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Raiders HOF semifinalists

Former Raiders among the 25 players who named as semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010

WR Cliff Branch, 1972-85: Al Davis campaigns hardest for Ray Guy, Jim Plunkett and Tom Flores, but Branch is the guy with the biggest gripe. A regular-season and postseason star. Contemporaries included Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, both in the HOF. I’d take Branch over either one.

WR/KR Tim Brown, 1988-2003: There are going to be some surprised people in Raider Nation when Brown doesn’t make it in his first year. Like it or not, there are a lot of voters who look at Brown’s stats and don’t see enough wins or a defining moment. They consider him like a 28 ppg scorer on a bad NBA team. Someone has to put up the numbers, even if they don’t mean all that much.

If Cris Carter wasn’t a first-ballot pick, neither is Brown.

RB Roger Craig, 1991: Gained 591 yards, averaged 3.6 yards per carry, scored one touchdown and had no run longer than 16 years in an end-of-the-line season after piling up terrific rushing-receiving numbers with the 49ers. That wouldn’t stop the Raiders from putting him their media guide should he be inducted _ which he won’t in 2010.

P Ray Guy, 1973-86: Two problems _ there are simply too many voters who will never vote for a punter. Ridiculous, of course. It’s a huge part of the sport, and you can leave it to Canton visitors to bypass his bust if they’re offended. Then there’s the “There goes the neighborhood” issue. Guy’s career stats are being obliterated by Shane Lechler, the heir to his legacy in silver and black. That makes the voters think, “You mean we’ll have to put in another punter some day?

CB Lester Hayes, 1977-86: Never clear as to why Hayes isn’t taken more seriously as a candidate. Think Charles Woodson is having a great season for the Packers this year? It’s not even close to what Hayes did in 1980 _ the single best season any defensive back has ever had. “The Judge” had 39 career interceptions and made five Pro Bowls.

WR Jerry Rice, 2001-04: In 2001 and 2002, Rice caught 175 passes for 2,350 yards and 16 touchdowns following two sub-1,000 yard season playing second-fiddle to Terrell Owens in San Francisco. In 2003, Rice finally started to show some age, catching 63 passes for 869 yards. He turned 41 that season. Those numbers are looking pretty good to the Raiders about now.

Look for Rice’s bio in your Raiders media guide next year, and deservedly so. Two great years and a turn-back-the-clock playoff game against the Jets following the 2001 season (9 catches, 183 yards, one touchdown) added to his legacy.

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  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    sup Nation??

  • RaiderRockstar

    hello 408, dknight, m …

  • DMAC

    Sup Nation!

  • 4evaRaider

    Hey Rockstar…DMAC…408

  • 4evaRaider

    hope your’s was 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DMAC

    wasssup

  • RaiderRockstar

    raider QB’s jawalrus & bruce have been sacked 30 times in 11 games …

    chief QB’s cassel & croyle have been sacked 38 times!

    sd = 20 sacks

    den = 20 sacks

    is it any surprise that the 2 teams with the worst o-lines are at the bottom of the division?

  • 4evaRaider

    lmao!!!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    “The Raiders have a team payroll of $152,389,371.00 (league high)”

    LMFAO

    Well, at least Al is also hurting himself. No wonder he is looking to sell another 10% of his team to raise capital…only a fool would buy into this team unless they have independent verification from two doctors that Al Davis is going to be dead in less than 18 months.

  • DMAC

    Why and the hell is Sam Williams still in the league? Is he dating Al Davis’ daughter or niece? WTF

  • Florida Pete

    ZBS = Z B Schitty

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    DMAC Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 10:56 am
    Why and the hell is Sam Williams still in the league? Is he dating Al Davis’ daughter or niece? WTF
    _________________

    Nope, he is dating John Herrera.

  • RaiderRockstar

    CB/KR Justin Miller was cut by the Jets on Saturday.

    re-sign him!

    having Gary Russell attempt to return kicks is embarrassing… might as well throw the walrus in there, he has a pretty sweet spin move, ask Philly. LOL

  • DMAC

    I said it once and I’ll say it again. As much as I like Captain Kirk, I truly believe he needs to go back in play SLB. We to draft a stud MLB or pick one up in free agency. (gets tossed around 2 much on run plays)

  • DMAC

    Let’s throw manos de piedra DHB to return kickoffs! Let’s see that fk’n speed uncle Al loves.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Lol, I laughed so hard I almost fell out of my chair when I saw Russell returning kicks.

    You have to be fukkin kidding me Cable! A heavy-set fullback returning kicks?

    Jezuz cripes you must be nutz!

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    Oline in 10′…. All I want for Xmas is a RT C MLB and RG

  • RaiderRockstar

    i have no problem with Sam Williams being in the league or even on this team. every team needs depth

    he’s a good ST player.

    but when is it ok to have him start and then cover one of the best TE’s in the game?

