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Terrible Decade Included One Great Kicker



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    Shane Lechler has been named to the NFL All-Decade Team.

    The Team of the Decades just completed its lousiest decade ever. From the 2000-2009 NFL seasons, the Oakland Raiders' regular season record was 62-98.

    But this decade of repeated abysmal 6-10 and 5-11 campaigns did not come and go without its distinctions. Raiders.com reports that punter Shane Lechler has been named to the NFL's All-Decade Team.

    The All-Decade Team is a position-by-position all-star team named by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee members. So that bodes pretty well for Lechler's odds of perhaps getting an additional significant honor sometime after he retires.

    The Oakland Raiders football organization is no stranger to NFL All-Decade Team awards. Tim Brown, Steve Wisniewski, and Ronnie Lott won the honor at their respective positions for the 90's. The 80's team had five Raiders, and the 70's saw seven Raiders named to the team, including punter Ray Guy.

    Shane Lechler has been a Raider since entering the NFL in 2000, and in that time he's compiled the league's highest career average ever for a punter. He nearly broke the 70-year-old record single season average this season, he's been named to five Pro Bowls, and he's the highest-paid punter in the history of the NFL.

    Shane Lechler tells Chuck Norris to go screw himself, right to his face.

    The entire NFL All-Decade Team will be named Sunday in a special edition of NFL Sunday Countdown prior to the Pro Bowl on ESPN.

    And no, Raiders fans, you were not the losing-est team of this past decade. That honor belongs to the Detroit Lions, whose regular season record for the decade was 42-118.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who still doesn't know what to call that last decade, even though it has already ended.