Cliff Branch 21 Jersey
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SPEED

World-Class Speed

Perhaps Cliff Branch’s greatest on-field legacy is a simple one: He was very, very fast. He excelled at indoor and outdoor track at the University of Colorado, running a 10.1 100-meter in the 1972 NCAA Championships — a number that meets Olympic qualifying standards even today. He was drafted by the Raiders later that year, immediately proving to be a game-breaking deep threat. Cliff’s talent warped defenses and shifted coverages, opening up the field for the rest of the Raiders offense. Yet even when the defense knew he was coming, they couldn’t stop him: Of his 72 career touchdowns, 32 were 30-plus yards, including his famous 99-yarder in 1983.