    NEVER. Trevor Scott did a nice job. they should have started him at WLB and Howard at SLB. or maybe after placing Alston on IR signed somebody with experience like Morlon Greenwood or Derrick Brooks instead of playing somebody average and expecting him to be Superman?

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    408RAIDER Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 11:06 am
    Oline in 10′…. All I want for Xmas is a RT C MLB and RG
    _____________

    Al Davis says, “You’ll get two new cornerbacks, a new safety and some tweener DE/LBs and you will like it!”

  • 4evaRaider

    and a stud DT or 2

  • Nnamdi21

    Put fu-kin DMC back there returning kicks.

    Fumbled alot doing it in college but sheesh, Oaklands special teams look like shiz on the return.

    Gary Russell? He’s not even good enough to run block.

    I know its not priority but it should be. Oakland needs FULLBACKS that can open holes for its potentially talented running backs.

    Like putting regular gas in a dragster.

    What happened to Holland? He injured or what? Just when it looked like he was starting to get the hang of it, we throw G Russell back to return kicks.

    Serious mismanagement of assets.

    BTW, didn’t exactly see Gradkowski lighting up the revamped wide open offense either.

    So was it just J. Russell who’s only got a third of the playbook down?

    Grads been working with Paul Hackett since Tampa and thats all we got was standard crap plays. In fact, it looked even MORE restricted.

    Some of that was Dallas’s ends not letting us outside but still…

    Unfortunately for you Russell haters, its not just our former number one making the O look bad.

    What a mess… Davis has tried to fix the O. Got some high draft picks languishing there but its been seriously f’ed up since Gannon got his neck broke.

    I bet Cable stays head coach. Who else would want the job?

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Since we are talking draft here we go for 2010:

    Round 1- Brandon Spikes. Physical, put him in the middle and move Kirk over to the outside.

    Round 2- Rather than taking another youtube legend, trade the pick for a real everydown RB. Marshawn Lynch could be had, is from Oakland and is way better than anything we have. He actually breaks tackles from time to time.

    Round3-We have two picks, either go both O-line or 1 O-liner and 1 DB. Routt must be replaced.

    After that…..I will leave it up to Florida Pete and all his late-round gems

  • RaiderRockstar

    i hope we draft o-line in the first 3 rounds and draft Tebow in the 4th.

    last year they said he projects to be an NFL FB or TE

    i dont care what anybody says. this kid would be a better NFL QB on Day 1 than Russell, Graddy or Frye

    he’s got toughness, smarts, work ethic and he’s a proven winner

  • RaiderRockstar

    back to work. later gents!

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    November 30th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    he’s got toughness, smarts, work ethic and he’s a proven winner

    *******************************

    He also has a Hideo Nomo super-long windup, serious accuracy issues, a million miles on him, and a less than NFL arm.

    But hey I’m sure Cable will be able to advance all that he lacks, LOL

  • M Lonetree

    Lemme at ‘em…

    Dixon/Roethlisberger throwing to Hines Ward/Holmes
    or
    PolishPopGun/BayouBehemoth throwing to DHB/Schilens
    = advantage Pennsylvania

    Rashard/Fast Willie/Mewelde
    or
    MBush/CrashTest/McHog
    = advantage nada

    P!ssburgh D
    or
    Raiders own
    = advantage (close your eyes)

    oh well…

    whenever I have reached a milestone birthday I always think “thank God I don’t have to do that (the past) anymore”. watching the Raiders since the Marc Wilson era has seldom afforded me the opportunity to have similar thoughts as repetition of unsightliness on the field seems to recur endlessly.

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    Vegas no way we go LB 1st pic unless he runs a sub 4.20 40

  • DMAC

    Charlie Weis fired!

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    Doesn’t Tebow have 4.3 speed?? Be afraid Nation be very afraid

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    408,

    I know I know, but one can hope!!

    But what if Spikes runs the fastest 40 time for a LB in the draft?????

    Come on Brandon, work on that 40 time. The Nation needs you!!!

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    DMAC 4real? Wheres the link

  • Raider Dell

    Hope everybody had a great! Holiday weekend.

    Yikes, were already commenting draft. My gawd you guys.

    Thank god for the Sharks and Lakers.

    My Christmas wish list is for Dakota’s wife to have a healthy baby.

    4eva to find employment.

    RRS and the morning crew to get back together.

    LMN to get married and love the USA.

    More later.

    My plan of hope is taking shape. I’m going to visit a preacher, buddist monk, rabbi, and faith healer for my addiction to this team and blog, any suggestions?

  • Nnamdi21

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 11:08 am
    i have no problem with Sam Williams being in the league or even on this team. every team needs depth

    he’s a good ST player.

    but when is it ok to have him start and then cover one of the best TE’s in the game?

