Terry McDaniel was another great Las Vegas Raider

The Oakland-Los Angeles Raiders had an incredible streak of cornerbacks, starting with Willie Brown and including Kent McCloughan, Fred Williamson, Skip Thomas, Lester Hayes, Mike Haynes, Charles Woodson, Eric Allen, Nnamdi Asomugha, Philip Buchanon, and more.

The Raiders selected cornerback Terry McDaniel with the ninth overall pick in the 1988 NFL Draft out of Tennessee and all he did in 10 seasons with the Silver and Black was collect 34 interceptions to win. rank third on the franchise’s all-time list behind Brown and Hayes, both with 39, for 624 yards and the Raiders’ best five touchdowns.

Not only that, McDaniel has forced seven fumbles in his career and returned two for touchdowns.

“They told me how Mike Haynes had just set a new standard (salary) for cornerbacks, said McDaniel, who moved from wide receiver to cornerback after his second season at Tennessee, which changed the direction of his career.

“It was a discussion when I came to the Raiders about how I could fit in, but I think their decision was made. … You hear so much about the Raiders. People think, ‘The Raiders are coming, hide women and children.’ »

Even though he was only 5-10 and 190 pounds, the Raiders thought McDaniel was just what they needed in the corner after making 146 tackles during his career at Tennessee, breaking up 11 passes and making six interceptions before to be selected All-Southeastern Conference and second-team All-American as a senior.

However, McDaniel missed most of his rookie year with a broken leg suffered in the second game of the season, but he showed Raider Nation what he was missing the following season, when he made 68 tackles. , three interceptions he returned for 21 yards. , ran for 42 yards for a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the season opener and added a sack.

During his 10 seasons with the Raiders, McDaniel made 491 tackles and three sacks, and was selected All-Pro four times and played in five Pro Bowls.

“Terry has been playing like a Pro Bowl player since he’s been here and sending the message that he deserves to be grouped with the best,” Raiders coach Art Shell said at the time. “Like all great players, he puts enough pressure on himself to excel and is never satisfied. He always pushes himself to improve.

McDaniel’s best season was probably 1994, when he had a career-high 61 tackles and seven interceptions, which he returned for 103 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to making three fumble recoveries that he recovered for 48 yards and another score.

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Among the highlights of this season, McDaniel intercepted a pass from Denver Broncos great John Elway and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown in a 48-16 win at Mile High Stadium in Denver.

Later that season, McDaniel intercepted three passes from New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, returning them for 44 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown, plus another that set up the game-winning touchdown. in a 21-17 Raiders win.

After playing 143 games with the Raiders, McDaniel was released after missing three games in 1996 with a knee injury and signed with the Seattle Seahawks, where in his final NFL season he intercepted a pass and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown.

These days, McDaniel, 57, is a Sunday school teacher for Truth in God Ministry in Knoxville, Tennessee. Every year, he hosts a free youth football camp in his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, where he grew up. on the poor side of town.

For the first camp in 1995, he brought in fellow NFL players Lionel Washington, Tim Brown, Mark Ingram, Darren Hoskins and James Trapp.

“I just wanted the kids there to have the opportunity to meet a professional athlete,” McDaniel said. “I remember growing up in Saginaw. Professional athletes always seemed untouchable. I wanted to give kids a chance to talk and interact with NFL players.

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