championship Game against the Oakland Raiders, Terry Bradshaw's fourth-quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver Lynn Swann led the Steelers to a 24-7 victory, sending the Raiders home and the Steelers off to their first Super Bowl victory over the Minnesota Vikings with a score of 16-6.
But nowadays, most Raider fans hate him for his work as part of the NFL Fox team.
Raider fan comment: "I'm old enough to have seen Bradshaw play as a kid, and I swear I hate him even more on TV!"
14. Randy Moss
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On March 2, 2005, Moss was traded to the Oakland Raiders for linebacker Napoleon Harris and the Raiders' first-round (seventh overall) and seventh-round picks in the NFL draft. Moss was supposed to be the go-to guy to help Kerry Collins light up the offense.
Moss started 2005 with 1005 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, but it was downhill from there. 2006 brought on talk of Moss wanting off the team.
Randy got his wish, and the Raiders traded him to the Patriots for a fourth-round pick after the season. He went on to team with Tom Brady and set the single season touchdown receptions record (30) in 2007. In Super Bowl XLII, he and the Patriots lost to the New York Giants 17-14.
I know I wasn't the only Raider fan rooting for the Giants that day...
Raider fan comment: "We got the 'I Quit' Moss; the Pats got the 'Touchdown Machine.'"
13. Todd Marinovich
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Todd Marinovich, one of the biggest draft busts in Raiders history (yeah don't worry, we're getting to the other one!).
A product of USC, Marinovich was taken at the 24th pick of the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft and signed a three-year, $2.25 million deal. A fun side note: In that same draft, Brett Favre went at the 33rd pick to the Atlanta Falcons.
Marinovich played only two seasons with the Raiders, and by 1993 he had failed three drug tests for marijuana, pharmaceutical amphetamines and LSD. He finished his career with a record of 8-9 and will easily go down as one of the top Raider busts of all time.
Raider fan comment: "We drafted a guy that would rather shoot up and party than win Super Bowls."
12. Patrick Bates
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The 12th overall pick in the 1993 NFL draft started just only nine games with the Raiders and didn't play at all his final 1995 season. Oakland traded him off to Atlanta in 1996, where he quickly lost his starting job.
Another first-round pick, another complete and utter dud!
Raider fan comment: "What is it with the Raiders and first-round picks?"
11. Cole Ford
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Cole Ford's most infamous game has to be September 21, 1997 against the New York Jets. Ford missed four field goals and an extra point, and the Jets returned a blocked field goal 72 yards for the winning touchdown. Final score: New York Jets 23, the Oakland Raiders 22.
Ford was released in that season and landed in Buffalo...and on to obscurity. He was recently seen at a mental health facility in 2004 for firing a gun toward the house of entertainers Siegfried & Roy.
Fan comment: "Worst kicker we ever had, for real."
10. Philip Rivers
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Philip Rivers has a history of shredding the Raiders' secondary. As recently as the 2011 season, Rivers helped lead a Chargers offense to a 38-26 victory over the Raiders and knocking them out of the playoffs.
To date, he has 2,722 passing yards and 17 touchdowns against the Raiders' defense for a 9-3 record in his career.
Raider fan comment: "Why can't we figure out a way to stop this guy?!"
9. Shannon Sharpe
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Shannon Sharpe had a sharp tongue and knew how to get under the fans' skin. But he could also back it up.
As tight end, Sharpe caught 66 balls against the Raiders for 842 yards and six touchdowns in his 14-year career with the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens.
Heck, the entire AFC West division was Sharpe's playground. His career totals against the San Diego Chargers (1,224 yards and 13 touchdowns) or Kansas City Chiefs (1,386 yards and 12 touchdowns) speak for themselves.
Raider fan comment: "Shannon Sharpe, real glad that guy retired!"
8. Derrick Thomas
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Derrick Thomas was an animal on the field, and his dominating game against the Raiders at the start of the 1998 is a great example as to why he garnered so much hate from Raider Nation fans.
Thomas recorded six sacks against Raiders quarterback Jeff George in a Chiefs' 28-8 victory in which Oakland's offensive line and backs just couldn't find a way to contain him.
Thomas went on to collect a staggering 22 career sacks against the Raiders, and in 13 career games against Oakland, the Chiefs were 12-1 with Thomas at linebacker.
Raider fan comment: "Derrick Thomas was a guy I hated because we didn't have him!"
7. Tony Siragusa
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Tony Siragusa is the single reason why the Oakland Raiders did not make a Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl XXXV.
His vicious hit on Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon during the 2000 AFC title game was later found illegal, and he was fined $10,000 by the league.
