Legendary former Raiders wide receiver Cliff Branch has died.
He was 71.
His cause of death was not immediately known, and the Raiders have not made a formal announcement. Several close to Branch have confirmed his passing.
Branch was one of the NFL's most dynamic receiving threats, who spent his entire career with the Silver and Black. He was a three-time Super Bowl champion and a three-time All-Pro, who also played in four Pro Bowls.
He finished an illustrious career with 501 receptions for 8,653 yards and 67 touchdowns, averaging an astonishing 17.3 yards per catch. Many consider his career worthy of induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Branch was an energetic fun-loving personality that was always a fan favorite. remained active with the Raiders after retiring in 1985, and was extremely close friends with owner Mark Davis.
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