Thursday, January 16, 2014
NFL survey/franchise player: Raiders
By Paul Gutierrez
Still wondering if quarterback is the most important position in football? Wonder no more as QBs filled out five of our top seven spots in our anonymous survey conducted by every ESPN NFL Nation reporter on their respective beat that asked the question: If you had to start a team with one player, whom would it be?
And Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning topped the list with 19.3 percent of the vote, followed closely by his successor in Indianapolis, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who had 17.5 percent of the vote.
Luck is 13 years younger than Manning so you get the sense the players went with experience over potential.
No Raiders players finished in the top seven, in which 37 players received votes.
The rest of the vote: New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (12.8 percent), Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (12.5), Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (11.6), Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (6.3) and New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (3.4).
The voting trend was similar in the Raiders’ locker room with Manning getting the most votes, followed by Brady.