Top 50 Oakland Raiders of All Time

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IJanuary 17, 2011

Top 50 Oakland Raiders of All Time

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    The Oakland Raiders are known as the undisputed most hated franchise in league history.

    Everyone hates a winner: period.

    Ignorant NFL fans laugh at the franchise of the Oakland Raiders.  They look at the last few years and mock.

    Fans that have seen the Raiders teams of the past wouldn't imagine mocking one of the most winning franchises in NFL history.

    They're winners of three Super Bowl titles.  That number could be a lot higher too.

    The Raiders don't practice the retirement of jerseys and for good reason: they may be starting to run low.

    I've put together two other top 50 greatest players' lists: one for the Tennessee Titans and the other for the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Raiders were the easiest of the three by far.

    A combined 20 Hall of Fame players, coaches and owners have worn black and silver.  There also multiple Raiders on this list who have been nominated and will eventually get in.

    Of all the great players in Raiders history, here are the 50 greatest:

Honorable Mention: John Matuszak (DE, 1976-1982)

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    Fun Fact: Matuszak participated in the 1978 World's Strongest Man competition.

    Why He's On The List: Even though he was never elected to a single Pro Bowl, "Tooz" is a part of the Raiders "bad boy" image too much to leave off the list.  The Raiders won two Super Bowls with him on the line.

50. Pete Banaszak (HB, 1966-1978)

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    Fun Fact: Banaszak was part of the "Holy Roller" play that eventually led to the league changing the rule about advancing a fumble.

    Why He's On The List: He was a part of the Raiders first Super Bowl appearance and their first Super Bowl victory.  He is sixth in franchise history in rushing yardage and second in rushing touchdowns.

49. Raymond Chester (TE, 1970-1972, 1978-1981)

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    Fun Fact: Chester came out of retirement to play a single year for the Oakland Invaders of the USFL.

    Why He's On The List: He was elected to four Pro Bowls during his time with the Raiders.  He also started on their Super Bowl XL winning squad.

48. Clem Daniels (HB, 1961-1967)

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    Fun Fact: Daniels went undrafted out of Prairie View A&M.

    Why He's On The List: He's the AFL's all-time leading rusher and third in Raiders history.  In 1963, he was named by Sporting News as the AFL Player of the Year.

47. Clarence Davis (HB, 1971-1978)

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    Fun Fact: Davis was nicknamed "Hands of Wood" by his teammates, but he was on the receiving end of the famous "Sea of Hands" reception.

    Why He's On The List: Davis rushed for 137 yards in the Raiders Super Bowl XI victory.  He was in the middle of many of the most memorable moments in franchise history.

46. Marv Hubbard (HB, 1969-1975)

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    Fun Fact: Hubbard was originally cut by the Raiders and played a year in the Canadian Football League.

    Why He's On The List: He is fifth on the franchise's all-time rushing list and was elected to three Pro Bowls.  He averaged an impressive 4.82 yards a carry throughout his career.

45. Ray Guy (P, 1973-1986)

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    Fun Fact: Guy is the only punter in NFL history to be selected in the first round of the draft.

    Why He's On The List: He's widely known as the greatest punter in league history.  He played on all three Raiders championship teams and was elected to seven Pro Bowls.

44. George Blanda (QB/K, 1967-1975)

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    Fun Fact: Blanda played a record 26 seasons in the NFL and was one of three players to play in four different decades.

    Why He's On The List: "The Grand Old Man" accounted for the vast majority for the Raiders points during his time, as he played quarterback and kicker.  He made one Pro Bowl in his time in Oakland and was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

43. Nnamdi Asomugha (CB, 2003-Present)

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    Fun Fact: Asomugha is of Igbo descent.

    Why He's On The List: He has been known as the best cornerback in the NFL for much of his career.  He's been elected to the Pro Bowl four straight times.

42. Gus Otto (LB, 1965-1972)

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    Fun Fact: Otto was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Why He's On The List: He played for the Raiders his entire football career.  Otto was on the Raiders Super Bowl II squad.

