I recently read an article about the need for some new nicknames. Bleacher Report Member 'David Xaviel is Mr. X' came up with some great choices, including "Jailbreak" Johnnie Lee Higgins. Personally, I'm partial to the trio of "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" for Darren McFadden, Justin Fargas, and Michael Bush. How about the past Raiders? What kinds of nicknames did they have? Whose nicknames were best? Here are my top-5 favorites.
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"Dr. Death" Skip Thomas played for the Raiders from 1972-1977. Dr. Death was a cornerback who supposedly earned his moniker due to his hard-hitting, which fit well with the Raiders of the 70s. Dr. Death was a member of the 1977 Super Bowl Champions.
Possibly the most fitting nickname Tim Brown could have earned. For years, throughout mediocre teams and great teams, Mr. Raider stood out every season. Brown will go down as one of the greatest receivers ever, and maybe the best to never win the Super Bowl. For all of his years in Oakland, his true Commitment to Excellence, and his dedication on and off of the field, Brown truly was Mr. Raider.
"The Snake". Stabler may be as famous for his nickname as he is for his play on the field. The Snake, who is the greatest Raider not in the Hall-of-Fame (with the exception of Tim Brown), was the face of the Raiders through the 70s. Stabler's decade of destruction resulted in a Super Bowl victory and an NFL MVP.
"The Mad Bomber" is quite a fitting name for Daryle Lamonica. Lamonica's career yielded over 19,000 yards passing and over 160 touchdowns. Lamonica, who began with the Raiders in the AFL and continued with them after they merged into the NFL, finished his NFL career with a win-loss-tie record as a starter of 66-16-4, one of the best in history. Lamonica is pictured about with my step-father, proudly attending our Raiders Boosters of York, PA 20th Anniversary celebration.
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Perhaps no nickname is more frighteningly appropriate in football than "the Assassin". Jack Tatum hit people...very hard. The Assassin played football without regrets. Jack Tatum hit so hard that he unintentionally may have caused the Immaculate Reception, by hitting the intended receiver with so much force that the ball went flying. Then there's also the Stingley incident, which you all know about I'm sure. His job was intimidation. He did his job very well. That's why there will never be a nickname more fitting for a Raider than "the Assassin" Jack Tatum.