Oakland Raiders: Five Of The Greatest Running Backs In Team History

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Sep 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece (45) leaps into the black hole of fans after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

2. Clem Daniels (1961-1967)

Daniels ranks third on Oakland’s all time rushing list, clocking in with more than 5,000 yards over his seven years in the East Bay. He was a strong, powerful runner who had a penchant for running through tackles, rather than avoiding them. He also had terrific speed.

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  • And what set Daniels apart during his heydey was the fact that he could catch the ball. Back in the day, running backs didn’t normally catch balls out of the backfield, but the Raiders utilized him in that fashion to devastating effect.

    In 1963, Daniels rushed for 1,099 yards, and caught 30 balls for another 685 yards. For his career, he averaged better than 16 yards per catch, and being the triple threat that he was, he averaged more than 21 yards per kickoff return.

    Daniels went to four Pro Bowls, was named All-Pro twice, and was also inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame. He went to one Super Bowl – that in 1967 – where his Raiders lost to Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers.

    And if you’re going to lose to somebody, there is absolutely no shame in losing to a Lombard-led Packers squad.

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