Raiders honor Hall of Famers

Raiders honor Hall of Famers
December 6, 2012, 7:30 pm
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Jim Otto was one of 19 Hall of Famers recognized Thursday night in Oakland. (USA SPORTS IMAGES)

OAKLAND -- Raiders owner Mark Davis held another reunion, of sorts, both before and during halftime of Oakland's primetime game against Denver Thursday night.

Twelve of the 19 Hall of Famers Oakland recognizes were in attendance, plus three widows. They joined Carol Davis to help her light the flame named in her late husband's honor and were recognized wearing their gold jackets on the field at the half, alongside their busts, as part of the team honoring the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

The roll call, then: Jim Otto, George Blanda's widow Betty, Willie Brown, Gene Upshaw's widow Teresa, Fred Biletnikoff, Art Shell, Ted Hendricks, Mike Haynes, Howie Long, Ronnie Lott, Dave Casper, James Lofton, John Madden, Rod Woodson and Carol Davis.

The Raiders also recognized Bob Brown, Eric Dickerson, Jerry Rice and Marcus Allen, who Tweeted, "Couldn't make the game tonight but I'm there in spirit with all of the great Raiders Hall of Famers. Enjoy!!"

It was a classy ceremony, for sure, though it could have left many fans wanting more, as in more Raiders enshrined in Canton. Names such as Jim Plunkett, Tom Flores, Ray Guy, Cliff Branch, Lester Hayes and Ken Stabler.

Who else?