Every head must bow. Every tongue must confess. Of all the Raiders greats, Marcus Allen's the best.
It isn't close. Allen is the only Hall of Famer of this crew. He's No. 1 on the all-time Raiders rushing list and No. 1 in touchdowns.
He is also the most highly decorated Raider of all time. For my money, he's the most complete running back of all time.
His awards start in college with the Heisman. He then comes into the NFL and wins the NFL's Rookie of the Year Award.
The next year, he wins the Super Bowl MVP. Two years after that, he wins the NFL MVP.
In Super Bowl XVIII, Allen did the unforgettable. He reversed field on a 74-yard touchdown run that has to be considered the greatest run in NFL history.
During Allen's MVP year, he set a record for total yards from scrimmage. It was broken decades later by Marshall Faulk.
After all that, Allen showed himself to be the ultimate team player. Bo Jackson came to Raider Nation, and Allen volunteered to move to fullback.
That selfless move allowed the Raiders to have the best 11 offensive players the field. It might have been the best backfield ever too.
Even though Allen was different from the rest as far as accolades go, he was still the same in the way it counted.
He was a team player who wanted to win by any means necessary.
I hope you enjoyed the slide show.