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Charles Woodson stumps for Lester Hayes as next deserving Raider to get into Hall of Fame

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A few years ago, the list of worthy Raiders who did not receive a call to the Hall was long. The senior committee helped correct many mistakes, most notably Ray Guy, Ken Stabler, Tom Flores and, to date, Cliff Branch.

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These were some of the great men who might be called outlaws for being overlooked for so long.

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Now that Cliff Branch has finally qualified after 32 years of membership, who’s next? Charles Woodson knows who he would choose – Lester Hayes.

He is not wrong. Hayes would get my vote as the next most deserving raider if I had a vote.

Unfortunately, those who DO have voices on such things turn a blind eye to what Hayes has accomplished in his career as a cornerback for the Raiders.

Hayes spent his entire 10-year NFL career with the Raiders. During this time, he won two Lombard trophies, visited five Pro Bowl tournaments, and in 1980 set a modern NFL record with 13 interceptions, which called his name. first All Pro team.

He was one half of the fearsome Hayes/Hanes duo that helped the Raiders win their third Super Bowl. Haynes has long been in the Hall of Fame. While Hayes is still waiting.

Why is he waiting? You can theorize, but none of the reasons will be legitimate.

Some point out that he used Stick-em lavishly – a substance that was legal in the years he used it – but if you look at some of the other players who used it at the time who are in the Hall of Fame, including one Fred Biletnikoff – this argument seems to fall apart.

Some point simply to the fact that he was part of that “dirty” Raider defense, especially the secondary one. Or perhaps simply because he was with the Raiders at a time when the NFL wasn’t too interested in Al Davis and his insistence on doing things his own way.

The latter actually seems the most plausible, especially in light of all the other great raiders who have waited so long for the call.

Charles Woodson was called to the first round. And he would like the Lester Hayes wait to end after 32 years. Let’s see if the senior committee listens.

The story originally appeared on Raiders Wire.


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