November 4, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) runs with the ball before being tackled by Oakland Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch (33) in the fourth quarter at Coliseum. The Buccaneers defeated the Raiders 42-32. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Birthday Tyvon Branch

Dec 6, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) controls the ball between Oakland Raiders free safety Matt Giordano (27), strong safety Tyvon Branch (33) and cornerback Michael Huff (24) during the first quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


Number 33 for the silver and black has endured a rough start in his NFL career. He is currently the only reason for hope in the Raider’s secondary, and one cannot help but pity the man for playing amongst a hopeless and shattered team. Despite his best effort and eye opening plays on the field, Branch has spent his 4 year career surrounded by mediocrity. This season has unfolded itself as yet another bid for the draft, leaving the birthday boy to suffer once again. His hard work did not pay off, his leadership lacked the able bodies to lead, and ultimately the season was lost for the Oakland Raiders.

After suffering through losing seasons in Oakland the question rises, will Tyvon Branch leave the Bay during the off-season? Raider Nation knows that Reggie McKenzie isn’t afraid of cleaning house, but will he really go as far as to let the once franchise tagged safety walk away, and will Branch even want to stay in the Bay if yet another new coaching staff is introduced (assuming Reggie McKenzie realizes he made a mistake hiring Jim Carey a.k.a. Dennis Allen and Jeff Daniels a.k.a. Greg Knapp as coaches).

All questions aside Raider Nation is very thankful to have at least one real defensive back on the team (sorry Micheal Huff, maybe you should change positions again. Possibly cheerleader this time?).  With any luck Tyvon Branch will stick around and lead the Raiders to an overdue winning season, and many more.

Happy Birthday Tyvon Branch!



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