41. Harry Schuh (OT, 1965-1970)

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    Fun Fact: Schuh was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Why He's On The List: He was elected to the All-Star/Pro Bowl team three consecutive years.  Schuh played on the Raiders' first Super Bowl squad and was elected to the franchise's all-time team.

40. Wayne Hawkins (OG, 1960-1969)

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    Fun Fact: Hawkins was one of 20 players who played in every year of the AFL's existence.

    Why He's On The List: He's a five-time AFL All-Star.  Hawkins played on the Raiders 1967 Super Bowl team and was voted onto the Raiders All-Time team.

39. George Buehler (OG, 1969-1978)

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    Fun Fact: The Dallas Cowboys kicker Dave Buehler is Greg's nephew.

    Why He's On The List: Buehler started on the Raiders Super Bowl XI team.  He suited up in a Raider uniform for a decade.

38. Dave Grayson (DB, 1965-1970)

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    Fun Fact: Grayson held the record for longest interception return for a touchdown which was for 99 yards.

    Why He's On The List: He is the AFL's all-time leader in interceptions.  Grayson was elected to three All-Star teams as a Raider.

37. Chester McGlockton (DT, 1992-1997)

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    Fun Fact: McGlockton weighed about 335 during his time in the NFL.

    Why He's On The List: He is fifth on the Raiders all-time sack list.  McGlockton was elected to four Pro Bowls in a Raiders uniform.

36. Dave Casper (TE, 1974-1980, 1984)

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    Fun Fact: Casper only caught nine balls his first two seasons with the Raiders.

    Why He's On The List: "The Ghost" was a major part of the Raiders Super Bowl XI victory.  He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and five Pro Bowls.

35. Charles Woodson (CB, 1998-2005)

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    Fun Fact: Woodson is the only defensive player in NCAA history to win the Heisman Trophy.

    Why He's On The List: He was elected to four straight Pro Bowls as a Raider.  Woodson was a major part of the team's 2002 Super Bowl run.

34. Matt Millen (LB, 1980-1988)

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    Fun Fact: Millen won a Super Bowl with three different teams.

    Why He's On The List: He was a part of two of the Raiders Super Bowl teams.  Millen was a part of one of the greatest line backing cores in NFL history.

33. Ben Davidson (DE, 1964-1971)

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    Fun Fact: The 6'8" Davidson didn't even play football in high school as he chose basketball instead.

    Why He's On The List: He was another player who played a big part in the Raiders earning that "bad boys" persona.  Davidson was elected to the All-Star team three times.

32. Mark Van Eeghen (HB, 1974-1981)

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    Fun Fact: Van Eeghen was voted fourth in Sports Illustrated's top 50 Greatest Sports Figures from Rhode Island.

    Why He's On The List: He's the Raiders second all-time leading rusher. He was a huge part in two of the Raiders Super Bowl titles.

31. Greg Townsend (DE, 1983-1993, 1997)

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    Fun Fact: Townsend is part of the 100 sack club.

    Why He's On The List: Townsend is the Raiders all-time sack leader.  He was voted an All-Pro four times in Los Angeles.

30. Otis Sistrunk (DE, 1972-1978)

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    Fun Fact: After his football days, Sistrunk became a professional wrestler.

    Why He's On The List: The man from the "University of Mars" was part of the Raiders Super Bowl XI squad.  He was also elected to one Pro Bowl.

29. Don Mosebar (C, 1983-1995)

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    Fun Fact: Mosebar was born in Yakima, Washington.

    Why He's On The List: He was elected to three Pro Bowls during his career.  Mosebar was the leader of an offensive line that also included Pro Bowlers Steve Wisniewski and Max Montoya.

28. Bo Jackson (HB, 1987-1990)

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    Fun Fact: Jackson was the first person to be named an All-Star in two different sports.

    Why He's On The List: If it wasn't for his hip injury, he probably would be number one on this list.  He's one of the greatest athletes in sports history.

27. Daryle Lamonica (QB, 1967-1974)

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    Fun Fact: Lamonica lettered in four different sports in high school.

