1. Willie Brown, 1967-1978
Willie Brown was another outstanding player who reached new heights after Al Davis introduced him to Oakland. The 6-1, 195-pound Brown was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Grambling by the Houston Oilers of the American Soccer League in 1963 however was reduce throughout coaching camp. He signed with the Denver Broncos shortly after that and have become a starter by midseason of his rookie 12 months. Brown was an All-AFL choice in his final three seasons within the Mile Excessive Metropolis earlier than the Raiders acquired him in a commerce earlier than the 1967 season, and the remainder is Silver and Black historical past. “In all probability the best reminiscence as a Raider is coming to the Raiders, assembly Al Davis in Denver,” Brown mentioned. “I used to be taking part in with Denver and obtained traded to the Raiders. He took the time to come back to Denver, fly-in, discuss to me about becoming a member of the Raiders. That’s in all probability the best second.” Brown stepped proper into the beginning lineup of the famed Eleven Indignant Males protection because the Raiders gained the 1967 AFL Championship by beating the Oilers, 40-7, as he made an interception, earlier than shedding to the Inexperienced Bay Packers, 33-14, in Tremendous Bowl II to complete the season with an total 14-2 document. Brown made All-AFL or All-Professional in every of seven straight seasons beginning in 1967 and was an All-Star in 10 of the 16 professional seasons he performed. As soon as once more, we don’t know what number of tackles he made in his profession as a result of these statistics weren’t saved by the NFL in these days, however he had 54 interceptions that he returned for 472 yards and two touchdowns, each with the Raiders in 1967 and 1968, and 4 fumble recoveries—all with the Silver and Black. Brown made 9 picks with the Broncos in 1964 and 7 in 1967 with the Raiders however made fewer as his profession went alongside as a result of in lots of instances quarterbacks merely stopped throwing his approach. Brown was chosen to the All-Time American Soccer League (1960-69) workforce, the NFL Nineteen Seventies All-Decade Group, the NFL a hundredth Anniversary All-Time Group and was elected to the NFL Corridor of Fame in 1984, his first 12 months of eligibility. He is also a member of the Louisiana, Mississippi, and African-American Ethnic Sports activities Halls of Fame. In 1999, Brown was ranked No. 50 on The Sporting Information’ checklist of the 100 Best Soccer Gamers. Brown invented the bump-and-run go protection, which was finally outlawed as a result of he and different cornerbacks turned so adept at it. The signature play of Brown’s profession was a 75-yard interception return in opposition to quarterback Fran Tarkenton on the age of 37 to place the ending touches on the Raiders’ 32-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Tremendous Bowl XI. “Outdated Man Willie, he’s going all the best way,” chortled Invoice King, the Raiders’ legendary play-by-play announcer as Brown ran down the correct sideline on the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, Calif. After he retired following the 1978 season, Brown was defensive backfield coach for the Raiders from 1979 to 1988, together with victories in Tremendous Bowl XV and XVIII, earlier than changing into head coach at Lengthy Seaside State in 1991 till the college dropped soccer on the finish of the season, and holding the pinnacle teaching job at Jordan Excessive Faculty in Los Angeles in 1994. Then he returned to the Raiders as Director of Workers Improvement, a place he held till his dying in 2019 on the age of 78.
