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Brown: Raiders belong in Oakland, but NFL can thrive in LA

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Hall of Fame wide receiver Tim Brown played seven seasons with the Raiders in Los Angeles, then eight more with the Raiders in Oakland. So Brown’s advice for Rams players headed to Los Angeles to begin play in 2016 should be heeded.

“It’s really great to see Los Angeles get back into football,” Brown said. “It’s a great area for football but it can be tough because if you’re 4-6 and somebody has a choice between going to the beach and going to the game, the beach may win out.”

Brown stopped by PFT Live at Radio Row in San Francisco on Tuesday. He said he wants to see the uncertainty surrounding the Raiders “settle” and the team strike a deal to remain in Oakland.

“I believe the franchise belongs in Oakland,” Brown said. “I just don’t believe the money is there.”

As far as the Rams winning in L.A. to keep the attention of fans, Brown said the 2016 Rams will find life much easier than the Raiders found it in 1995.

“The hardest part of the move was we didn’t find out until, like, May,” he said. “We had to live in L.A. Everything stayed down there. We practiced there, lived there, trained there, then flew up for the games.

“We had 20 road games. We actually played pretty well. We were maybe 8-2 but then Jeff Hostetler got hurt and we didn’t get in the playoffs. Making the move before we actually could move, that was tough.”

Brown was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year. Watch the whole interview, including Brown discussing his Super Bowl and Heisman Trophy experiences, below.

 

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10 Responses to “Brown: Raiders belong in Oakland, but NFL can thrive in LA”
  1. JSpicoli says: Feb 2, 2016 6:14 PM

    Tim you did not thank Al in your HOF induction speech. I think it makes you small.

  2. araidersfan says: Feb 2, 2016 6:29 PM

    JSpicoli says:
    Feb 2, 2016 6:14 PM

    Tim you did not thank Al in your HOF induction speech. I think it makes you small.

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    Timmy also badmouthed John Madden on the eve of the 2006 HOF vote in a deliberate effort to sabotage Madden getting inducted. I can’t forgive Brown for that.

  3. hifive123 says: Feb 2, 2016 6:31 PM

    JSoicoli says:

    “Tim you did not thank Al in your HOF induction speech. I think it makes you small.”

    Maybe the Browns fans should thank Art Modell. Or the people of Saint Louis should thank Stan Kroenke. Tim and Marcus should put up a banner thanking Al.

    You just really don’t get what Al did to the Raiders.

  4. abninf says: Feb 2, 2016 6:37 PM

    Screw LA. It would be cool to see them in Las Vegas. Kind of fits the image. But imagine the police blotters.

  5. therealraider says: Feb 2, 2016 6:49 PM

    I’ve never forgiven him for putting on a Bucs uniform, especially after what happened in the Super Bowl, that was traitorous.

  6. raiderssf says: Feb 2, 2016 6:52 PM

    “I believe the franchise belongs in Oakland,” Brown said. “I just don’t believe the money is there…. for another Davis style boondoggle.”

  7. ketch20too says: Feb 2, 2016 7:01 PM

    The NFL has failed to thrive in LA repeatedly. Why believe this time will be different?

  8. radrntn says: Feb 2, 2016 7:03 PM

    there is plenty of money in the bay…it’s just LA has more people who flash the cash, but are in debt

  9. mdintino1420 says: Feb 2, 2016 8:32 PM

    The Raiders have been in need of a new stadium for 10+ years. This is not a new issue. If I was Mark Davis, I would have pulled the plug on Oakland and moved to Las Vegas. Libby Schaaf is tight with the buck, making it next to impossible to fund the stadium.

    I don’t understand why Oakland can’t issue bonds, or put a tax on something. If you put a small tax on movies, they would make a killing with Batman v Superman coming out at the end of March. The Raiders and A’s would both be taken care of.

    It seems like 2016 will be the last for the Oakland Raiders.

  10. mrneto72 says: Feb 2, 2016 11:24 PM

    I think Mark Davis should ask Libby out, they would make a good couple, then get her drunk and have her sign on the dotted line… 😛

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