Oakland Raiders: The Franchise’s All Time Starting Team

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Jan 31, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders former wide receiver Marcus Allen on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors award ceremony at Symphony Hall. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Running BackMarcus Allen

The last few years of Allen’s career were a crying shame. To see him finish out his playing days in a Chiefs uniform was as disgraceful as it was tragic. But it doesn’t take away from the fact that he remains as the best running back the Raiders have ever had.

Allen was a first round pick in 1982 – tenth overall out of USC. He went on to play eleven seasons in Silver and Black, accruing 8,545 yards and 79 touchdowns. He also had one of the most memorable runs in Super Bowl history, when he gashed Washington on an electrifying 74 yard touchdown run – part of an overall 191 yard effort – as the Raiders dominated Super Bowl XVIII.

Allen’s list of accolades is longer than the police blotter in a typical NFL season. For his career, Allen rushed for more than 12,000 yards and added more than 5,000 more in receptions. He also tallied 144 touchdowns.

His exploits rightly earned him induction into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

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