Oakland Raiders legends Cliff Branch and Daryle Lamonica were inducted into the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame at a gala event held in Las Vegas Friday night.
During his 14-year Raiders career, Branch won three Super Bowls and remains the third all-time leading receiver in team history. He amassed 8,685 yards during a run-first era. Lamonica, aka "The Mad Bomber," was acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Bills in 1967. He immediately led the Silver and Black to a 13-1 record and a division title. The '67 team went on to win the AFL championship, defeating Houston 40-7, before falling to the Packers in Super Bowl II.
Quarterback Dan Pastorini was also inducted. He was picked up in a trade for Ken Stabler, but started only five games during the 1980 season for the Super Bowl bound Raiders.
Also honored at the June 3 event were NFL standouts Billy Kilmer, Don Maynard, Ed Flanagan, Ron Jaworski, Robert Brazile, Danny McManus, Eddie Meador and Jim Taylor.
Raiders owner Mark Davis was reportedly in attendance. Other Raiders previously inducted include owner Al Davis (in memoriam), tight end Raymond Chester and Fred Biletnikoff.
The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping retired players deal with hardships after football, such as transportation and medical assistance. Visit www.gridirongreats.org for more information.