By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, October 31st, 2010 at 9:09 am in Oakland Raiders.
Caught the NFL Network’s hour-long show selecting the top 10 Raiders of all-time, and the decisions were so difficult they actually squeezed 12 names into a Top 10.
Here’s how they did it:
1–tie, Gene Upshaw and Art Shell
Great idea to put Shell and Upshaw together. Impossible to separate what they did as a tandem on the left side of the offensive line.
Let the nitpicking begin.
A few objections on my part.
– Ted Hendricks belongs on this list. Yes, he played for the Baltimore Colts and briefly for the Packers, but he was uniquely Raider to the core. There has never been another player with his skill set in the history of the NFL.
– Way too high _ Tim Brown, Long. They make anyone’s all interview teams and were undeniably great players. Brown was a virtual stranger to the post season and was a non-factor when he got there. Said it before and I’ll say it again _ Branch should go to the Hall of Fame before Brown.
– Way too low _ Willie Brown. Top five, at least.