Las Vegas Raiders: 50 greatest players in franchise history

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Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders
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28. . RB. USC Trojans. Marcus Allen. 2. player

While the Raiders have had some excellent running backs over the years, Marcus Allen is by far and away the most accomplished of any player to have set foot in a backfield for the Silver and Black. Los Angeles used the No. 10 overall pick on the 1981 Heisman Trophy-winning running back out of nearby USC  in the 1982 NFL Draft.

Allen was an immediate impact player for the Raiders, making first-team All-Pro, the Pro Bowl and being named AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1982. In 1983, the Raiders would win Super Bowl XVIII over the Washington Redskins. Allen would make four straight Pro Bowls from 1984 to 1987. In 1985, he would win NFL MVP.

Allen would leave the Raiders after the 1992 NFL season for the arch-rival Kansas City Chiefs. He would play the next five seasons with Kansas City, making one last Pro Bowl before retiring in 1997. Allen would be a prototype of sorts for the modern NFL tailback. He finished with 12,243 rushing yards, 5,411 receiving yards, and 144 total offensive touchdowns. You could say Allen was The Godfather for the all-purpose tailback.

Allen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003 on his first ballot. His Canton classmates include Joe DeLamielleure, James Lofton and Hank Stram. Allen is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame from his time at USC. His No. 33 jersey is retired by his alma mater as well.