Holy Smokes... What Marcus did to Jack Lambert in playoffs was hilarious. Jack didnt have a chance to tackle Marcus... best cut-back rb ever. I was too young to realize Marcus went 9-1 against the Raiders as a Chef. Ouch, I didnt like to hear that... go eat a dick, Marty!
Allen was my idol growin up..he meant a lot to me. He was just fearless and one of the best scorers ever played the game. I'll never forget the day I met him in Canton...first Raiders player I met.. so cool..it was meant to be. I had no idea I was goin to meet him that day.
When we're black, we're bad- Howie Long
Just watched this, Marcus is by far the best raider skilled position player, yes Bo was great but his body of work is too short.
This is not raider related but one of my favorite non raiders was Earl Campbell, NBC sports is running a life story on him also, check it out if you can.
As I've read the comments on this thread I recall that Allen was not Al Davis' choice so perhaps that is why there was friction. Davis felt Allen wasn't fast enough and his number inflated because of USC's offensive line. I think Allen proved his detractors wrong and just maybe that's why there was a rift. Allen proved Davis wrong about drafting him...
"You can't Appoint, Hire, or Declare Leadership" ~ Sonny Barger
"Al Davis thought all owners were dilettantes with a new toy. He said to me many times through the years that owners are often the problem with their franchises, that too many of them think they can run things when they cannot, and the teams that succeed are the ones where the owner hires the best people he can and turns the game over to them."
And just curious, if Allen wasn't the choice I wonder who Al had targeted?
"He's relentless, shoot him in the head is the only way to stop him. If Howie's alive and still kicking he's coming."
-HOF guard John Hannah
Hey were getting some love on both of these BS networks lol
but next we got the immaculate catch ... no love
I hear ya brother. Sorry, whats good for the goose is good for the gander? Canít have it both ways.
If it werenít for Jim Plunkett, AND all the OTHER Raider players, Marcus very likely would not even have had a career much less a SB.
AGAIN, he could have been drafted by the Lions or Cardinals or Saints or any other team at that time who was not all together. Where would his career/Superbowl been then?
For the love of pete. He didnít even have to pack up and move from L.A. to Oakland! The Raiders came to him with there move to L.A. In my eyes, the guys a whinny little kid. Is he the only one on the face of the planet that has run into an issue with an employer?
At the time he made incredible money, he had fame, girls, status and a SB ring early in his career. How many players in the National Football League never come close to what he had?
For him to go on that Monday Night broadcast and denounce the very owner that gave him the opportunity (and a LOT of other things) in the first place is in a word... contemptible.
And for the network and the Raider hating Al Micheals to cast a stone in such a manner is about as disgraceful as ďhuman beingsĒ can get.
NOTE: Although Marcus was allowed plenty of airtime to in front of millions of viewers to sabotage the very organization that HELPED give him his fame, it was Al Davis who took the high road.
Regarding the Superbowl. As I recall, we where within about 6Ē or so from going down possibly 7 to nothing. It was Ray Guy who barely managed to corral an errant long snap that could have easily lead to a Washington recovery and a score.
Also, lest we forget it was Jim Plunkett who quarterbacked the team and had ALREADY had one SB ring on his finger WITHOUT the services of Marcus Allen. Call me crazy, but iím kinda under the impression even with Marcus we weren't going to the playoffs much less the SB with Marc Wilson.
One could even speculate that Marcus was very lucky to end up on TWO teams with fantastic QBís that helped his career tremendously. If you canít throw the ball or have a QB that isnít a threat in the game it can be damn tough to get the running game going as defenses will just key on it. Not to mention, both quarterbacks where able to throw the ball to him. Try being on the receiving end of a QB that can't find you and/or get the ball to you. That in itself helped his career a lot.
Not to mention we had a really good defense which afforded Allen extra attempts on the offensive side of the ball...
Ron Wolf in regards to Allen being the best all time (Raider) in his eyes.
So many great players it's hard to say which one is the best. But that is Ron Wolf's opinion and that is saying a lot.
Some other points that stick out are. How he intentionally fumbled 8 times in a H.S. game because he didn't want to play QB. I know he's young but c'mon man! I played in H.S. and that's a chump move, period.
How Marcus wouldn't extend his hand to Davis at his Hall of Fame induction, Yet Allen's father would shake Davis' hand.
How in my early 20's I felt when I watched that Monday night halftime interview. Didn't like it and still don't.
I liked Marcus, as a Raider. However, I don't believe for a second that he didn't choose K.C. for any other reason then to get back at Davis.
Yet he is going to sit there straight faced and say otherwise. Like his buddy O.J. very questionable character IMO.
Just think if he chose Denver. He could have possibly won two more rings.
Didn't watch it...didn't read the thread my thoughts. Bo Jackson was set up to be the best RB ever PERIOD (if not athlete) if he didn't get hurt.
An analogy...I don't care if you have Arian Foster, you play Barry Saunders! There would never have been a discussion if Bo played 10 years.
Plus with Al if you bad mouthed the Raiders organization in anyway you were dead to him (Rolando.) To him the organization was the most important thing in life. If you didn't feel the same you were a traitor. That's why all of our heros (from plunkett to madden to howie) still openly talk about the raiders with love in their hearts. They bought in to what Al was selling. More of a classic crime family than just a football team. That is also why guys like Allen and Gannon would never have been allowed to wear S&B again and agree with it or not thats why Al didn't attend Tim Brown's retirement. You were either all Raider or you were nothing!
Agree with it or not it was THAT passion...that love of something greater than himself...that brought us all to the raider nation. The game past him by at the dawn of free agency when his ideals didn't matter as much.
I didn't read the thread because I know there would be a lot of Al hatred because he wasn't a like able guy (especially at the end) and Marcus comes across as a great person. He is not a raider and though I don't hate him I will never consider him one of OUR all time greats!
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