But with the display containing no Raiders helmet, jersey, or pants, the folks who run the museum in Canton have made it clear that the Raiders have a real presence, in connection with the commemorations of the man known as the Snake.
Most of the “artifacts” (presumably, shoulder pads, cleats, and other padding) come from Stabler’s time in Oakland. Also, there’s another display featuring a silver and black Stabler jersey. Apparently, it’s only five feet away from the official display that appears to be Raider-free.
Ultimately, the Favre and Stabler controversies aren’t bad for the Hall of Fame. They generated a little extra buzz for the place in Canton that thrives on people choosing to go there. It’s one thing to go there to see what’s in there. Some may now want to go there to see what isn’t.
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