Top 5 Raiders Wide Receivers of All Time
By Bess Shapiro
As the Oakland Raiders debate whether Denarius Moore will replace Darrius Heyward-Bey as their No. 1 receiver for the 2013 season, it’s worth remembering which receivers helped the Silver and Black win three Super Bowls. There are five standouts who fit that description.
Fred Biletnikoff. No other player personifies the Raiders more than Biletnikoff. He spent his entire NFL career with Oakland from 1965 to 1978. Over that span he had 589 receptions for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns. He went to six Pro Bowls and was the MVP of Super Bowl XI, leading the Raiders over the Minnesota Vikings. Biletnikoff was known an acrobatic ability that enabled him to bring down errant passes. Even though Biletnikoff had fewer than 100 yards in that Super Bowl win, his 79-yard day set the Raiders up for three touchdowns that led to the convincing 32-14 win.
Cliff Branch. Branch has three Super Bowl rings and a total of 8,685 receiving yards for the Raiders. He also has 501 receptions and 67 touchdowns. During the 1974 season he led the NFL in receiving yards (1,092) and touchdowns (13). He still holds the franchise record for the longest TD reception (99 yards). In his three Super Bowls he posted 181 receiving yards and three TDs. Branch was a deep threat with amazing speed, who could snatch a ball away from much taller defensive backs.