2. Mike Haynes, 1983-1989
Like Willie Brown, Haynes already was a star when he got here to the Raiders in 1983, and as soon as there he teamed with Lester Hayes to type among the best cornerback combos in NFL historical past. Haynes was chosen with the fifth total decide of the 1976 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots out of Arizona State and confirmed instantly that the selection was merited by being named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Yr and United Press Worldwide Rookie of the Yr, along with making the All-Professional workforce and taking part in within the Professional Bowl. He made eight go interceptions as a rookie, however that was his career-high, as like Brown quarterbacks usually didn’t attempt to throw the soccer his approach as a result of they had been afraid it would quickly be going again the opposite approach. Haynes had a complete of 46 interceptions in his profession, together with 18 with the Raiders, six for a whopping 220 yards, and a 97-yard landing in opposition to the Miami Dolphins in 1984. He additionally had 11 pressured fumbles and recovered 11 in 177 profession video games between 1976 and 1989, scoring 5 touchdowns, two on punt returns of 89 and 62 yards. Haynes performed out his possibility with the Patriots in 1983 and went to the Raiders in November for No. 1 and No. 2 draft selections, arriving simply in time to play the final 5 video games of the common season. After that, Haynes performed key roles in a 24-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers to open the 1983 playoffs, a 21-14 victory over the Seattle Seahawks within the American Soccer Convention Championship Recreation, and a 38-9 rout of the Washington Redskins in Tremendous Bowl XVIII. The Raiders had been 8-3 when Haynes arrived, together with a 37-35 loss to the Redskins early within the season, however went 7-1 with him within the lineup. Within the Tremendous Bowl, Haynes and Hayes just about shut down the Redskins exterior passing sport and Haynes had an interception and sack in opposition to quarterback Joe Theismann. “I might see the concern in Theismann’s face,” Raiders defensive finish Howie Lengthy mentioned. Hayes and Haynes mixed with safeties Mike Davis and Vann McElroy to present the Raiders a formidable secondary, which rivaled the Silver and Black’s famed “Soul Patrol” of Brown and Skip Thomas on the corners, with Jack Tatum and George Atkinson at security, that performed a giant position because the Silver and Black gained Tremendous Bowl XI. Haynes was an All-Professional choice in 1977, 1978, 1982, 1984, and 1985, and an All-AFC decide eight occasions, along with taking part in in 9 Professional Bowls. He was a 1984 Defensive Participant of the Yr, made the NFL Eighties All-Decade Group, and was chosen to the NFL 75-Yr Anniversary Group along with the NFL 100-Yr Anniversary All-Time Group. Haynes was elected to the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 1997, was ranked No. 93 on The Sporting Information’ checklist of the 100 Best Soccer Gamers in 1999, and is No. 49 among the many NFL Community’s High 100 Best Gamers. In fact, he’s additionally on the Raiders All-Time Group.
3. Lester Hayes, 1977-1986
Sadly, Hayes is understood virtually for as a lot as his use to “Stickum” as he’s for his good play throughout his good 10-year profession, all with the Raiders. Hayes was launched to Stickum, an adhesive substance utilized by gamers to enhance their grip, in his rookie season by Corridor of Fame vast receiver and fellow teammate Fred Biletnikoff. Nevertheless, as a substitute of simply making use of a small quantity to his arms, he started to slather it throughout his arms and even his uniform. After Hayes led the NFL with 13 receptions for 273 yards and a 62-yard landing in 1980, Stickum was outlawed by the NFL. His 13 picks had been one off the NFL document set by the nice Dick “Night time Practice” Lane of the Los Angeles Rams in 1952. Hayes made 25 interceptions for 486 yards and three touchdowns in his first 4 seasons, however solely 14 extra for 86 yards in his final 10, and critics declare it was as a result of he couldn’t use Stickum anymore. In fact, it additionally might have been as a result of quarterbacks didn’t throw his approach as a lot as a result of the end result usually was not good. Nonetheless, Hayes’ 39 profession interceptions tied the Raiders document set by Corridor of Fame cornerback Willie Brown. Hayes was a ballhawk, and he recovered seven fumbles in his profession, together with one for a 42-yard landing in his closing season. The 6-2, 215-pound Hayes was chosen by the Raiders within the fifth spherical (No. 126 total) out of Texas A&M within the 1977 NFL Draft and proved to be a steal. With the Aggies, he performed defensive finish as a freshman and linebacker as a sophomore earlier than transferring to security for his final two seasons and made the All-American workforce as a senior. The Raiders noticed him as a cornerback and he proved them proper. Hayes began two video games as a rookie, moved into the beginning lineup in his second season when he made 4 