    NEVER. Trevor Scott did a nice job. they should have started him at WLB and Howard at SLB. or maybe after placing Alston on IR signed somebody with experience like Morlon Greenwood or Derrick Brooks instead of playing somebody average and expecting him to be Superman?

    ==================================

    Sam Williams is a joke. Wouldn’t make anyone elses roster (Maybe the Pats take him for a week or two)

    No one would expect him to cover. Thats Oaklands defense unprepared and on its heels. They sucked and all too often look out of sorts.

    Morrison sucks as D QB period.

    Huff’s been doing more but he’s not ready either. He blew several coverages that allowed Austin such a big game.

    Scott played standing up the majority of the game and was in coverage alot. Back fired on that red zone tip where he slammed into Tyvon Branch who would’ve walked into the endzone. All too typical for the Raiders.

    CALL THE BALL!!!

    Grade school BS.

    Heard it mentioned Scott against Dallas reminded them of Brayton and not just cuz he wears 91 too.

    Scott’s way better and I like how they’re using him more then just a pass rush specialist on 3rd.

    Of course, like you pointed out, its only out of necessity.

    Ricky Brown’s too little to play the position. Alston’s never taken the job and Williams has been a Davis charity case for waaaaay to long.

    Hate to say it hate to, but who else can you blame for the Raiders cellar dwelling performances lo’ these long years?

    The common denominator?

    AL DAVIS.

    I hate it. I hate where we are, what we’ve become and how we’ve been mismanaged into the abyss. Its beyond laughing stock and or pity. Now its just complete irrelevance.

    Thanks Al.

    It was always tough being a Raider fan. Now its this side of unbearable.

  • DMAC
  • DMAC

    What about me Dell?

  • Richochet

    # 4evaRaider Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 5:57 am
    yep all them Raiders should be in the Hall,imo.They made the Nfl what it is

    4evaRaider Says:
    November 29th, 2009 at 6:59 am
    The NFL should EMBRACE THE GREATNESS OF THE RAIDERS.Instead they dont honor their greats who made the nfl what it is.In this regard they are all like spoiled lil kids…hang on 2 petty vendettas and GOTCHA…BACK,imo
    =============================
    Do you drink, 4eva?
    No, not the silly sorry “Hey everyone, I’m going shopping. What beer should I buy?” kind of drinking. I mean, are you a fall down drunk?

    Do you even bother to read what you post? It’s idiot takes like the above that has people laughing at you, and Raider fans in general. Makes you look stupid. Makes you look “slow”.

    Think about it. You state the NFL SHOULD EMBRACE THE GREATNESS OF THE RAIDERS.

    Either you’re a babbling drunk, or you’re a full blown idiot. I’m not sure I care which one it is, actually.

  • Nnamdi21

    I know Troy Smith doesn’t have the Al Davis canon for an arm and he’s “too short” but that kid is a leader and a winner.

    He’d be helming the Ravens if not for Flacco and likely winning.

    Get Smith at least as Russell’s back up for next year till we boot his azz.

    I still got Russell’s back and think he’s going to be a good QB, but man, clocks f’in tickin…

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Al Davis is making my escape from reality (football) affect my actual reality (life).

    When I’m 40 and already on blood-pressure reducers, I am going to send a bill to Al.

  • Raider Dell

    DMAC

    What do you want for a Christmas wish.

  • Nnamdi21

    He richosh-it. 4 eva was talking about Raiders not getting the nod for the HOF and yeah, belive it or not their used to be some worthy players in silver and black who get silver and black balled by know nothing, never played the game writers simply because they hate Oakland and Davis doesn’t lick the medias scrotum.

  • Kirk

    Why not put Trevor Scott at middle linebacker?

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Nmamdi,

    There is a youtube video of the two (Russell and Smith) doing a sideline interview in their rookie years, during the LSU-Ohio State BCS game.

    Smith is wearing his teams colors and blue jeans, speaks articulately and is focused. Russell is wearning god knows what, is goofing off, not paying attention….and well the youtube video is titled “Jamarcus Russell attempts to speak English”.

    I will take Smith as well.

  • 4evaRaider

    Raider Dell…dont be suprised if a preacher,buddist monk,rabbi and faith-healer are addicted 2 this sit and team also lol

  • DMAC

    I want a Oakland Raider teams that at least plays with a 500 record. Is that too much to ask for. I’m tired of being laughed at.

  • Raider Dell

    DMAC

    I just want a team that plays hard every game and starts DMAC and Bush w/ no restrictions for either.

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    Oline help 4 xmas… Pleaseeeeeeee!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Thanks Dell.

  • 4evaRaider

    sitEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • DMAC

    It’s tuff supporting the Raiders, Warriors, and A’s. But I’m not giving up on my teams just yet. I’m 28 years old, hopefully I’ll witness a few championships from any one of my teams before I die.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Hey, any of you guys have M*A*S*H seasons 3, 9, 10 or 11 on DVD that you would like to sell?

    …or give away? lol