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Former Oakland Raiders’ great Raymond Chester believes the Pro Football Hall of Fame needs to take “a hard look” at promoting senior candidates who have slipped through the cracks.

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Denver finished in the Top 5, allowing the third fewest points in the league, but an inexperienced and scrambled quarterback position cost the Broncos. That offensive inefficiency doomed Denver to a 9-7 finish.

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Carolina coach Ron Rivera said if he had a chance to give someone a pass to Canton … someone not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame … it would be former quarterback Jim Plunkett.

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Ken Stabler made a career of rescuing the Raiders, and his daughter followed in Dad’s footsteps — intervening to save his replica jersey after an irate fan threatened to burn it.

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So what will the Raiders miss most about Oakland, a city they will leave for the second time in 40 years? We asked a panel in and around the franchise.

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Why does Tim Brown bow down every time he runs into former coach Lou Holtz? Because Holtz saved his football career, Brown said, and helped mold him into a Heisman Trophy winner and Hall of Famer.

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Former defensive tackle Richard Seymour says he “always wanted to be known and considered as one of the best.” Well, here’s his chance. He is up for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

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There is no closer race this season than the league MVP, with Matt Ryan and Derek Carr the frontrunners. And while votes will not be counted until next month, former coach Jim Fassel already has made his choice.

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Forty-six years after the Immaculate Reception, former Raiders linebacker Phil Villapiano not only insists the play was not legal but reveals his plan for one last tackle of Franco Harris.

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New England owner Robert Kraft doesn’t want to see the Oakland Raiders or San Diego Chargers move. But they may have no choice, and, if that were to happen, he tells the Talk of Fame Network why he could … and maybe would … support them.

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For the first time since 2002, the Oakland Raiders are a legitimate playoff factor, and that’s not only good for Raider Nation; it’s great for the NFL.

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Oakland secondary assistant Rod Woodson likes the idea of rugby-style tackling, and you can see why. So why don’t the Raiders consult the best in the rugby business — the national champion Cal Bears?

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Jim Plunkett won two Super Bowls with the Oakland Raiders. But he might not … would not … have gotten there if Al Davis had granted him his wish prior to the 1980 season.

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The last time the Oakland Raiders were in the playoffs Rich Gannon quarterbacked them to Super Bowl XXXVII. But that drought could end soon, with Gannon saying it could end now. On the latest Talk of Fame Network, he explains why.

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Ken Norton not only was a three-time Super Bowl champion; he was one of the most resilient linebackers of his era. So he knows toughness, and what the Raiders’ defensive coordinator knows about today’s game is that “if you’re not a tough guy you can hide in this league for years.”

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