interceptions for 86 yards in returns. When Mike Haynes got here to the Raiders in 1983, he and Hayes turned one of many best cornerback duos in NFL historical past. Haynes and Hayes shut down big-play vast receivers Charlie Brown, who made three catches, and Artwork Monk, who had just one, because the Raiders routed the Washington Redskins, 38-9, in Tremendous Bowl XVIII at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Together with his high receivers unable to get open, quarterback Joe Theismann was sacked six occasions. “Hayes and Haynes had been the distinction within the sport,” Redskins Normal Supervisor Bobby Beathard mentioned. Earlier than that, Hayes intercepted a go and returned it 18 yards for a landing in a 38-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers within the first spherical of the playoffs, and picked off a go and ran 44 yards for a rating in a 30-14 win over the Seattle Seahawks within the AFC Championship Recreation. And he didn’t want Stickum for both of these performs. Hayes, who starred on two Tremendous Bowl champions for the Raiders, performed in 5 Professional Bowls, was chosen to the All-Professional Group six occasions, was NFL Defensive Participant of the Yr in 1980, was named to the NFL Eighties All-Decade Group, and is a member of the Raiders All-Time Group. Maybe solely Stickum has saved him out of the Corridor of Fame.
4. Terry McDaniel, 1988-1997
McDaniel turned the most recent excellent Raiders cornerback after they drafted him with the ninth decide within the first spherical of the 1988 NFL Draft out of Tennessee, the place he was an All-Southeast Convention choice and a second-team All-American as a senior, and completed his profession with 146 whole tackles (97 solos), 11 passes damaged up, and 6 interceptions. That was solely an inkling of what was to come back with the Silver and Black.
“They instructed me about how Mike Haynes had simply set a brand new (wage) commonplace for cornerbacks,” mentioned McDaniel, who was moved from vast receiver to cornerback after his sophomore season, and it modified the course of his profession. “It was a dialogue, however I feel their thoughts was made up. … You hear a lot concerning the Raiders. Individuals suppose, ‘The Raiders are coming, conceal the ladies and youngsters.’” Regardless that he missed most of his rookie 12 months due to a damaged leg sustained within the second sport of the season, he confirmed Raider Nation what it was lacking the following season, when he made 68 total tackles, three interceptions that he returned for 21 yards, ran 42 yards for a landing on a fumble restoration within the season opener and added a sack. That was solely the start, as in his 10 seasons with the Silver and Black, he had 491 tackles and three sacks made 34 picks (second in franchise historical past) for 624 yards in returns and 5 touchdowns (a franchise document), together with a 67-yarder in 1992, and added 5 pressured fumbles and 7 that he recovered, together with two that he returned for touchdowns. His 5 touchdowns are a Raiders document for defenders and his interceptions rank third in franchise historical past. McDaniel made the Professional Bowl 5 consecutive years from 1992-1996 and made All-Professional each season from 1992-1995. His greatest season in all probability was 1994, when he made 61 whole tackles, added a career-high seven intercepted passes that he returned for 103 yards and two touchdowns, along with making three fumble recoveries that he took again for 48 yards and one other rating. The spotlight was a go from the nice John Elway of the Denver Broncos that McDaniel picked off and returned 15 yards for a landing in a 48-16 victory at Mile Excessive Stadium. Later that season, he intercepted three passes by quarterback Drew Bledsoe of the New England Patriots, returning them for 44 yards and a 14-yard landing, plus one other that arrange the game-winning TD in a 21-17 Raiders victory. After taking part in 143 video games for the Raiders, McDaniel was launched after lacking three video games due to a knee damage after the 1996 season and signed with the Seattle Seahawks, whereby his closing NFL season he intercepted one go and returned it 43 yards for a landing. Today, the 56-year-old McDaniel is a Sunday faculty trainer for Fact in God Ministry in Knoxville, Tenn., and yearly he holds a free soccer camp for children in his childhood hometown of Saginaw, Mich., the place he grew up on the poor aspect of city. For the primary camp in 1995, he introduced in fellow NFL gamers Lionel Washington, Tim Brown, Mark Ingram, Darren Hoskins, and James Trapp. “I simply wished the children there to have a possibility to fulfill knowledgeable athlete,” McDaniel mentioned. “I bear in mind rising up in Saginaw. Professional athletes all the time appeared untouchable. I wished to present the children an opportunity to speak and work together with NFL gamers.” He was inducted into the Saginaw County Sports activities Corridor of Fame in 2002 however is one other Raider who some imagine belongs within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame however has but to get there.
