Robert Gallery: Possible Candidate For Oakland Raiders Next Breakout Player?

David RichardsonSenior Analyst IApril 19, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 09: Robert Gallery #76 of the Oakland Raiders looks on against the Green Bay Packers on December 9, 2007 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Raiders 38-7 to win the NFC North Division title. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

When the Oakland Raiders drafted Robert Gallery in 2004, they were badly in need of a left-tackle. So, they went with the man from Iowa.

Well, that turned out to be a big mistake.

Robert Gallery seemed to only be good at letting people go by him, which was a factor in why the Raiders let up so many sacks.

But look at the picture above. He's smiling. Here's where that comes in.

Robert Gallery has since been switched to guard and turned out to still not be too good, but a little better. However, during the last few games, Gallery has blocked for JaMarcus Russell well. He turned on some weird, hypothetical switch or something.

So lets quickly recap: A Raiders' player starts out a career as a bust and then unceremoniously turns it around.

Sound familiar? Names such as Jim Plunkett, Gorge Blanda, and Rich Gannon might come to mind.

The main difference though, is that Robert has been with the Raiders his whole career. And that he is an OT/OG, as well.

Jim Plunklett was drafted by the New England Patriots, and had a great year as a rookie. But after that, he started getting worse and worse. He than went to the San Francisco 49ers and wasn't any better there either..

His last team was the Raiders, where he was a back-up for QB Kenny Stabler. After playing a while, he then went to Al Davis wanting a new team but Al wouldn’t let that happen.

When Stabler left for the New Orleans Saints, the Raiders brought in Dan Pastroni instead of turning to Plunkett. Pastroni then got injured, and it was finally Jim's turn.

Jim went on to win two Super Bowls, and was even MVP for one of them.

Gorge Blanda started with the Chicago Bears, and played QB and even a bit of linebacker.

He then retired in 1958, but came back in 1960 and went to Houston to play for the Oilers. This is where he lead them to their first success as QB and place holder for the team.

The last, (but definitely not least) team for George was the Raiders. His arm was amazing, and he got to compete in Super Bowl ll, but lost 33-14 to the Packers.

Blanda's 26- year career was a great example of Raiders' comeback players.

Rich Gannon was drafted by New England, and was supposed to play DB. He then made it know that he wanted out! So, he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings.

In 1993, Gannon was then signed by the Washington Redskins after coming back from a surgery.

He only started three games, and was released after the season. He went to the Kansas City Cheifs, and was a back-up there for two years. He got to the playoffs, but didn’t get any playing time and the Chiefs lost.

The Raiders then picked up Gannon as a free agent. In his first year with the silver and black, he was voted to the Pro bowl.

He went on to win the Pro Bowl MVP two years in a row. He also got to participate in the Raiders' most recent Super Bowl as well.

Can Robert Gallery start something like this for Raiders lineman?


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