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ESPN Player Poll Tabs Raiders As Least Desirable NFL Team For Which To Play

Players ranked the Raiders and Bills as the least desirable NFL destinations
A survey given to more than 100 NFL players shows the Raiders are the "least desirable team to play for in the NFL," according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. The survey asked the following question: "The only way I'd play for (team name) is if they doubled my salary." Of the 82 players who answered that particular question, 23% “named the Raiders,” followed by the Bills (19%), Browns (16%), Jaguars (9%) and Packers (6%). Raiders S Charles Woodson said, "I've never heard anybody that said they didn't want to play for the Raiders, so that's pretty shocking." Raiders FB Marcel Reece: “The most hated team in the world? The first thing that comes to mind is the Oakland Raiders. The bad boys. The black sheep of the NFL. … We're not the team that's having the most arrests in the NFL, or the DUIs or the drug cases or throwing the big parties. But we just have that stigma around us” (ESPN.com, 8/25). ESPN.com's Dan Graziano noted NFLers "talk to each other, and teams get reputations -- good and bad." A bad reputation can be "pretty tough to shake." Giants RB Rashad Jennings, who played for the Raiders in '13, said, "The organization is lovely. The fans are great. The people are great. The weather's awesome. I don't really know why anybody would not ... well, if they've been other places before, the facilities there are not the best. ... Have you seen their weight room?" He continued, "My high school's was better, and I'm not kidding about that." Graziano wrote the "lesson for the teams that got these votes is pretty simple: You can't control the weather, but you have to do what you can to control the way people on the outside perceive you" (ESPN.com, 8/25).
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