    Why He's On The List: "The Mad Bomber" has the highest winning percentage in AFL history and the second highest in NFL history.  Lamonica was named MVP twice during his Raider days.

26. Dave Dalby (C, 1972-1985)

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    Fun Fact: Dalby was born in Alexandria, Minnesota.

    Why He's On The List: He was the starting center on all three Raiders Super Bowl winning teams.  He played for them all 14 years he was in the NFL.

25. Todd Christensen (TE, 1979-1988)

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    Fun Fact: Christensen set track and field world records as a nine year old.

    Why He's On The List: He was elected to five Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls with the Raiders.  Christiansen is the franchise's all-time leading tight end in catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns.

24. Lincoln Kennedy (OT, 1996-2003)

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    Fun Fact: Kennedy played one year in the Arena Football League for the Tampa Bay Storm.

    Why He's On The List: He was elected to three Pro Bowls as a Raider and was a major part of the Super Bowl XXXVII team.  He was named the Tuesday Morning Quarterback Non-QB Non-RB NFL MVP Award Winner in 2002.


23. Rich Gannon (QB, 1999-2004)

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    Fun Fact: Gannon attended the University of Delaware: the same school as Joe Flacco and Pat Devlin.

    Why He's On The List: Gannon was selected to four straight Pro Bowls and was awarded with the NFL MVP award.  He's second in franchise history in passing yardage.

22. Jack Tatum (S, 1971-1979)

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    Fun Fact: Tatum holds the record for the longest fumble return in NFL history.

    Why He's On The List: "The Assassin" is known as one of the hardest hitters in league history.  He was elected to three Pro Bowls during his time in Oakland.

21. Jim Plunkett (QB, 1978-1986)

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    Fun Fact: Plunkett is one of four players to win the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP.

    Why He's On The List: He was the starting quarterback on the Raiders for two of their Super Bowl victories.  Plunkett is fourth in franchise history in pass yards.

20. George Atkinson (SS, 1968-1977)

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    Fun Fact: Chuck Noll called Atkinson part of the "criminal element" in football.

    Why He's On The List: He's tied for fifth on the Raiders all-time interception list with Jack Tatum.  He's a two-time AFL All-Star.

19. Terry McDaniel (CB, 1988-1997)

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    Fun Fact: McDaniel holds the team record for most interception returns for touchdowns with five.

    Why He's On The List: He's third on the franchise's all-time interceptions list.  McDaniel was elected to five Pro Bowls in a Raiders uniform.

18. Henry Lawrence (OT, 1974-1986)

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    Fun Fact: Lawrence was born in Danville, Pennsylvania.

    Why He's On The List: He played on all three Raiders Super Bowl winning teams.  Lawrence was a Pro Bowler twice during his 13-year career with the team.

17. Phil Villapiano (LB, 1971-1979)

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    Fun Fact: Villapiano was born in Long Branch, New Jersey.

    Why He's On The List: He played on the Raiders Super Bowl XI team.  Villapiano was elected to four Pro Bowls in Oakland.

16. Lester Hayes (CB, 1977-1986)

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    Fun Fact: Hayes once referred to himself as the "only true Jedi in the NFL"

    Why He's On The List: "The Judge" is tied for the most interceptions in Raiders history and has the most in a single season with 13.  He was elected to five Pro Bowls and was a two-time Super Bowl Champion with the team.

15. Dan Conners (LB, 1964-1974)

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    Fun Fact: Conners was born in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

    Why He's On The List: He was a leader of the Raiders "11 angry men" defense.  Conners was voted on three consecutive All-Star teams.

14. Mike Haynes (CB, 1983-1989)

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    Fun Fact: During his time in New England, he recorded the franchise's first punt return touchdown ever.

    Why He's On The List: Haynes was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He went to three Pro Bowls as a Raider as he played opposite Lester Hayes during the team's XVIII Super Bowl run.

13. Ted Hendricks (LB, 1975-1983)

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    Fun Fact: Hendricks more famous nickname is "The Mad Stork," but his Raider nickname was, "Kick 'em in the Head Ted."

    Why He's On The List: The NFL's all-time leader in blocked field goals was elected to five Pro Bowls with the Raiders.  He played a major role in all three Raiders championships.

