Oakland Raiders: The Franchise’s All Time Starting Team

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August 30, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders former player Willie Brown (left) and owner Mark Davis (right) before a preseason NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals at O.co Coliseum. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

CornerbackWillie Brown

In 1967, the Denver Broncos traded corneback Willie Brown to the Raiders – and one has to wonder how many years after that they spent kicking themselves in the butt for it.

Brown spent the next twelve seasons haunting the Broncos – and every other team in the league. Brown has 54 career interceptions – which is good enough to tie him for twenty-first on the NFL’s all time list. His 39 in Silver and Black are good enough to make him the franchise leader – tied with one player for the honor.

Brown, one of the members of Oakland’s vaunted Soul Patrol – a unit that not even Seattle’s Legion of Boom could hold a candle to – was a four time Pro Bowler, a two time All Pro, was named to the NFL’s All Decade team for the 1970’s, and had one of the most iconic plays in league history when he picked off Fran Tarkenton in Super Bowl XI, returning it for a 75 yard score – a record at the time.

Brown has a lengthy list of accolades earned over his colorful and storied career – a career capped off with his 1984 Hall of Fame induction.

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