Nov 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs former running back Marcus Allen attends the game between the Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
At the Kansas City Chiefs game, seeing Marcus Allen among the rest of the Raiders Hall of Fame players made me think of the Oakland Raiders good ole days. Running the ball well and throwing deep off of it has always been what Raiders football is all about.
When the Raiders were successful, they always had a great running back that drew the attention of the defense on play action.
That’s how they won their championships so for every championship team or good team the Raiders had, there was such a player on the team. These running backs were team-oriented men that were versatile and whatever the team needed at the time is what they did.
Some of these backs might not have been threats to go the distance on a single carry, but again, they did what was asked of them–block, move the chains, keep drives moving and hold onto the ball.
So I rated the top 10 based on the eye test, career statistics with the Raiders, impact, especially on good teams and championships.