NFL Mt. Rushmore-Oakland Raiders
Written by Curt Popejoy on 06/06/2012
Every NFL Franchise has it’s own pantheon of football gods. That group of players who are not only historic in terms of talent, but even more than that, these are the players who you have to talk about when you tell the story of your team. This is part of a 32 article series where I tell you who I would put among that elite group. For this, it’s Mt. Rushmore. 4 players only. The 4 heads you would carve on a mountain that would live forever as the greatest in franchise history.
Now, I don’t profess to know the history of every franchise in the league. So, I did my research. And part of that was reaching out to you fans. But if you don’t agree with the 4 guys I have selected, come find me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nfldraftboard and let me hear what you think.
Oakland Raiders-Just win baby. Obviously if this monument included non-players former owner Al Davis would be front and center. He’s been the picture of this franchise for decades and even after his passing, his influence echoes his philosophy. Recent history hasn’t been kind to Raiders fans in terms of wins but their history is storied and very colorful and it has players that go right with that.
1. Howie Long, LB-I’m almost certain that Long isn’t one of the 4 best Raiders in franchise history, so Raiders fans I understand Raider nation is going to flame me, but to fans outside the league, Long is the face of the Raiders. Hall of Fame. Super Bowl Champion, 5 times All Pro, and all decade team(1980’s) are resume enough for me.
2. Ken Stabler, QB-Another Raider type of player. Played pretty wild and carefree, and was kinda reckless. He’s what a Raider in the 1970’s was all about. Plus you figure in a Super Bowl championship 2 All Pro Selections and a League MVP and The Snake is a welcome edition to this group.
3. Fred Biletnikoff, WR-If I am talking about the greatest Raider of all time, Biletnikoff is my guy. 6 time all pro in 7 seasons, a Super Bowl Title and Super Bowl MVP that same season. Biletnikoff might have the best hands of any wide receiver that ever played the game and that includes Jerry Rice and that’s without Stik-Um.
4. Jim Otto, C-I spent a little time online trying to debate between Otto and Gene Upshaw, and in my research I kept seeing Otto was Mr. Oakland Raiders, so I went with the masses. Highlights show that Otto was a dominant center in the league and exemplified what being a Raider is all about.
Last Edited: 06/06/2012