Many in the Raider Nation often complain about the fact that the NFL has it out for the Oakland Raiders. Whether it's due to bad calls being made by referees, unfavorable schedules or lack of televised games, there is just the feeling that the Raiders are constantly getting screwed.
While those in the Nation know this to be fact, there is always debate over whether the Nation overreacts and plays the victim too often.
There is, however, one issue in which those outside of the Raider Nation would have a hard time arguing that the Raiders have not been screwed.
That issue is the NFL Hall of Fame.
Cliff Branch, Jim Plunkett, Tom Flores, Ken Stabler, Jack Tatum, Lester Hayes, Ray Guy and Dave Dalby, all Raider greats who have been denied their rightful spot amongst the greatest players in the history of the NFL.
And now, this weekend offers the HOF the opportunity to screw yet another Raider great, Tim Brown.
Brown first came up for the HOF last year at this time. Both shockingly and not shockingly, Brown was denied the honor of being a first-ballot Hall of Famer last year.
Now, as Brown comes up for a vote for the second time, Raiders fans are beginning to worry that last year was not just a matter of circumstance (it was a fairly strong class and there are a limited number of spots each year).
On Tuesday, Monte Pool of the Oakland Tribune threw gas on the fire when he wrote an article arguing that Tim Brown was great, but is no lock for the HOF. And now that the induction is creeping closer, others are beginning to chime in as well.
On the "Inside the Oakland Raiders" page of the Contra Costa Times, NFL writer Jerry McDonald argued that Tim Brown should NOT be voted into the HOF until former Raider great Cliff Branch is inducted, apparently arguing that Branch was a better player than Brown.
With articles such as these, written by Bay Area sports writers, it is no wonder why the Nation feels as though the Oakland Raiders are constantly being screwed.
Anyone who takes the time to simply peruse the career of Tim Brown would know that he should have been a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Brown finished his NFL career with 1,094 receptions, 14,934 yards receiving and 100 receiving touchdowns. He had nine seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards, making him third all-time behind the great Jerry Rice and the still active Randy Moss.
His 1,094 receptions places him at No.4 all-time.
Brown still holds the record for the most yards gained by a rookie in the history of the NFL and his 105 career touchdowns ranks him tied for the 16th most touchdowns of ANY player at ANY position in NFL history.
Tim Brown is truly one of the greatest players to ever have played the position of wide receiver in the NFL and is one of the best players to every have played the game at any position.
It was wrong that he was not a first-ballot Hall of Famer and would be an absolute travesty if he is not voted in this year.