Oakland Raiders: Top 10 Unsung Players in Franchise History

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Oakland Raiders: Top 10 Unsung Players in Franchise History
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Al Davis found more than just big and fast football players

Die hard and casual fans alike have no problem when it comes to naming the all-time great Raiders.

Marcus Allen, Fred Biletnikoff, Tim Brown, Ted Hendricks, Howie Long, Art Shell, and Gene Upshaw are Hall of Fame members iconic for their time in silver and black.

But in many cases, great teams are not made up of many great players.

When the Raiders have been good, it is because there were more than just elite players. There were always players who did things that may not have always stood out, but almost always positively contributed to success.

For all of the mystique of the Oakland Raiders of the 1970s and the LA Raiders of the early 1980s, one thing is clear: They were always hard working, high quality football players that put the good of the team above their own self-interests to win football games.

With that said, I wanted to pay homage to some of those players by presenting the 10 most unsung Oakland/LA Raiders in franchise history.

These are players that you may recognize as Raider or just an NFL fan, but who were not superstars or perennial Pro Bowlers in their time.

Instead, they were just good football players who helped the Raiders do the one thing late owner Al Davis valued above all else: Just win, baby.

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