There was a cool discussion on Twitter in recent days – no, not the Yanni or taco-ketchup goofs. There was a question out there, asking fans what player in the history of their favorite team’s franchise do they wish played their entire careers with the team. I loved it. And I’ll use it as inspiration because we are all about fun and thought here at RaidersSnakepit.com.
Below, l offer candidates you can pick for the Raiders. Please fill the comment section at the bottom of the story with your choice. If your choice is not one of my options, please give your thought as well.
They are presented in alphabetical order:
Eric Dickerson: He spent one season (1992) of his 11-year NFL career with the Raiders Dickerson is remembered as one of the best running backs of all-time. It should be noted he came into the NFL one season after the Raiders drafted fellow Hall of Fame tailback Marcus Allen.
Mike Haynes: He spent the first seven years of his career with New England. He spent the final seven years of his Hall of Fame career with the Raiders, spanning 1983-89. He was a fabulous Raider. It could have been unfair he if would have played most of his early career opposite Lester Hayes.
Ronnie Lott: He spent two seasons of his (1991-92) of his 15-season NFL career with the Raiders. He is one of the hardest hitters in NFL history and would have been a great all-time Raider.
Ron Mix: He spent the final of his 10-season career with the Raiders in 1971. He was an all-time great tackle.
Jerry Rice: The GOAT. This is the most logical answer. Rice played 20 NFL seasons and spent four with the Raiders, spanning 2001-04. He had some good seasons here. Rice is widely considered at the best non-quarterback ever to play in the NFL. So, yeah, it would have been a nice 20-year run with the Raiders.
Warren Sapp: Sapp played the final four (2004-07) of his 14-season career with the Raiders. But, of course, the Hall of Famer was much better as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. He would have been a force in the middle of the defensive line for the Raiders.
Richard Seymour: He will probably be a Hall of Famer soon. He played the final four years of his career (2009-12) with the Raiders after starring for the Patriots. Like Sapp, he was a special force on the defensive line.
Charles Woodson: This is the most interesting candidate, I think. Woodson spent the eight years of his career with the Raiders, 1998-2005. Then, he went to Green Bay where he was a superstar. He then played the final three years of his career with the Raiders, 2013-15 and he was the best player on the defense in his late 30s. Having Woodson in the Silver and Black for his full 18-year career would have been pretty special.