12. Rod Martin (LB, 1977-1988)

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    Fun Fact: Martin holds the record for most interceptions in a Super Bowl with three which is also tied for most career Super Bowl interceptions.

    Why He's On The List: He started on two of the Raiders Super Bowl winning teams.  Martin was elected to two Pro Bowls during his 12 seasons with the team.

11. Steve Wisniewski (OG, 1989-2001)

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    Fun Fact: NFL offensive line prospect Stephen Wisniewski is Steve's nephew.

    Why He's On The List: "Wiz" made the Pro Bowl eight times in a Raiders uniform.  He played his entire 13-year career with the team.

10. Cliff Branch (WR, 1972-1985)

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    Fun Fact: Branch is tied for the longest reception in NFL history which was 99 yards.

    Why He's On The List: Branch was with the Raiders for all three of their Super Bowl victories.  He's third in franchise history in receiving yards and touchdowns and was elected to four Pro Bowls in his career.

9. Howie Long (DE, 1981-1993)

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    Fun Fact: Long boxed in college and was the Northern Collegiate Heavy Weight Champion.

    Why He's On The List: He was a major part of the Raiders Super Bowl XVIII winning team.  He's second on the team's all-time sack list and was elected to eight Pro Bowls.

8. Ken Stabler (QB, 1968-1979)

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    Fun Fact: During his time with the Oilers, Stabler had his own soft drink that was called "Snake Venom."

    Why He's On The List: "The Snake" holds the franchise record in throwing yards and touchdowns and was elected to four Pro Bowls.  Stabler led the Raiders to a victory in Super Bowl XI and was the NFL MVP in 1974.

7. Fred Biletnikoff (WR, 1965-1978)

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    Fun Fact: After his career with the Raiders, Biletnikoff played one year in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes.

    Why He's On The List: He's second in franchise history in receiving yards and touchdowns.  Biletnikoff was elected to the Pro Bowl six times and was the Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XI.

6. Art Shell (OT, 1968-1982)

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    Fun Fact: Shell was the second African American head football coach ever.

    Why He's On The List: He played in eight Pro Bowls in a Raiders uniform.  He played all of his 15 years in Oakland and was a major part of two Raiders Super Bowl victories.

5. Willie Brown (CB, 1967-1978)

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    Fun Fact: Brown once held the Super Bowl record for longest interception return.

    Why He's On The List: He was a major contributor to the Raiders Super Bowl XI team and was elected to seven All-Star/Pro Bowl teams.  Brown is tied for the most interceptions in franchise history.

4. Tim Brown (WR, 1988-2003)

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    Fun Fact: Brown was the first wide receiver to ever win the Heisman Trophy.

    Why He's On The List: He holds the franchise record for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns by a large margin.  Brown was elected to nine Pro Bowls during his career with the Raiders.

3. Marcus Allen (HB, 1982-1992)

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    Fun Fact: Allen shares the NCAA record for the most 200-yard rushing games.

    Why He's On The List: He's first in franchise history in rushing yards and touchdowns by a wide margin.  Allen was elected to five Pro Bowls as a Raiders and named the Super Bowl MVP of Super Bowl XVIII.

2. Jim Otto (C, 1960-1974)

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    Fun Fact: No longer permitted by the NFL, Otto wore the number double zero as a pun of his last name (aught-oh).

    Why He's On The List: Otto was an AFL All-Star/Pro Bowler for 13 straight seasons. He played all of his 15 years with the Raiders and was elected into the Hall of Fame.

1. Gene Upshaw (OG, 1967-1981)

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    Fun Fact: Upshaw is the only player besides Jerry Rice to play in Super Bowls in three different decades.

    Why He's On The List: “Uptown Gene” went to six straight Pro Bowls from 1972-1976 and has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. More importantly, he played for the Raiders for 15 years and was a major part of two Super Bowl victories.

    David Daniels is an NFL Featured Columnist and Writing Intern at Bleacher Report and a Syndicated Writer. Follow him on Twitter or at One Yard Short.com.