The Raiders organization mourned the passing of one of their own on Monday. Marv Hubbard, who was the anchor of the Raiders running attack in the early 70s died at the age of 68.
"The Raiders are saddened to learn of the passing of former Raiders running back Marv Hubbard, who played for the Raiders from 1969-75." said the team in a press release Monday.
Known as "Marvelous Marv" back in those days, he played eight seasons in the NFL, the first seven with the Oakland Raiders from 1969-75. During that time he was named to 3 Pro Bowls as a fullback.
Known for his punishing running style, Hubbard appeared in 90 NFL games with 58 starts and gained 4,394 yards on 913 carries with 22 touchdowns. He added 79 catches for 592 yards and 1 TD.
His ability to get the extra yards was evident in his career 4.82 yards per carry which placed him among the league's best during those days. His time with the Raiders ended when a shoulder injury eventually placed him on injured reserve for the Raiders' 1976 run to the Super Bowl, ushering in Mark Van Eeghen as the next great Raiders running back.
Old number 44 was one of the first great running backs to don Silver & Black. During his time with the Raiders the team had unprecedented success and Hubbard very deservedly received a Super Bowl ring to show for it. He helped build the legacy and passed the torch to Van Eeghen and others to carry to future Championships.