In my mind, Jim Plunkett belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
After all, he is the only Hall of Fame-eligible quarterback to win two or more Super Bowl rings as a starter not in the Canton, Ohio, museum. Still, Plunkett — who quarterbacked the Raiders to Super Bowl wins in Super Bowls XV and XVIII and was the MVP in Super Bowl XV — does not get the historical credit he is due.
So, it was pretty cool to see the NFL Network recently give a nod to Plunkett, who is now 74. Peter Schrager recently listed Plunkett among his top five most underrated quarterbacks in NFL history as shown in the below tweet:
This is a heck of a list and Plunkett, who played for the Raiders from 1978-86 to end a career that began as the No. 1 overall pick by the New England Patriots in 1971 after winning the Heisman Trophy at Stanford, surely deserves to be remembered as a great NFL quarterback,
In other Raiders’ links:
- Carr No. 11: Chris Simms has Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr ranked as the No. 11 best quarterback in the NFL.
- Gruden lawsuit update: Pro Football Talk has an update on Jon Gruden’s lawsuit against the NFL.
- Is Josh McDaniels the bets offensive play caller in the NFL? New Raiders’ defensive coordinator Patrick Graham thinks so.