By Steve Corkran
Thursday, September 27th, 2012 at 12:23 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Twelve people with Raiders ties are among the 127 nominated for the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.
The 12 are: coach Tom Flores, personnel man Ron Wolf, wide receiver Tim Brown, running back Roger Craig, tight end Todd Christensen, guard Steve Wisniewski, offensive tackle Jim Lachey, defensive tackles Ted Washington, Sam Adams and Warren Sapp, and cornerbacks Albert Lewis and Eric Allen.
Notable omissions are punter Ray Guy, who long has been among the nominees, wide receiver Cliff Branch and quarterback Jim Plunkett.
A Hall of Fame spokesman told me that all three now are considered senior candidates. Players whose careers ended at least 25 years ago fall into that category.