5. Nnamdi Asomugha, 2003-2010
Asomugha performed security on the College of California in Berkeley, proper subsequent to Oakland, however the Raiders moved him to cornerback after they drafted him within the first spherical (No. 31) within the 2003 NFL Draft, and he didn’t disappoint. The 6-2, 210-pound Asomugha performed nicely coming off the bench in his first two seasons, regardless that he didn’t make an interception, collected a complete of 83 tackles, three passes defended, a fumble restoration, and a sack. He moved into the beginning lineup in 2005 and made 60 tackles, together with two for losses, and had 14 passes defended however nonetheless didn’t have a go interception. Nevertheless, the following season Asomugha picked off a career-high eight passes and returned them for 59 yards, together with a 24-yard landing return in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He additionally had 50 tackles together with 48 solos and three for losses, 19 passes defended, a sack, a pressured fumble, and one landing. Everybody took discover, as Asomugha was named All-Professional for the primary time, together with by Sports activities Illustrated and The Related Press, was chosen to the Professional Bowl, was chosen the Raiders’ Most Priceless Participant, and acquired the franchise’s Dedication to Excellence Award. He was chosen a workforce captain in 2007, however by no means once more had greater than three interceptions in a season as a result of quarterbacks merely didn’t take a look at him. For instance, solely 31 passes had been thrown in Asomugha’s course in 2007 and he allowed solely 10 completions, and an NFL scout instructed Professional Soccer Weekly that he was thrown at “lower than any defender within the final 10 seasons.” Nonetheless, Asomugha was named All-Professional and to the Professional Bowl once more, as he could be for his final three seasons with the Silver and Black. “Asomugha is the perfect (cornerback) I’ve seen shortly all through this league,” Coach Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans mentioned. “He’s huge, he’s quick (and) they put him on the market on an island the entire sport. He’s an distinctive participant.” The Raiders signed Asomugha to a fancy three-year deal in 2009 that made him the highest-paid defensive again in NFL historical past, with $28.5 million absolutely assured within the first two seasons. Nevertheless, Asomugha performed out his possibility after two years and his Raiders profession was over after eight seasons when he signed a five-year, $60-million take care of the Philadelphia Eagles. Throughout these eight years with the Silver and Black, he performed 122 video games, made 311 tackles together with 18 for losses, had 11 interceptions that he returned for 69 yards and a landing, had two sacks, pressured two fumbles, and recovered one. Asomugha was a four-time All-Professional with the Raiders, was chosen to 4 Professional Bowls, was named Byron “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Yr in 2009, and was chosen as one of many Best Oakland Raiders by the Oakland Tribune. Asomugha performed two seasons with the Eagles and yet one more with the San Francisco 49ers, who waived him halfway via the season. Later that 12 months, he signed a one-day contract so he might retire as a member of the Silver and Black. In 2016, Professional Soccer Focus named Asomugha the perfect Oakland Raiders participant of the earlier 10 years and he was chosen to the NFL All-Decade Group for the 2000s. After retiring from the NFL, Asomugha went into performing and in 2017 he acquired crucial approval for his portrayal of Carl King within the movie Crown Heights. He has appeared in quite a few different films and tv reveals.
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