Oakland Raiders: 15 most beloved fan favorites in franchise history

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Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

The Raiders have existed for nearly 60 years now, so why not take a look at some of the most beloved players in franchise history.

It is one thing to come up with the best all-time players in team history, we have already done it here at Just Blog Baby and you can check it out here. It is another thing to attempt a ranking of fan favorites, as it is much more subjective.

When ranking all-time greats, it is simple to look at statistics and accolades and figure out an order and ranking system from that.

What qualifies players as a fan favorite? Even more difficult, what does one go by to attempt putting those fan favorites in order? Is it accolades and statistics as well? Is it what the player or person meant to the franchise both on and off the field? In reality, it is somewhat of a combination of those two concepts.

Many of the players on this ranking also happen to be on the all-time best list and for good reason. For a player to become a legend of the franchise, he earns a lot of fan support in the process; it's only logical.

Before we get started with the top 15, let's look at some honorable mentions who barely missed out on the cut. Club legends like Jim Otto, Jim Plunkett and Lester Hayes come up just short, as do more recent players like Ronald Curry and Nnamdi Asomugha, who became fan favorites through playing well on horrible Raiders teams.

Without any further ado, let's kick this ranking off with a very recent Raiders favorite, who unfortunately no longer dons the Silver and Black.

Next: No. 15