It's time to buck the odds and keep yourself going during the Raiders bye week before they return September 29th to host Tennessee. What better way than to put together an all-time Raiders team, even though such a task is a brain-wracker.
First of all, we must make rigid standards in the salary cap/free agency era. The player had to have played for the Raiders for at least five years. Earning a spot is based on performance not potential. Bo Jackson was an ungodly athlete and who knows what he may have accomplished if his career was not cut short because of injury. The fact is that he only played four years and never made the Pro Bowl.
If a player made the Hall-of-Fame and played for the Raiders for at least five years, that makes him an automatic selection. However, you may notice that current Raiders like Jerry Rice and Rod Woodson are not on the team. Future Hall-of-Famers? No doubt but the majority of their success came in a different uniform. The number of All-Pro, Pro Bowl and AFL All-Star selections are another consideration. That's right -- no dissing players just because they played in the AFL.
In addition, there must be a generational reminder. For the Raider fans from the 1960s and 1970s, we respect your knowledge of history but the game did not end in 1983 just because that was the last time the Raiders won a Super Bowl. The younger fans who only wear Raiders attire to look like a bunch of thugs, you need a history lesson.