But that was little consolidation for Raider fans. Tony Siragusa, all 340 pounds of him, landed square on Rich Gannon, squashing his shoulder and our Super Bowl hopes.
Raider fan comment: "That fat #!%!^$!$#!"
6. Junior Seau
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Junior Seau was heads to the Raiders tails. The Ying to their Yang. The Jekyl to their Hyde. Their....aw you get the point!
Seau was a fierce rival for Raiders fans, and I'll always remember him wearing the thunderbolt as a Charger for 13 seasons. Eyes glaring down the offensive line...watching our backs go in motion...patiently waiting to pounce!
Out of his entire 20-year career, Seau totaled 7.5 sacks against the Oakland Raiders, more than any other team he played. To this day, I can remember how he celebrated after bringing our quarterback down.
On the field, Junior Seau was something special. And Raider Nation showed their respect when this warrior traveled on to Valhalla. RIP, Mr. Seau.
Raider fan comment: "I haven't seen intensity like that since Mike Singletary. It was always war when we played against him."
5. LaDainian Tomlinson
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LaDainian Tomlinson, the fifth leading rusher in NFL history, has absolutely owned the Oakland Raiders. In his career with both the San Diego Chargers and the New York Jets, his teams were 14-5, and he rushed for 2,055 yards. With an average of 108.2 yards per game and 22 touchdowns!
LaDainian Tomlinson's top single rushing game of his career? Dec. 28, 2003 against the Oakland Raiders. That day, he destroyed Oakland's defense carrying the ball 31 times for 243 yards and two touchdowns.
Raider fan comment: "This guy was a Raider killer, no doubt."
4. John Elway
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John Elway...where do I start with him? Whether it was Broncos wide receivers Steve Watson, Vance Johnson, Anthony Miller, Shannon Sharpe or Rod Smith, John Elway was a throwing the ball all over Oakland's defense.
But as great as he was as a quarterback, it took Terrell Davis and a Denver running game to get him to the big game. His career record against the Raiders was 13-16 (0-1 in the 1993 postseason).
A heartbreak game I remember (which also helped ruin Christmas) was December 24, 1995. John Elway led the Broncos to 17 fourth-quarter points, capping the final drive with a 37-yard field goal from Jason Elam. Denver won 31 to Oakland's 28. Bah Humbug!
Raider fan comment: "16 years of having to see the Raiders play him twice a season!"
3. JaMarcus Russell
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Yet another first-round draft pick gone horribly, horribly wrong.
In 2007, the Raiders sign him to a six-year contract worth up to $68 million, with $31.5 million guaranteed.
The result? Russell floundered under three different head coaches and never came remotely close to becoming an NFL quarterback. He easily goes down as not only the biggest draft bust in Raiders history, but in NFL history.
He finished the 2009 season with the lowest quarterback rating, lowest completion percentage, fewest passing touchdowns, and fewest passing yards among qualifying quarterbacks in the NFL.
In all, he finished his NFL career with a 7-18 record throwing 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. After his release, he failed to catch on with any NFL team and decided to return to school in Alabama.
On July 5, 2010, Russell was arrested at his Mobile, Alabama, home for being in possession of codeine syrup without a valid prescription.
Raider fan comment: "Was Al drinking Purple Drank when he drafted JaMarcus?"
2. Tom Brady
I still can't talk about this game without getting raging mad, even after all this time. It was a fumble; it will always be a fumble.
Some of the Raiders players commented on how they felt at the time, in an interview with ESPN celebrating the 10-year anniversary. They ran through the same emotions as the fans did: bewildered, confused and mad.
Raider fan comment: "It was a fumble and I hate Tom Brady with every fiber of my being!"
1. Franco Harris
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Immaculate Reception: The phrase itself boils the blood of many hard-core Raider fans.
The tipped pass from Terry Bradshaw helped the Steelers get their first-ever playoff win, with a victory over the Raiders 13-7.
Franco Harris went on to 13 seasons in the NFL, 12 with the Steelers and the last with the Seattle Seahawks in 1984. He rushed 2,949 times for 12,120 yards and 91 touchdowns.
But he will forever be remembered as recipient of one of the craziest pass plays in NFL history.
Raider fan comment: "Immaculate Reception, that's what started maybe one of the greatest rivalries in NFL history."
Other Notable Names
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Those are just some of the players that came up during my discussions with fellow Raider fans. Other player names that made the list:
Did we miss a player that you think deserves to be on the list of Raiders fans most hated players? Should a player be ranked higher/lower than the others?
Reply in the comment section to add your most hated player!