Gridiron Greats Honors a Pair of Raiders Legends

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Cliff Branch gives his induction speech as he was enshrined in the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame.

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis was in attendance as Raiders Legends Cliff Branch and Daryle Lamonica were inducted into the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame Friday night at a gala event in Las Vegas. Dan Pastorini, traded to the Raiders from the Houston Oilers for Ken Stabler, was also inducted, along with former NFL greats Billy Kilmer, Don Maynard, Ed Flanagan, Ron Jaworski, Robert Brazile, Danny McManus, Eddie Meador, and Jim Taylor.

Branch won three Super Bowls with the Raiders and is the No. 3 all-time leading receiver in team history with 501 catches for 8,865 yards and 67 touchdowns.

Lamonica, acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Bills, finished his career as the Raiders No. 3 passer all-time, throwing for 16,655 yards and 148 touchdowns. He led the Silver and Black to their first championship, the AFL title in 1967, and a berth in Super Bowl II.

Longtime Raiders Owner Al Davis (in memoriam), tight end Raymond Chester and Fred Biletnikoff were inducted last year.

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Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, Inc.](http://gridirongreats.org/index.php/home/ "Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund"), hosted the annual Mike Ditka Hall of Fame weekend, which included a golf outing and the Hall of Fame induction dinner.

"Our Hall of Fame dinner is a great way for us to honor deserving individuals who have done so much helping others," Mike Ditka, Gridiron Greats Chairman, said via press release.

Oakland Raiders official podcast and nationally syndicated sports talk radio host JT the Brick served as Master of Ceremonies.


About Gridiron Greats

The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF) is a non-stock, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing financial grants and 'pro bono' medical assistance to retired NFL players in dire need. The organization focuses on the humanitarian side of post-football related issues, which include coordination of social services to retired players who are in need due to a variety of reasons including inadequate disability and/or pensions.

The GGAF's mission is to assist dire need retired NFL players who were pioneers of the game and who have greatly contributed to the NFL's status as the most popular sport in America. GGAF provides hands-on assistance to help retired players and their families deal with hardships they face after football. The services include medical assistance, transportation costs for medical evaluations and surgeries, housing assistance, financial assistance for utilities, medication, and coordination of services for food, automotive payments and childcare.

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