It wasn't too long ago that the Oakland Raiders defeated the Denver Broncos, 59-14, in an astonishing blowout that left the Denver stadium filled with crying fans. It was a great game for the trillions of Oakland Raiders fans around the globe.
The Oakland Raiders set a historic record for both franchises, but this article is actually going back to a WR who played well for the Oakland Raiders and his name is Jerry Porter.
There are many fans in the Raider Nation divided on the ethics of Jerry Porter; however, for this writer, he was a good WR and played well with two Hall of Famers, Tim Brown and Jerry Rice.
The Oakland Raiders for decades have played tough against their AFC West rivals but in particular the Denver Broncos and their star CB Champ Bailey will be brought into the spotlight.
Champ Bailey always seemed get an interception against the Oakland Raiders and whenever WR Jerry Porter was brought into the game; well, he simply made the Champ look pretty wimpish.In fact, Oakland WR Jerry Porter was unstoppable for the future Hall of Famer, Champ Bailey. Jerry Porter had both size and strength to outplay the Broncos CB and to get the wins for the Silver and Black.
Jerry Porter's career was nowhere near the length of Champ Bailey. In the seven years Jerry Porter played (2000-2007) for the Oakland Raiders he was simply to aggressive for Champ bailey. Actually he was tough for most CB in the NFL at that time.
During the early 2000s, the Tennessee Titans were also a force and Jerry Porter simply demolished the Titans. Although it had nothing to do with Denvers rivalry, it was a joy to watch as Porter turned on the juice and helped the Raider get into the Superbowl by manhandling the Titans.
Jerry Porter, over an eight-year span gained 3,939 yards and made 30 TDs. Not bad at all.
2004 was the pinnacle year for Jerry Porter, as he scored nine TDs and had 64 receptions for 998 yards.
One game in particular remains on my mind, and that was a snowy day on Nov. 28, 2004. On this particular day, Kerry Collins hit Jerry Porter six times for 135 yards and yes, three TDs.
Jerry Porter scored three touchdowns in freezing weather against Denver's best, Champ Bailey! The amazing thing about this day was that Bailey was burned constantly and Porter gained some huge yards that day!
It was most unfortunate that in his later years with the Oakland Raiders, he was vocal against the second coaching term of former Raider great, Art Shell. In fact, Porter was in the doghouse and sidelined for his comments against the coaching.
Porter had been playing under the shadows of two great WR legends and never had the chance to become a No. 1 wide receiver for the Silver and Black. Would I take a Jerry Porter with today's Oakland Raider receivers? Probably so.
There is a player named Chaz Schilens that has the size and characteristics similiar to Porter, but he has been plagued by injuries. In fact too many.
This was never the case for Jerry Porter. He was reliable and played well for the Raiders. Best of all...he burned Champ Bailey of the Denver Broncos and for that simple reason alone, Jerry Porter was great in my book :)
Once a Raider....always a Raider !!