Las Vegas Raiders: 50 greatest players in franchise history

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Steve Wisniewski, Oakland Raiders
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28. . LG. Penn State Nittany Lions. Steve Wisniewski. 15. player

The best former Raider that is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame that has not been elected is former Pro Bowl guard Steve Wisniewski. He spent his entire 13-year NFL career with the Raiders organization. Los Angeles used a second-round pick on the guard out of Penn State in the 1989 NFL Draft.

Wisniewski rarely missed games playing for the Raiders. He appeared 206 of a possible 208 games over his 13-year NFL career, starting in all 206 at guard. Beginning in his sophomore season in 1990, Wisniewski would be a fixture in Pro Bowls on the AFC side. His two best years as a professional came in 1991 and 1992 when he was named to the All-Pro first team.

The Raiders would relocate halfway through his NFL career. Wisniewski would play his final seven NFL seasons in the Bay Area from 1995 to 2001. In total, Wisniewski made eight trips to the Pro Bowl in his career. He made the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade Team. One would think that making seven Pro Bowls in one decade would be enough to earn one Canton enshrinement, but here we are.

Wisniewski has been eligible to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame since 2007. Perhaps playing a non-sexy position of guard is what is keeping him out? It did take Jerry Kramer several decades for him to finally earn his gold jacket. Given that he was a two-time All-American at Penn State, Wisniewski should probably be in the College Football Hall of Fame, too. What are these voters doing?