Oakland Raiders: Whether You Love Em or Hate Em, They Are Greatest of All Time

So what's you favorite NFL football team?

If you are part of the Raidernation, you are pretty much prepared for two responses. The first is: "Alright!, the Raiders are my team, too! What's up, brother?!" The second is the infamous: "A Raider fan, oh my God. I can't stand the Raiders."

It's really a pleasure being part of the Raidernation. The Oakland Raiders have so much history, so many legendary players and for some reason, there is a multitude of people that are against the Silver and Black.

In fact, I would guess that these "Raider Hater" parents probably didn't like the Oakland Raiders and instilled in their offspring to hate the Raiders. So what does this tell you about the "Haters," who were never old enough to see the light? The opposition was brought on early.

It says that they have not taken the time to study the NFL and the greatest teams around. For some it could just be a fear of the dark since the Oakland Raiders are silver and black. Well, "Come to the Darkside." Chances are that if they had the option to choose a team for themselves, they would go with the Silver and Black.

Kind of funny if you think about it.

It is known that for the first 30 years of NFL football there was some serious poundings given by the Raiders. NFL football back in the day allowed a lot more punishment, and the referees allowed the players to play football. Today's football has a lot more rules to protect the players, and it's a benefit since today's players are faster.

Oakland had some of the toughest players around back then. They had huge names and pain givers like Jack Tatum, Otis Sistrunk, Ted Hendricks, Howie Long, Lyle Alzado, Gene Upshaw, Art Shell, John Matuszak, Matt Millen, Henry Lawrence, and, honestly, I could go on forever.

Regardless, these players punished opponents to the point that the Pittsburgh Steeler head coach Chuck Knoll took the Silver and Black to court for being ...

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